For Release April 1

Board of Regents Seeks Rental Facility for Sioux Falls Center

PIERRE—The South Dakota Board of Regents invites proposals for rental space in Sioux Falls to house the Center for Public Higher Education. South Dakota State University, Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota offer classes through the center.

"We are currently offering classes all over the city. Some facilities are better than others. We’d like to consolidate all classes in one place for convenience, quality and safety," said Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry. "By releasing a request for proposals, the Board hopes to find the most appropriate facility at the most reasonable cost."

The Board has specified a location that is close to one or more of the freeways with parking for about 500 cars. Interior space available for classrooms and laboratories should run about 24,000 square feet. The building should accommodate a telecommunications studio, and computer and science laboratories. Proposals are due in the Board office on May 1, 1998.

Copies of the specifications and summary of programmed space are available by contacting the Board of Regents office in Pierre at (605) 773-3455 or the Center for Public Higher Education in Sioux Falls at (605) 367-5640. The specifications are also available on the Internet at the Board’s Home Page at

Currently 1000 students attend classes at the center. Enrollment is expected to grow at a rate of 5% to 10% annually for the next several years. "We expect that the adult population in the Sioux Falls area, those people who are tied to this locale because of jobs and family, will continue to be the pool of students who will attend classes at the center. As technology changes the way we all do business, many people will resume their education in order to keep up with changes in their fields. Our goal with the center is to make higher education convenient for them, to fit their schedules and their goals," Perry said.

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