On May 23, 2016, leaders from all backgrounds discussed the future of education in North Dakota. Focused on evolving student needs and a changing workforce, participants envisioned education in 2030. Notes, presentations and documents found here provide a foundation for the Envision working groups as they work toward implementing short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals articulated from Envision 2030.

Continuing the Envision 2030 discussions

The North Dakota University System scheduled nine “Pillar” events that continued the discussions started earlier this year at the Envision 2030 education summit.

The events took place throughout the state from September through November of 2016. In May the initial Envision 2030 breakout sessions allowed stakeholders from the academic, business and legislative communities to discuss and set short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for higher education in North Dakota. The Pillar events continued those discussions with further input from expanded groups of stakeholders on how to best reach those goals.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the events helped shape the future of higher education in the state.

“We were excited to begin this next series of discussions with input from lawmakers, business and industry representatives, staff, faculty, and of course, students,” Hagerott said. “We’ve come together to set the goals, now we’ll figure out how we can best reach them.”

The Pillar events took place throughout the system:

Thursday, Sept. 15. 10 a.m.-noon. Dickinson State University. Diversity.

Wednesday, Sept. 21. 6-8 p.m. Williston State College. Energy.

Thursday, Oct. 6. 1-3 p.m. Valley City State University. Liberal Arts & Humanities.

Tuesday, Oct. 11. 8-10 a.m. University of North Dakota. Tomorrow’s Student.

Thursday, Oct. 13. 1-3 p.m. North Dakota State University. Agriculture.

Tuesday, Oct. 18. 1-3 p.m. Lake Region State College. Health Care.

Wednesday, Oct. 19. 1-3 p.m. Bismarck State College. Technology.

Thursday, Oct. 20. 1-3 p.m. North Dakota State College of Science (Fargo). Manufacturing.

Wednesday, Oct. 26. 1-3 p.m. Minot State University. The Whole Student.

10 Teams

Drawing from campuses, business and industry and with legislative input, system office formed 10 Advisory Teams – one for each topic, including that of Law which had been added in November. These teams drafted reports providing contextualized pathways forward on how the university system can move toward each Pillar’s goals. Individual reports can be downloaded below.

[Note: Reports on Diversity and Health Care are expected later this summer. Previous notes can be accessed at their respective buttons below.]

Video Recap:

The Envision Papers

North Dakota University System staff created an Executive Summary and a White Paper, integrating the goals of Envision 2030 with six Cabinet Studies and the State Board of Higher Education’s strategic plan. Those documents can be found at right.