The South Dakota Board of Regents will look at whether in-state college graduates are effectively meeting workforce needs when they meet this week in Rapid City.
The 2013 graduate placement report warns that South Dakota could be on the verge of a workforce deficit. The report concludes that more jobs are being created while fewer young people in the state are graduating from college.
The regents will meet at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology today through Thursday with the public portion of their meeting starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Surbeck Center Ballroom.
Included in the presentation is a study of college-going American Indian students that attempts to improve access to higher education and graduation rates.
The study interviewed a sample of 49 American Indian students and covered a broad range of topics including the desirability of college, expectations and motives for attending college and barriers to entry.
The study, "Like two different worlds: American Indian perspectives on college-going in South Dakota," will be accompanied by a set of recommendations created by a working group after the study was completed. This group of professionals work with American Indian students on campuses across the state.
The regents will also discuss 10 pieces of proposed state legislation including a bill to require criminal background checks for all Regents employees and one that provides judicial review for student discipline decisions by the board.
Mines expects to receive authorization to enter into a long-term housing contract with Technology Housing, LLC for the Rocker Square I and Rocker Square II buildings.
The 10-year lease will begin August 2014 through August 2024. Mines will pay a total sum of $1.26 million in six payments to Technology Housing, LLC for years one through five. Rent will be adjusted according to the consumer price index for years six through 10. When the contract ends, additional lease options including the option to purchase will be available.