The Upper Midwest Center on Public Policy (UMCPP) at North Dakota State University (NDSU) is a research and educational unit dedicated to providing a better understanding of political and governmental processes in North Dakota, Minnesota, and beyond. The UMCPP was established in December 2013.
Dr. Nick Bauroth is the director of the Center. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
The Center is currently engaged in a number of research activities, including the study of the voting preferences of North Dakota college students; campaign contributions in the Upper Midwestern states; and potential new revenue sources for North Dakota.
Research Alert: Montana State University-Bozeman released The Western States Coronavirus Survey in April/May, 2020. The survey presents public attitudes on politics and policies as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah. The Western States Coronavirus Survey can be accessed at:
The Center's most recent projects include:
A study of contributions and expenditures to state house and senate candidates titled 'North Dakota Legislative Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Over the 2020 Election Cycle."
An examination of the college voting experiences in the 2020 election titled 'Report on the 2020 North Dakota Student Political Engagement Survey.' Released April 2021.
A study of changes to North Dakota campaign reporting requirements for legislative campaign committees and their impact upon the 2018 electoral cycle titled 'A Better Understanding: The Effect of Revisions to North Dakota Campaign Law upon Transparency in the 2018 Legislative Elections.' Released March 2020.
An examination of college student voting experiences in the 2018 election titled 'Sweating the Midterms: Results of a Survey of North Dakota College Students Regarding Attitudes and Voting Experiences in the 2018 Midterm Election.' Released February 2019.
A study of North Dakota campaign financing in legislative elections titled 'The Data is Still Missing: An Examination of Campaign Contributions to Legislative Campaign Committees in North Dakota, 2016'. The study and data set are in the Studies and Reports section. Released October 2017.
An examination of college student support for the various presidential candidates in the 2016 election titled '2016 North Dakota College Student Voter Study, Part 2.' Released March 2017.
An examination of college student voting experiences in the 2016 election titled '2016 North Dakota College Student Voter Study, Part 1.' Released March 2017.
A study on North Dakota campaign financing in legislative elections titled 'Missing Data: An Examination of Campaign Contributions to Legislative Campaign Committees in North Dakota'. The study and accompanying data sets are in the Studies and Reports section. Released July 2016
An oral history of the MnDak Upstream Coalition titled 'Protest on the Red River: An Oral History of the MnDak Upstream Coalition'. A report on this oral history is in the Studies and Reports section. Released April 2015.
A study of North Dakota campaign financing called 'Transparency in North Dakota Financing: An Examination of Campaign Contributions to Statewide Candidate Committees, Political Action Committees, Multi-Candidate Political Committees, and State Political Parties, 2009-2014'. The report and accompanying data set is in the Studies and Reports section. Released July 2015.