The Group Decision Center at North Dakota State University opened its doors in 1998 with the help of Cargill, a major corporate partner, when the need for more efficient and effective meetings arose. The technology laboratory located in the union in what is now known as the Mandan consisted of 24 computers, a network server, a lead station, and a Proxima projector. With the new laboratory came new opportunities for students, faculty and staff. They were now able to conduct electronic demonstrations and short meetings.
Today, the GDC is located at the NDSU Family Life Center and has been updated to include 30 laptop computers and a wireless network. The software and technology has been updated several times since its foundation, adding the ability to conduct more complex online surveys and virtual meetings.
The Group Decision Center enhances the land grant mission of NDSU by providing a platform for research and evaluation that is available for all students, faculty, administration, and staff, while also remaining accessible to the community and NDSU Alumni.