The goals being discussed include raising numbers of South Dakota residents with post-secondary education, and how to address falling enrollment rates and rising financial dependence on non-resident students. On campus enrollment fell by 911 students in the last five years, and distance students only rose by 587 students. Enrollment numbers affect the ability of the schools to make payments on past construction bonds, as well as future construction investments. On campus students generate about 916 dollars a year towards construction bond debt, while distance students only generate about 115 dollars.
To gain a better understanding of enrollment trends and the financial implications of those trends, the Board is also considering adding an audit committee.
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