Your Future is Here! South Dakota Board of Regents                                                                                December 20, 2011      

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Study Tracks Placement of South Dakota Public University Graduates

A new study shows that about 70 percent of South Dakota resident students who attend one of the state’s six public universities will remain here after college graduation to either work or to pursue additional postsecondary education.

South Dakota Reverses ‘Brain Drain; State is a Net Importer of College Students

It is a common perception that South Dakota suffers from a “brain drain” of students leaving the state to attend college elsewhere. A new study presented to the South Dakota Board of Regents this week refutes that belief.

‘Select Dakota’ Website Links College and Workforce Initiatives

A new web portal aimed at aligning college preparation efforts with South Dakota workforce initiatives has debuted online.

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.

School of Mines to Offer Graduate Degree in Mining Engineering;
New Sustainability Degree Approved for USD

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will soon offer a master’s degree in mining engineering to support the region’s growing need for mining engineers and to complement a strong undergraduate degree program.

Knowlton Recognized by the Board of Regents
The South Dakota Board of Regents honored departing President Douglas Knowlton of Dakota State University with a board resolution and gifts. Knowlton will leave the South Dakota public university system in February 2012, after eight years as Dakota State’s president, to become the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.


Other News



Regents Announce Search Process for Next Dakota State President

The South Dakota Board of Regents has established a general process and timeline to find the next president for Dakota State University at Madison. The person chosen will replace Douglas Knowlton, who recently announced plans to take a higher education position in Minnesota.



University Research Projects Benefit from Legislative Support

Higher education officials say about $920,000 from a special performance improvement fund created by state lawmakers in the closing days of the 2011 session will go to improve research capacity at all six public universities in South Dakota.