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ND Voters decide the Fate of the Higher Education Board

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota voters will decide next year whether a three-member, full-time commission should replace the current eight-member, part-time state Board of Higher Education.

 The House on Tuesday approved sending the measure to the November 2014 statewide ballot. The Senate approved it Monday. It requires a vote because it seeks to change the state constitution.

The Higher Education board oversees the state's 11 public colleges and universities.

 Sponsors of the measure want a different system that provides a clear chain of command between the higher education system's governing board and the 11 university presidents. Those opposed to the proposal say a permanent commission would be closely tied to state government, and would not have autonomy from the Legislature.

If approved, the new commission would take effect July 1, 2015.

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