Dr. Jack Warner, executive director and chief executive officer of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will address current legislative issues and the economic impact of South Dakota public universities Feb. 11 at a joint meeting of area service clubs organized by the Northern Hills Rotary Club.
The public is invited to attend the meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 at 12 noon at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center.
At the meeting Warner will discuss findings from a recent study conducted by the Board of Regents that quantifies the state’s return on its investment in higher education. The statewide economic impact study showed that of the $76 million invested by the state in higher education, there’s a return of $1.97 billion to South Dakota.
Warner will also discuss higher education’s role in the economic recovery of both the state and the nation. South Dakota currently ranks 33rd in the nation for the percentage of the population that has attained a professional degree or higher. According to Warner, the state’s universities need to graduate another 411 students per year in order to compete in today’s global economy.
University enrollment in South Dakota continues to grow even as the Board of Regents system has absorbed the majority of the state’s budget cuts the past two years. This year university enrollment in South Dakota grew by 2,261 students, including 1,100 graduate students and 1,000 out-of-state students.
For more information, contact Jill Kary at the Holiday Inn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-642-4683.