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North Dakota Chancellor scraps extensive reviews of presidents

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- The interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System has scrapped plans for extensive outside evaluations of college presidents.

Larry Skogen says the evaluations are expensive and would have to be scheduled on a rotation with two presidents each year. He says the decision is better left to his successor.

The so-called 360 reviews include confidential surveys and interviews. Skogen says because of North Dakota's open records laws, the evaluations would have to be modified and would perhaps not be as effective.

Previous chancellor Hamid Shirvani had called for 360 reviews after he gave some presidents unfavorable evaluations. Skogen discussed the idea with numerous consultants before deciding against it.

Skogen has completed his own evaluations. He says the presidents had a successful year and people should be ''very very proud.''