OF THE GOVERNOR
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Gov. Rounds Awards $550,000 to University Faculty for Course Redesign
(Pierre) -- Gov. Mike Rounds is awarding nearly $550,000 to nine faculty-led projects at the state's six public universities to redesign courses for improved student learning. The projects, all of which involve two or more universities working collaboratively, also aim to reduce costs of course delivery.
The grant awards are going to 22 higher education faculty members. Using externally developed course materials, faculty teams-each representing two, three, or four public universities-will redesign specific courses to improve students' learning of course content and reduce the costs of offering the course.
"These grants will encourage further efficiencies and collaboration within the public university system," said Gov. Rounds. "At the same time, the program also supports the continuing integration of technology within the higher education curriculum."
University faculty members typically work on a nine-month contract. Under the Governor's program, faculty submitted proposals to spend the summer months redesigning courses. The faculty members whose projects are chosen receive a grant that provides support for two to three months' work and release time from teaching in the fall.
Robert T. Tad Perry, executive director for the South Dakota Board of Regents, says the Governor's awards will encourage collaboration and innovation. "The courses being funded for redesign all involve two or more universities who teach similar courses," he said. "It makes a lot of sense to take advantage of the course materials already developed by other universities across this country to further our institutional collaboration in South Dakota."
Note: The list of 2003 grant awards follows. For more information you can also contact Dr. Paul Gough, Director of Policy and Planning, South Dakota Board of Regents, (605) 773-3455, or the university/media relations offices at the state universities:
· Black Hills State University, Media Relations, (605) 642-6215
· Dakota State University, Public Relations and Marketing, (605) 256-5119
· Northern State University, University Relations, (605) 626-2552
· South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, University and Public Relations, (605) 394-2554
· South Dakota State University, University Relations, (605) 688-6161
* University of South Dakota, Media Relations, (605) 677-6116
2003 Governor Rounds Grants for Course Redesign
Here is a list of courses and faculty members receiving the 2003 Governor Rounds' Grants for Course Redesign:
MIS 105 Introduction to Computers
Pat Mackin and Jean Johnson, Black Hills State University; and Sharon Paranto, Northern State University; to convert course into self-paced laboratory format.
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
202 Principles of Macroeconomics
440 Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Design
100 Introduction to Sociology
326L Organic Chemistry I Lab
470 Software Engineering
225 Calculus III