SDBOR Mission and Core Goals
The public university system contributes in vital and substantial ways to South Dakota's economic growth and well being. The public universities produce a competitive workforce, while also building a more robust economy for the state. Higher education and economic development go hand in hand. South Dakota public universities together generate about $2.66 billion in annual economic impact to the state, from a state investment of $197 million (based on FY2016 data).
In 2014, the South Dakota Board of Regents adopted a new strategic plan. As a formal statement of the Board's core goals, the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan
provides a blueprint for advancing the university system's major priorities. The plan identifies four key priority areas – student success, academic quality and performance, research and economic development, and affordability and accountability – and ties each to a firm set of aspirational goals, intended outcomes, and defined action steps. Overall, the plan aims to establish a framework that will help to facilitate systematic, intentional, and goal-minded policymaking in the public university system.
The strategic plan will be reassessed in the coming year and the executive director will have a crucial role in its revision.