There is a popular myth in North Dakota, one particularly acute among those work in our state’s public university system, which holds that the universities are being choked to death by stingy state policymakers.

Back in September, Sheila Liming, an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of North Dakota, wrote an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education arguing that her institution is “dying.” She blamed budget cuts.

Today, in the Fargo Forum, Adam Goldwyn, an associate professor of English at North Dakota State University, made a similar argument. He said our state’s public universities are in a “death spiral.” He, too, blames budget cuts:

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