Services the Group Decision Center provides staff, faculty, and students.


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The Group Decision Center at North Dakota State University opened its doors in 1998 with a major contribution from Cargill and additional contributions from the following partners:

  • Dakota Beverage
  • Dakota Heartland Health Systems
  • Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions
  • Agilent Technologies
  • MeritCare (now Sanford)
  • Gate City Bank
  • PRACS Institute
  • Eide Bailly

These partners identified the need for more efficient and effective meetings through the use of technology. The center was first located in the Memorial Union in what is now known as the Mandan Room. The meeting space was equipped with 24 computers, a network server, a lead station, and a Proxima projector. This new center brought new opportunities for students, faculty and staff. They were now able to conduct electronic demonstrations and short meetings.

In February of 2014, the Group Decision Center added the Qualtrics survey software to its portfolio of services. The Qualtrics survey software license is paid for by NDSU's Office of Teaching and Learning to provide FREE access to survey tools to all faculty, staff, and students. In-house survey building experts are available to guide you in the set-up of your survey and ensure your survey meets all 508 (web accessibility) compliance standards.

Today, the Group Decision Center is located at the NDSU Family Life Center, Room 320, and has been updated to include 30 laptop computers and a wireless network. The software and technology has been updated several times since the center began, and maintains the ability to conduct complex online surveys and virtual meetings.

The Group Decision Center enhances the land grant mission of NDSU by providing a support platforms for research and evaluation that are available for FREE to all students, faculty, administration, and staff, while remaining a low cost, accessible, option for the business, non-profit and NDSU Alumni communities.





The following organizations were initial contributors that helped make NDSU's Group Decision Center possible. Each organization is considered a life-long partner of the Group Decision Center.


Cargill was an initial major contributor. 

Eide Bailly, LLP
Gate City Bank





MeritCare was acquired by Sanford Health in 2009.

Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions


Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions' name changed to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

PRACS Institute, Ltd.


PRACS Institute closed in 2013.



Dakota Heartland Health Systems
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