South Dakota higher ed officials approve new university programs

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South Dakota public higher education officials approved a cluster of new university programs last week aimed at bolstering jobs and economic development in the state.

The state’s board of regents, meeting in Vermillion, signed off on degree programs covering everything from petroleum production and health care to information systems and precision agriculture.

At South Dakota State University, regents approved a Ph.D. program starting this fall to address a growing demand for doctoral-trained engineers in energy research and development. Its graduates will work with renewable energy, precision agriculture systems, and advanced manufacturing and quality control.

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