Your Future is Here! South Dakota Board of Regents                                                                                 October 18, 2010      

Regents Update is distributed following the South Dakota Board of Regents' regular business meeting. Click on the headline below for the full news release.

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Regents Honor Student Organizations

Student organizations from Black Hills State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology were recognized for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work by the South Dakota Board of Regents


Bonds Backing Public University Projects Rated A+

The rating assigned to revenue and parity bonds issued by the South Dakota public university system has been upgraded from “A” to “A+” by Standard and Poor’s, an independent provider of credit ratings.

More Students Qualifying for Opportunity Scholarship

A state-funded merit scholarship supports nearly 350 more South Dakota college freshmen this fall than when the program first started in 2004. Preliminary data report a total of 1,176 incoming freshmen received the Opportunity Scholarship this fall, a 42 percent increase since the first 828 students entered six years ago.


Other News


Public University Headcount Enrollment Climbs Nearly 8 Percent
Headcount enrollment this fall at South Dakota’s six public universities was up nearly 8 percent, to a new high of 36,440 students, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced. It is the 13th straight year of record-high enrollments in the public university system.



Public Universities Have Nearly $2 Billion Economic Impact

The six public universities in South Dakota generate about $1.97 billion a year in annual economic impact within the state, from a state investment of $176 million. That is a key finding from a new research report released today that measures public higher education’s impact on the state economy.



Course-Taking Decisions May Limit Postsecondary Options for Students

With recent changes in high school graduation standards in South Dakota, some students
and parents may be confused about what course-taking options are available to them and how they impact college-going opportunity.