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Strategic Plan

As a leading land-grant university, South Dakota State University will champion the public good through engaged learning, bold and innovative research and creative activities, and stewardship within a global society. 

Strategic Goal 1: Provide academic excellence through quality programs, engaged learners and an innovative teaching learning environment.

  • 977 students enrolled in Honors courses in fall 2016
  • 741 students were pursuing graduation with Honors College distinction in Spring 2017
  • 82 Honors sections were offered during the 2016- 2017 academic year
  • 73 students graduated with Honors College distinction during the 2016- 2017 academic year
  • Completed the SDSU Assessment Academy and engaged the Honors Faculty Committee and Dean's Student Advisory Council in the development of college learning outcomes
  • Facilitated networking and identification of faculty research mentors through the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Social

Strategic Goal 2: Generate new knowledge, encourage innovations, promote artistic and creative works that contribute to the public good and result in social, cultural, or economic development for South Dakota, the region, nation, and world.

  • 90 Honors students presented at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Day
  • 28 students and faculty attended and presented at the 2016 National Collegiate Honors Council meeting in Seattle, WA 
  • Over 100 students and faculty presented at the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference, which was hosted in Brookings
  • 8 Honors students earned awards to conduct undergraduate research in summer 2017
  • 6 Honors students received Schultz-Werth awards for their senior research papers

Strategic Goal 3: Extend the reach and depth of the university by developing strategic programs and collaborations.

  • Strengthened collaborations with academic colleges, updated advising guides and the Honors College Student Handbook, and developed best practices for Honors within each academic program
  • Piloted a new Honors diversity initiative, First Year Fellowship, in collaboration with the University College and the American Indian Student Center
  • Implemented the 2016 Common Read initiative featuring Boy Meets Depression, in which more than 2000 students, faculty, and community members participated 
  • Hosted the second annual Fishback Summer Scholars Program, which was attended by more than 100 top prospective high school students
  • Facilitated two cohorts of sophomore students through the LeadState leadership development program
  • Initiated the first Honors D2 (The Difference is Dialog) diversity experience

Strategic Goal 4: Secure human and fiscal resources to ensure high performance through enhanced financial, management and governance systems.

  • Sponsorships were secured for 80 Honors medallions
  • Private gifts in excess of $150,000 completed the Honors Hall capital project
  • 26 students were engaged as undergraduate teaching assistants in Honors courses
  • 2 students served as communication coordinators and designed the new format for the Honorable Mention
  • 41 students served as peer mentors for the student-driven Honors Peer Mentoring Program
  • 20 students received awards to support international Honors experiences
  • The third year of the USDA-funded "Meeting the Grand Challenges" project was successfully implemented, including Honors agricultural efforts in teaching, research, and outreach