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Jackie Hendry

Earlier this year the state legislature passed a bill related to intellectual diversity on college campuses. On Friday, USD hosted a forum with administrators and legal counsel to address faculty and student concerns with the new legislation. 

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The University of South Dakota is offering a new bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience in the fall.

The Board of Regents approved the degree last week along with specializations in cognitive neuroscience and molecular and cellular neuroscience.

Doug Peterson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at USD. He says this new degree provides students the opportunity to study how the nervous system applies to daily life.

A former employee of Northern State University has appealed her firing to the South Dakota Supreme Court. The former director of the student affairs counseling center says she was fired in December 2017 as retaliation for whistle-blowing. Her university supervisors and the Board of Regents say she didn't go through proper channels to appeal her firing.

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday, April 30. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Board of Regents Names Next Executive Director

Jul 27, 2018
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The South Dakota Board of Regents selects Paul Beran as its next executive director and CEO. Beran has held faculty and administrative positions in higher education in five different states. Before this appointment, he served for more than a decade as chancellor of the University of Arkansas.

USD Announces Sheila Gestring as New President

May 1, 2018
Jackie Hendry

After a nation-wide search, the University of South Dakota has a new president. USD's current chief financial officer Sheila Gestring takes over for outgoing President James Abbott in June. 


The senate education committee effectively tables a bill prohibiting students who are in the country illegally from attending public universities. Senate Bill 103 is sent to the 41st day after more than an hour and a half of testimonies and discussion. 

Opponents of the bill argue the Board of Regents lacks power and resources to uphold federal immigration law. Legal counsel for the Board of Regents also states the system is not considered complicit in harboring criminals under federal statute.

In The Moment ... January 30, 2018 Show 266 Hour 2

House Bill 1199 has straightforward language. It's an act to prohibit collective bargaining by employees of the Board of Regents.

We first spoke with South Dakota Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson about the effort on Januay 23rd.

Today we welcome another voice on the topic. Mary McCorkle is president of the South Dakota Education Association. She's a language arts teacher from Mobridge.

In The Moment ... August 28, 2017 Show 165 Hour 1

Students at Harrisburg High School are soon going to be able to participate in an early college program which would allow them to earn college credit at no cost to them while still in high school. Joining us today to expand on this program is Superintendent of the Harrisburg school District Jim Holbeck. Welcome to In The Moment.

Governor Daugaard Voices Support Of Amendment R

Jun 28, 2016
Erin Mairose

Governor Dennis Daugaard is supporting a constitutional  amendment to separate technical schools from the k-12 education system. Amendment R also changes the state’s constitution allowing technical schools to be governed apart from the Board of Regents.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says Amendment R updates the state constitution to meet the demand for technical workers. 

The state Board of Regents has appointed a task force to look at potentially allowing beer and wine to be sold at campus events for the state's six public universities. 

Janelle Toman  is the director of communications for the board of regents. She says the task force is in its early stages of discussions about allowing alcohol to be sold during events such as sporting games and fine art performances. 

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During its annual planning meeting in Pierre this week, the South Dakota Board of Regents asked Governor Dennis Daugaard to make a tuition freeze for resident students the highest priority for the next fiscal year. The goal is to bring the funding ratio from student and government back to 50/50 over three years. Governor Daugaard's support two years ago led lawmakers to approve a freeze during the 2014 session. A similar request was made last year, but wasn’t recommended by the governor or considered by the state legislature.

USD Seeks $1M Appropriation for Research Park Expansion

Mar 5, 2014

The University of South Dakota’s research park in Sioux Falls has the potential to expand, if state lawmakers OK the funding. House Bill 1175 seeks the state government’s approval for $1 million to further develop the park, after the university’s request through the Board of Regents was denied. Proponents say it promotes economic development, as private companies partner with USD’s biomedical program.

Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner doesn’t testify for or against the bill, but answers committee questions about the importance of the research facility.

New methods to help ready incoming college students for important courses appear to be effective. Some of South Dakota’s public universities are using programs that change the way higher ed handles remediation. 

A new math model at South Dakota State University proved so effective in its pilot that SDSU is implementing it. This method uses a combination of assessments to determine where a student’s skills lie and better aligns his or her abilities with the right level of math.

University Students May Get Rights to Sue

Jan 23, 2014

The South Dakota House supports a measure that allows university students to take some grievances to court.

The bill doesn’t allow students to sue a professor over grades, but it does give student the right to begin litigation against a university in residency disputes and disciplinary actions.

Grants To Expand Research At SD Universities

Jan 17, 2014

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently announced a series of innovation grants to expand research at several universities in South Dakota. Paul Turman, Vice President for Research & Economic Development with the SD Board of Regents, talked about the new grants. For more details on the grants, click here: