For Immediate Release 13 December 2001
Board of Regents Reviews Governors Budget Recommendations
RAPID CITYFor fiscal year 2003 Governor William J. Janklow has recommended a total general fund increase of 4.96% over the current fiscal year for all public universities and the two special schools. The South Dakota Board of Regents reviewed the Governors recommended FY03 budget at its regular business meeting today on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT).
"Even though projected revenues for FY03 are less than the Governors proposed budget, he has been very supportive of the statewide educational institutions," said Regents President Harvey C. Jewett, Aberdeen. "The Governors proposal includes an increase in base funds for the Northern State University Statewide Center for E-Learning, which was funded last year by a special appropriation. In its first semester of operation hundreds of South Dakota high school students are taking through distance education upper-level courses that would not have been available to them without this program. It is important to fund this program, especially when revenues get tight."
Other items in the budget include:
"The Regents requested a base increase to fund an expansion of the nursing programs at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota," said Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry. "The actual amount we requested has not been included in the general fund appropriation bill, but the Governor is recommending approval of a special appropriation to fund a five-year expansion. Under this proposal the University of South Dakota Associate Degree Nursing satellite programs in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Watertown, and Pierre would produce an additional 384 graduates during that time. The Baccalaureate Degree Nursing program at South Dakota State University would expand for a two-year period to produce an additional 64 graduates."
The Board also requested funds to address the teacher shortage in critical areas. The Governor is recommending a cooperative approach with the Department of Labor instead. Grants could be available to students through the Workforce Investment Act that would allow teacher education majors to seek second endorsements in areas identified as critical shortages.
The Governor presented his proposed budget to the Legislature on November 29. The Legislature will approve the states budget in the 2002 session starting in January.
For more information, contact: Dr. Robert T. Tad Perry, Executive Director, or Monte Kramer, Director of Finance and Administration, (605) 773-3455.-End-
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