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Regents Approve Academic Program Requests

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The South Dakota Board of Regents this week granted academic program requests from four of its public universities. The following actions requested by South Dakota State University were approved:

  • To meet growing health care workforce needs in western South Dakota, SDSU will offer in Rapid City its accelerated program leading to the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. This option presents students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field the ability to complete a nursing program in 12 months. Clinical, simulation and laboratory experiences will be offered in-person in Rapid City.
  • An undergraduate certificate will provide a semesterlong learning experience through a unique partnership with the Indian University of North America, allowing SDSU students to study on-site at the Crazy Horse Memorial near Custer. The certificate in Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability will complement a broad range of majors and career paths in health care, engineering, natural resource management and food systems. Students will study American Indian culture, management of natural resources and leadership.
  • Permission to deliver SDSU’s associate degree in agricultural science at three new sites: Black Hills State University-Rapid City, Community College for Sioux Falls and online. This program prepares students to manage a farm or ranch enterprise, work in the agricultural industry or earn credits to apply to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Permission to deliver an existing minor in health communication in an online format. The study of effective communication strategies is critical to all aspects of health care, and will enhance graduates’ skills in many fields, including nursing, therapy, athletic training, nutrition and nonprofit organizations.