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Quality Initiative

As part of the University's on-going accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), South Dakota State University has identified assessment of student learning as its Quality Initiative (QI). The QI is an important component of the institutional improvement process in the Open Pathway.

Due to the focus on the assessment of student learning, SDSU applied and was accepted to the HLC Assessment Academy.

Membership Lists

List of Members - April 2018


  • Teresa Seefeldt, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Wintrode Student Success Center

  • Linde Murray, Tutoring/SI Coordinator

Honors College

  • Sharon Smith, Associate Professor, English

Briggs Library

  • Nancy Marshall, Professor/Librarian

Graduate School

  • Kinchel Doerner, Dean, Graduate School

Continuing and Distance Education

  • Carey Kilmer, Assistant Director, CDE


  • Jason Zimmerman, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Department Heads

  • Will Prigge, Professor and Department Head, History, Political Science, Philosophy & Religion
  • Van Kelley, Professor and Department Head, Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering
  • Jason McEntee, Professor and Department Head, English

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

  • Jana Hanson, Director, Institutional Assessment (Co-Chair)

Division of Student Affairs

  • Sam Jennings, Dean of Students

Students’ Association

  • Nick Lorang, Student, Biology and Communication Studies

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access/International Affairs

  • Kas Williams, Acting Director

Professional Staff Council representative

  • Marj Thompson, Academic Advisor, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences

Office of Academic Affairs

  • Mary Kay Helling, Vice Provost, Co-Chair

QI/Academy for Assessment of Student Learning Executive Team Members - May 2018

Dean of Students
Division of Student Affairs

Will Prigge
Associate Professor and Department Head
History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Teresa Seefeldt
Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

Sharon Smith
Associate Professor
English, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences