SD Regents Freeze Tuition And Fees For 20-21 Years


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents is freezing tuition and fees for next year at the state’s 6 public universities because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Regents president Kevin Schieffer says the financial uncertainty due to the pandemic led the board to the decision to keep tuition and fees level through next spring.

The regents also approved an expansion of academic programs at 4 of the 6 universities, several of the expansions involving offering them in the Black Hills.

Dakota State’s associate degree in network and security administration will now be available at Black Hills State’s Rapid City campus as will South Dakota State’s associate degree in agricultural science.

South Dakota State will also offer in Rapid City its accelerated program leading to the bachelor of science in nursing degree. Clinical, simulation, and laboratory experiences will be offered face to face there.

A new SDSU undergraduate certificate will provide a semester-long learning experience through a unique partnership with the Indian University of North America, allowing SDSU students to study onsite at the Crazy Horse Memorial near Custer.

The regents also named a new superintendent for the South Dakota School for Deaf, and stuck close to home to do it. Kim Wadsworth has more than 30 years of experience in deaf education, the last 23 at the school – 13 as an outreach consultant and the last 9-plus as its director of outreach.

The Board of Regents oversees the special education schools for blind and deaf students as well as the 6 universities.