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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 25, 2003

 Sioux Falls Responds to Public Higher Education Offerings

ABERDEEN – USDSU, the public higher education center in Sioux Falls, grew steadily over the last year, with a 17 percent jump in unduplicated headcount last fall and a 30 percent increase over the year in number of credit hours delivered. In a report Wednesday to the South Dakota Board of Regents, Executive Dean Mark Lee said USDSU served 2,897 students over the three academic semesters ending this spring.

“USDSU is clearly meeting its mission to provide the Sioux Falls community with convenient local access to public higher education programs,” said Regents President Harvey C. Jewett. “As the Sioux Falls market continues to grow and mature, there will be new challenges and opportunities for USDSU and its three partner universities.” Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota offer courses and degree programs at the Sioux Falls facility.

The growing popularity of USDSU’s services is demonstrated by the unusual phenomena of growth in its enrollment between fall and spring semesters, Lee said. “Most traditional institutions see some decline in enrollment from the fall semester to spring,” he said. “However, USDSU had a spring headcount this year of 1,761, which was 7 percent greater than our fall enrollment.”

In the past year, the campuses also hired 14 faculty members to teach exclusively at Sioux Falls, primarily in high volume general education courses. Lee said three faculty members remain to be hired. Among the academic programs added or expanded this year at USDSU were nursing, education, business, computer science, and health information technology.


USDSU at a Glance



Unduplicated Headcount

% Change

(from same semester previous year)

Credit Hours Delivered

% Change

(from same semester previous year)

Fall 2002


17 %


38 %

Spring 2003


12 %


30 %

Total (including Summer 2002)










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