I am 100% in favor of working to reduce the number of students driving to college. Of course I understand the challenges, especially in the Dakotas with the weather and what not.
I would personally like to see many on campus parking spots turned into green space. Close at least some of the roads on campus and turn them into bike and walking areas -- or more green space, perhaps plazas? Cars and tons of pedestrians already don't work so well, why not get rid of at least some of them and beautify while at it.
Many colleges and universities in the Dakotas do promote public transit where possible, of course in many areas this is not feasible. While I would like to see more stern approaches like in some of the articles, I am going to be realistic.
Promote public transit, don't build more parking lots off campus, remove some lots on campus, close down at least some on campus roads, add more bike racks and biking programs, and do some beautification of former parking lots and roads. Thats not asking too much, is it?