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The South Dakota Board of Regents is a board that governs the operations, policies, and programs of six South Dakota public universities, including Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota. The Regents are also in charge of governing policies for the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the South Dakota School for the Deaf, the South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center, the Capitol University Center, and the Higher Education Center-West River. Most of their efforts are designed to make degrees at these universities more accessible and affordable to a variety of South Dakota citizens. Furthermore, the Regents also work alongside K-12 schools to create policies and programs that help increase overall college enrollment throughout the state of South Dakota.

South Dakota Board of Regents

306 East Capitol Avenue
Suite 200
Pierre, South Dakota 58501-2545
(605) 773-3455

The Growth of Online Education in South Dakota

The South Dakota Board of Regents has reported that more students are graduating from South Dakota colleges, universities, and online colleges than ever before. In fact, the total number of students graduating with an associate or bachelor’s degree in South Dakota has increased by 21 percent since 2005. Many of these degrees are completed through the use of South Dakota online colleges and distance-education courses.

20,000-Plus Students Take a Distance Education Course

According to the Regents, distance-education courses are growing in popularity. In fact, more than 20,000 South Dakota students have enrolled in at least one distance education course in the public university system over the past year. Furthermore, unduplicated headcount in distance education courses has risen 13 percent in the past year, which indicates a five-year gain of nearly 71 percent. “Our report also shows that most distance-based undergraduate students are using distance courses to supplement their face-to-face coursework,” Jack Warner, the Regents’ executive director and CEO, said. “Our rapidly developing network of course and degree offerings has brought a public university education to many more South Dakota citizens, who in a pre-technology era might have been shut out of that opportunity due to geography or other circumstances.” He also noted that graduate students are also more likely to enroll in distance delivery courses as well.

Public Universities Bring Academic Offers to Wider Audience

One of the main goals of the Regents is to support academic programs that increase the delivery of online college courses. According to the Regents, this goal is “part of a strategic direction to enroll and graduate more citizens with college degrees and bring post secondary opportunities to more South Dakotans.” In 2010, the Regents supported the growth of online delivery courses by approving a bachelor of business administration in management degree at Dakota State University over the Internet; allowing the delivery of scheduled courses for associate and bachelor’s degrees in general studies offered by Northern State University; and approving the online delivery of South Dakota State University’s master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction and educational administration. The Regents also approved South Dakota State University to administer three new minors through online delivery, including sustainable energy systems, soil science, and advertising.

New Delivery Options Approved for Academic Programs

Similar to the two previous points, the Regents also worked to expand the reach of academic programs offered by universities, colleges, and online schools in South Dakota. In particular, in 2010, the Regents approved the following programs to be delivered via online college courses: the bachelor of science in elementary education from Dakota State University; master’s degrees in teaching and learning from Northern State University; the bachelor of science degree in sociology from South Dakota State University; and the bachelor of social work from The University of South Dakota. According to Jack R. Warner, the Regents’ executive director and CEO, “”The intent is to make these degree offerings more convenient and accessible for a greater number of students, many of whom work full time while taking care of their families… We will always look for ways to bring our public university programs to a wider audience, when there is sufficient interest and student numbers to make program delivery cost effective.” Through the coming years, the Regents plan to grow more online delivery courses at numerous universities, colleges, and online schools in South Dakota.

The Career Outlook for South Dakota Graduates

For the relatively small population of South Dakota, the labor force counts technology and electronics jobs among the fastest-growing in the state. High job growth is expected through 2020 for those with network, computer, and electrical repair skills, as well as workers aspiring to enter the fields of medicine or finance. Depending on individual employer requirements, graduates of an online college degree program with minimum training may be eligible for jobs as network systems or data communications analysts, or electrical and electronics repair professionals. With additional education and experience, candidates may pursue a physician assisting, medical science, or financial advising career. These jobs are expected to continue to grow especially quickly during this decade:

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

Projected Increase:
44%
Employment in 2010:
455
Employment by 2020:
655

Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

Projected Increase:
42.9%
Employment in 2010:
35
Employment by 2020:
50

Physician Assistants

Projected Increase:
37.6%
Employment in 2010:
425
Employment by 2020:
585

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

Projected Increase:
37.5%
Employment in 2010:
120
Employment by 2020:
165

Personal Financial Advisors

Projected Increase:
33.9%
Employment in 2010:
310
Employment by 2020:
415

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Colleges & Universities in South Dakota

Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57197-0001
Contact: (605) 274-0770
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1871
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 1200 University St
Spearfish, South Dakota 57799-9500
Contact: (605) 642-6011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 4412
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 3901 W 59th St
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108-2272
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate’s degree;Bachelor’s degree;Master’s degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2950
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 820 N Washington
Madison, South Dakota 57042-1799
Contact: (605) 256-5111
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Doctor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3075
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 1200 W University Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301-4398
Contact: (605) 995-2600
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 741
Accrediting Agency: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Council for Higher Education
Address: 5101 S. Broadband Ln.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108
Contact: n/a
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associates, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associates degree; Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 224
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 300 E. 6th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103-7020
Contact: (605) 221-3100
Type of School: 2-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 312
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 230 11th St NE
Watertown, South Dakota 57201-0730
Contact: (605) 882-5284
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1467
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 821 N Capital St
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Contact: (605) 995-3023
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1055
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 1105 W. 8th Street
Yankton, South Dakota 57078-3724
Contact: (800) 658-4552
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1241
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 5301 S Hwy 16
Rapid City, South Dakota, 57702
Contact: (605) 394-4800
Website: Learn more
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: n/a
Accepts life experience credits: n/a
Accepts AP credits: n/a
Number of Students: n/a
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 321 Kansas City Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3692
Contact: (605) 394-4800
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 551
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: Vista Park Office Building Suite 100
2801 South Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-4293
Contact: (605) 336-4600
Type of School: 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 551
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198
Contact: (605) 626-3011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 3530
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 1500 N Main
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-1280
Contact: (605) 225-1634
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 722
Accrediting Agency: Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 1525 S Grange Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1526
Contact: (605) 336-6588
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: no
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 141
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 501 E Saint Joseph St
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3995
Contact: (605) 394-2511
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: no
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2311
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: Administration Lane
Brookings, South Dakota 57007-1898
Contact: (605) 688-4151
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 12725
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 2320 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
Contact: (605) 367-7624
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 2507
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1699
Contact: (605) 331-5000
Type of School: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Programs Offered: Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1488
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 414 E Clark St
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069-2390
Contact: (605) 677-5301
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Post-masteAugustana College r's certificate; Doctor's degree; First-professional degree
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 9970
Accrediting Agency: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Address: 800 Mickelson Dr
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
Contact: (605) 394-4034
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Programs Offered: One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Accepts dual credits: yes
Accepts life experience credits: yes
Accepts AP credits: yes
Number of Students: 1045