Higher Education Center — West River
515 West Blvd. • Rapid City, SD 57701
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2005
Contacts: Steve Buchholz, School of Mines, 394-6082
Corinne Hansen, BHSU, 642-6215
Higher Ed Center Officially Opens
West River residents who want to pursue their higher education goals now have
an easy, efficient way to find the information they need, thanks to the Higher
Education Center — West River.
South Dakota Board of Regents members and representatives from the four
participating universities will officially open the center during a ribbon-cutting
ceremony scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. The ribbon-cutting will
be held at the center, located at 515 West Blvd. in Rapid City. The media is
invited to attend.
The Higher Education Center - West River was established to provide a "one-stop
shop" for all West River area students considering enrolling in higher
educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Some courses
and programs will be taught at the center.
The purpose of the Center is to provide a cooperative and collaborative effort
from the participating universities — Black Hills State, School of Mines,
University of South Dakota and South Dakota State — to meet the needs of
students — especially the large population base in western South Dakota.
"We are providing a coordinated effort for course offerings for all residents in this
area," Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for academic affairs at BHSU and director
of the center, said. "By contacting the center, students can get information about
financial aid, apply to the universities and meet with representatives from the
schools. The Center is designed to handle all of their needs."
The center is striving to be responsive to the needs of residents in the entire
West River region. One of the first tasks for the center will be assessing what
those needs are and formulating a plan to meet them. The Center plans to
conduct market research to find out what programs are needed and what needs
are currently not being met.
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"We are looking at how we can be more efficient in offering higher education
options," Myers said.
The Center will work as a clearinghouse to avoid duplicate coursework and
facilitate a plan to share professors for courses offered by separate universities.
The center's location near downtown Rapid City includes more than a dozen
offices and a large classroom and houses representatives from several
The Center is under the direction of a consortium composed of BHSU President
Dr. Thomas Flickema and School of Mines President Dr. Charles Ruch as well as
Dr. Tad Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents.
“This is an important step for the state university system,” Ruch said. “Helping
students succeed in life is the goal of every university, and we think this center
will help more students reach that dream.”
“That's absolutely correct,” Flickema agreed. “The whole purpose of the Higher
Education Center is to provide the best possible service to current and potential
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