SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — More students are earning degrees at South Dakota’s six public colleges and universities.
The Board of Regents says the number of students graduating with associate or bachelor’s degrees has increased by 21 percent since 2005. That has outpaced student growth — enrollment has risen about 17 percent during that time.
University of South Dakota Provost Chuck Staben tells the Argus Leader newspaper (http://argusne.ws/TikOwB ) that the increase in graduation numbers reflects a desire by the schools to see more students earn degrees.
Officials say colleges and universities are working more with high schools to ensure students come to college better-prepared, and are working more closely with the students once they are on campus.