South Dakota Board of Regents


In The Moment … July 28, 2020 Show 868 Hour 1

During Spring Break, 2020, South Dakota colleges and universities made the urgent pivot to remote learning to prepare for a pending pandemic. How important is it for students to get back into the classroom this fall instead of learning remotely? Brian Maher is the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents and he joins us today with that big-picture conversation.

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South Dakota Universities Prepare For Fall Semester

Jun 20, 2020
South Dakota Board of Regents

South Dakota Board of Regents Schools are making adjustments to their fall semester schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The institutions semesters begin on August 19th and are ending before Thanksgiving.

The fall semester for South Dakota’s universities are beginning three days earlier than originally scheduled. This is part of the Board of Regent’s plan to have students return to campus during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

All K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Governor Kristi Noem says it doesn’t make sense to bring students back to their classrooms in light of current projections of COVID-19 infections.

The governor says the state Department of Education will continue working with school administrators on distance learning through the end of the year. 

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... July 30, 2019 Show 626 Hour 1

The state's public universities and schools are asking the South Dakota Board of Regents for around $90 million to complete projects they say are high priority. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is requesting money from the state legislature for a Mineral Industries Building that would become "the hub of regional industries, academic and governmental collaboration related to mineral industries."

School of Mines President Jim Rankin and Provost Lance Roberts discuss the proposal. 


In The Moment ... February 7, 2019 Show 511 Hour 1

House Bill 1087 seeks to promote intellectual diversity on college campuses.

Senate Bill 122 forbids rules on regulations intended to restrict the rights of people to carry firearms on campus.

Both bills would change how South Dakota students navigate the ever shifting landscape of higher education.

Paul Beran, Executive Director, and Nate Lukkes, General Counsel of the South Dakota Board of Regents discuss the debate at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Time To Stop Asking Permission And Start Making Changes

Oct 15, 2018
Colorado Academy News

In The Moment ... October 15. 2018 Show 441 Hour 2

Grant Lichtman is an educational author and professional speaker. He visits South Dakota for the 19th Annual Systems Change Conference in Sioux Falls.

The conference is a partnership between a variety of professional educational organizations, including the South Dakota Board of Regents, the South Dakota Department of Education, and Technology and Innovation in Education. The events run October 17 through 19. Find more at

Regents Pass First Reading Of New Free Speech Policy

Oct 3, 2018

The governing body of the state’s public universities is in the process of updating its free speech policies.

That comes after a push in the legislature this past session to update the Board of Regents free speech policy failed.

Others say free speech is already protected in the regents policy.

The South Dakota Board of Regents is passing a first reading of an update to their free speech policy.

Dakota Digest for October 30, 2015

Oct 30, 2015


On this week’s edition of Dakota Digest, the Blue Ribbon Task Force held it's final meeting this week, the Board of Regents is considering the sale of alcohol during university events, and Pine Ridge has a new multi-purpose business on wheels.

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USD To Acquire Supercomputer

Aug 10, 2015

The University of South Dakota hopes to bring a new supercomputer to campus. It’s thanks to a major grant from the Board of Regents.

he South Dakota Board of Regents awarded a $200,000 grant to USD. Along with federal funding and institutional aid, the college will acquire a new supercomputer. Officials say super computers lead to scientific research publications and developing new courses.  Research Computing Manager Doug Jennewein says the rapidly changing technology demands upgrading.

40 High School graduates have received scholarships to pursue high demand occupations in South Dakota. The Dakota Corps Scholarship program is covering the cost of tuition and fees for students studying to become teachers, accountants, registered nurses, and IT specialists, among other jobs. South Dakota officials are hoping the scholarship will keep the best students in the state. 

Enrollment in South Dakota public colleges is steady this fall according to the latest numbers from the Board of Regents.

Executive Director Jack Warner says the total headcount from the six universities increased less than one percent from last fall to this semester to 36,532. He says the Board of Regents is reasonably pleased enrollment didn’t drop.

Students from neighboring states could qualify for the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship if legislation before the House State Affairs Committee passes. Lawmakers need more testimony before making a decision.

House Bill 1078 allows students  from neighboring states who open enroll to a South Dakota high school eligibility for the Opportunity Scholarship.   Democrat State Representative Kathy Tyler says competition among students is a good thing.

South Dakota college students are hearing a push for 15 to Finish. That’s 15 credit hours per semester, which allows a student to complete an undergraduate degree in four years.

Last year, South Dakota’s Board of Regents lowered the number of credit hours to get a degree. Jack Warner is president of the South Dakota Board of Regents. He says a student used to need 128 credits for an undergraduate degree and 64 for an associate’s degree.

The House Judiciary Committee passed a measure that provides judicial review of Board of Regents decisions involving student discipline and residency classification.  Republican Representative Charles Hoffman says this bill cleans up the current legislation known as the Administrative Procedures Act. In it some students are exempt from residency tuition and HB 1021 removes the exemption.

School of Mines Announces Final President Candidates

Apr 16, 2013

The final interviews to select the next South Dakota School of Mines and Technology president are this week. The Board of Regents announced the final four candidates Tuesday. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, the presidential-hopefuls come from diverse backgrounds.

SD Undergrads Present Research At Capitol

Mar 15, 2013
Janelle Toman / Board of Regents

When the legislature meets, the State Capitol Rotunda is the gathering place for a variety of presentations. Singing groups and instrumentalists, AARP and Rural Electric Cooperatives, religious gatherings and criminal justice presentations—all had their day at the 2013 Legislative Session.
On February 27th, university research had its turn. Twelve undergraduates put up posters and stood ready to explain their projects. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks was in Pierre covering the legislature, and she spoke with four of the students to present a sampling of their work for today’s Dakota Digest.

Research Takes A Dive: Regents Plan For Future

Feb 11, 2013

South Dakota Universities are working to recover from two years of reduced research funding.  Federal funding cuts led to a sharp drop in graduate level research between 2011 and 2012 in South Dakota.   In 2010 research awards peaked at over $150 million.  By mid-2012 that number had fallen to around $99 million. 

Bill Passes To Strenghthen Universities

Jan 17, 2013

The State Senate Education Committee passed a bill that proponents say improves the college experience in South Dakota. In part, the bill aims to make college affordable and to improve development capacity. It also sets up a council to oversee the effort. Jack Warner, the Executive Director of the Board of Regents is backing the bill.  


The President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology had died.  School officials confirmed Robert Wharton’s death this morning (September 19, 2012).  South Dakota Board of Regents C-E-O Jack Warner says Wharton’s tenure brought the School of Mines into regional and national prominence.