The South Dakota Board of Regentsagreed Thursday to seek additional state funding aimed at holding down tuition and fee increases for students at the six state-run universities.
The regents unanimously approved a budget request that seeks a $14.5 million total increase in state funding for operating the state universities in the year beginning July 1, 2013. The governor and the Legislature will have the final say on the budget. The regents will set tuition for the 2014 school year next spring after the Legislature approves a new state budget.
The board is requesting about $2.8 million in additional state money to cover inflation in operating costs and a 1 percent faculty salary increase aimed at making South Dakota salaries competitive with those paid at public universities in nearby states. Another $3.2 million would be divided among the universities based on each school's success in graduating more students, retaining more students between their freshman and sophomore years and increasing research activities.
An extra $2.3 million in state funding is being sought to maintain campus buildings and other facilities.