Your Future is Here! South Dakota Board of Regents                                                                             December 17, 2012     

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South Dakota Gains Ground as Net Importer of College Students

A new study shows that South Dakota continues to import more college freshmen than it sends to colleges in other states and is, in fact, gaining ground on this exchange.

Student Organizations from BHSU, SDSM&T Earn Recognition

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



More Certificate Options Developed for Concentrated Study

Six new certificate programs at South Dakota public universities have been approved, offering students a pathway to develop specialized expertise or seek career advancement.

More Public University Graduates Stay in South Dakota

More South Dakota public university graduates than ever before end up staying in the state for work or further education, a new study shows.


School of Mines to Offer Applied Biological Sciences Degree

The South Dakota Board of Regents Wednesday authorized a new bachelor’s degree in applied biological sciences to be offered at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

New Sustainability Degree at Black Hills State University Responds to a Changing Workforce

Starting next fall, Black Hills State University will begin offering a graduate degree in sustainability aimed at preparing a highly-skilled workforce for the energy/communications, construction, and manufacturing industries in South Dakota.

Funding Last Step for Ph.D. Degree in Physics
With action by the South Dakota Board of Regents to approve a new Ph.D. degree in physics, all that remains to make the degree a reality is to secure funding for the program from the 2013 legislature.



Other News



Campus and Community Representatives to Assist in School of Mines Presidential Search

A group of 12 people will help the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, serving as campus and community representatives on the presidential search and screen committee.


University Research Projects Benefit from Legislative Support

The South Dakota Board of Regents received $5.9 million in one-time funds during the 2012 legislative session, and higher education officials say that $2 million will go to improve research capacity at all six public universities in South Dakota.