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North Dakota Universities Crumble

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North Dakota is struggling to finance deteriorating public universities even as it experiences the biggest energy boom in its history, raising concern that less prosperous states will face more serious funding challenges.

Students returning this week will attend classes in buildings without adequate ventilation or fire detection systems and in historic landmarks with buckling foundations. A space crunch is making it difficult for researchers to obtain grants and putting the accreditation of several programs at risk, administrators say.

“It’s embarrassing,” said North Dakota state Representative Kathy Hawken, a Republican from Fargo who sits on the higher education funding and budget committees. “We have a divided legislature on higher ed: Some think we put too much money into it and some think we don’t put enough. Buildings aren’t people, so we don’t put dollars there.”

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those greedy oil companies, how dare they not to throw money at schools. they have to be all republicans. lmao. "sarcasm"

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And I'm sure college tuition hasn't changed in years....

Colleges, while apparently necessary, are one of the biggest scams of our hard earned money. From the ridiculous cost of tuition, to the books/lab/parking/housing fees, to the ridiculous cost to keep the football teams.

If a college isn't making money hand over fist, then they need a good hard look at their accounting books.

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And I'm sure college tuition hasn't changed in years....

Colleges, while apparently necessary, are one of the biggest scams of our hard earned money. From the ridiculous cost of tuition, to the books/lab/parking/housing fees, to the ridiculous cost to keep the football teams.

If a college isn't making money hand over fist, then they need a good hard look at their accounting books.

Unless the football teams actually make money, which many/most do. Some athletic departments (not many, around 12 or so each year) make money that goes back into the general fund for the school. For those ADs that don't, most do not because of the non-revenue sports (baseball, swimming, tennis, golf, all women's sports, etc) and not because of football or basketball.

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those greedy oil companies, how dare they not to throw money at schools. they have to be all republicans. lmao. "sarcasm"

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I think the OP's saying that the state's raking in cash hand over fist, but none of it's going to the colleges.

Now, this (once again) might be a result of our different cultures, but when a state government gets a financial windfall here, that cash is very quickly spent on making the government look good so it'll get re-elected vital infrastructure projects like universities and schools.

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