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A group of South Dakota education officials are spending the next month studying the future of the state’s university system, looking at things like academic programs, administration, and infrastructure and ancillary services. 

The 20-member higher ed task force met for the first time Thursday in Rapid City to go over how the study will work and how it fits in with Senate Bill 55. 

The bill was passed in the 2020 legislative session directing the study, according to a press release from the South Dakota Board of Regents.

“Our universities have a long history of education, research, and service in South Dakota,” stated Brian Maher, the regents’ executive director, who serves as task force chair. “A single board of regents for all state institutions of higher education was first organized by the 1890 South Dakota Legislature. The present form