State university system seeks budget increase

By Kevin Burbach, Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 22, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.



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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota University System is expected to approve its biennial budget request this week that will ask the state for a 12.5 percent increase in funding over the next two years.

A large part of the $764 million base budget request expected to be approved next week comes from the implementation of a new higher education funding model.

The new model was approved in last year's legislative session and the formula it uses calls for $49 million more in operating funding. The model funds schools based on the number of credits completed, rather than relying on past payments and student enrollments.

The system also wants to make several improvements at the state's campuses, like providing around-the-clock security and system-wide mental health support for students, including after-hour crisis intervention.

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