Higher education task force told to ‘put student needs first’ in SD’s public university system

“The task force was created after state lawmakers passed legislation in the 2020 session directing the study. Findings are to be reported to the Legislature and Gov. Kristi Noem no later than Nov. 15, 2021,” according to a news release.

The task force began by listening to the perspectives of former Board of Regents members and those who oversaw public universities in the past during their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Kathy Johnson, who served on the Board of Regents from 2005 to 2017, said the task force needs to remain cognizant of the fact that no one knows what the future is going to hold.

“The jobs that are in high demand today and are gearing up to produce graduates aren’t going to produce jobs and graduates ten years from now that are in high demand,” Johnson said.

Kay Schallenkamp, Black Hills State University president from 2006 to 2014,

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