Photo: Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
Dakota State University will soon make available to students three more of its degree offerings completely online. The Madison campus received permission this week from the South Dakota Board of Regents to implement the new delivery options starting this fall.
The new options apply to the B.S. degree in computer information systems and two associate degrees, one in business management and another in applications programming. Dakota State will take advantage of the Internet and other courses already offered by the state's universities to deliver these degrees online, regents' officials said. Faculty will advise students using e-mail, telephone, and live chat sessions.
"Moving these programs to distance delivery will provide greater access to more students and contribute to workforce development across the state," said Dakota State President Doug Knowlton. "Because of the emphasis on information technology in South Dakota's economy, we've had requests to make these degrees available to a wider audience."
In addition, the regents approved a new minor in digital photography on the Dakota State campus. Starting this fall, the minor will be an option for students to add to a B.S. degree in digital arts and design. It may also be attractive to students pursuing other majors, such as marketing, management, and scientific forensics technology, as a way to demonstrate their photography skills to potential employers. The minor requires completion of 18 undergraduate credit hours.