Your Future is Here! South Dakota Board of Regents                                                                                  December 21, 2009      

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Regents Approve Degrees, Delivery Options to Meet Workforce Needs

Earlier this fall, the South Dakota Board of Regents began a process to phase out some low-enrolled programs, freeing up resources to direct to more high-needs academic endeavors. Hand in hand with that program review, the board this week adopted a number of academic program changes.

Joint Ph.D. Degree in Physics Approved

Three public universities in South Dakota plan to cooperate to offer the Ph.D. degree in physics, building on the national visibility of the state’s underground science and engineering laboratory at the former Homestake Gold Mine.

USD Advances Plans for Bachelor Nursing Degree
The South Dakota Board of Regents has given The University of South Dakota permission to develop a plan for a bachelor-level degree in nursing to be offered at the Vermillion campus and online.



Board Recognizes DSU Student Organizations

The South Dakota Board of Regents honored three outstanding student organizations on the Dakota State University campus with special awards for academic excellence, community service, and organizational leadership.

Teacher Education Students Perform Well

Students enrolled in teacher education programs at South Dakota public universities outperformed the general student population on several important academic assessment measures, according to a report prepared for the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Other News


Growth Continues in Distance Higher Education Courses

Growth in online learning at South Dakota public universities outpaces the national trend line, according to a report presented to the South Dakota Board of Regents.


South Dakota Joins National Effort to Boost College Access and Success for Low-Income and Minority Students
National data confirm that too few low-income and minority students enroll in college, and fewer still persist to graduation. The South Dakota Board of Regents’ system has joined in a national Access to Success initiative to improve student outcomes on its six public university campuses.