For Release January 23

Regents hear status reports on Centers of Excellence

VERMILLION—Meeting today on the campus of the University of South Dakota, the Board of Regents heard status reports from each of the public universities on the implementation and development of their Centers of Excellence, approved by the Board last year.

The Centers of Excellence are in: Math & Science Education – BHSU; Computer/Information Systems – DSU; International Business – NSU; Advanced Manufacturing & Production – SDSMT; Biostress – SDSU; Engineering Technology – SDSU; Civic Leadership – USD; Mental Health – USD; and in Ambulatory Primary Care – USDSM.

The Centers, part of the Board’s Reinvestment Through Efficiencies program, are differentially funded in order to achieve national recognition for excellence in their areas. Today’s status reports covered developments during the Centers’ first six months, such as establishment of organizational structures, staff selection and training, curriculum development, as well as development and implementation of instructional, research, and public service activities.

Regents’ Vice President James Hansen said, "The Board is excited about the continuing growth of the Centers. They hold great potential that is just beginning to be experienced."

The Centers’ missions are all designed to have an impact on South Dakota, explained Hansen. "The Centers of Excellence are educating and researching issues that affect the everyday lives of South Dakotans as well as helping to develop new opportunities for people. Such as crop and livestock productivity, manufacturing technology, and training and outreach into computer and information systems. These are all areas that will benefit South Dakota commerce and its people," said Hansen.

Board of Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry said, "Fully operational now, the Centers will continue to grow and develop stronger and stronger programs that will be national hallmarks of success in South Dakota."

The Board of Regents will meet again at the South Dakota School for the Visually Handicapped in Aberdeen on March 26-17, 1998.

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