About Dakota State University
"The primary purpose of Dakota State University at Madison in Lake County is to provide instruction in computer management, computer information systems, electronic data processing and other related undergraduate and graduate programs. The secondary purpose is to offer two-year, one-year and short courses for application and operator training in the areas authorized by this section. This authorization includes the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers with emphasis in computer and information processing. Except for degree programs in existence during the 1983-84 academic year, the unique baccalaureate programs authorized for Dakota State University shall not be duplicated by the Board of Regents. Section 3. The Board of Regents shall continue to provide existing courses for those students enrolled at Dakota State University during the spring semester of 1984 in order to allow those students presently enrolled to complete their scheduled program of study. Section 4. The medical record program and respiratory therapy program currently in existence at Dakota State University shall remain at Dakota State University unless otherwise transferred by the Board of Regents."
The mission of Dakota State University as it appears in the Board of Regents Policy Manual (1:10:5, adopted 08/07) states:
The Legislature established Dakota State University as an institution specializing in programs in computer management, computer information systems, and other related undergraduate and graduate programs as outlined in SDCL § 13-59-2.2. A special emphasis is the preparation of the elementary and secondary teachers with expertise in the use of computer technology and information processing in the teaching and learning process.
The Board implemented SDCL § 13-59-2.2 by authorizing undergraduate and graduate programs that are technology-infused and promote excellence in teaching and learning. These programs support research, scholarly and creative activities and provide service to the State of South Dakota and the region. Dakota State University is a member of the South Dakota System of Higher Education.
Dakota State University has enjoyed a long and proud history of leadership and service since its founding in 1881 as the first teacher education institution in the Dakota Territory.
For most of its history, DSU has been identified with teacher preparation, first as a normal school and later as a four-year public college. The University has had several different names, among them Madison Normal, Eastern Normal, and General Beadle State College. The name, Dakota State College, was adopted in 1969. On July 1, 1989, Dakota State College became Dakota State University. The University title was conferred on the institution by the South Dakota Legislature in order to better reflect its purpose in the total scheme of the state's higher education system. Prospective elementary and secondary teachers continue to be educated here. To this traditional emphasis, DSU added business and traditional arts and science programs in the 1960s and two health services programs, Health Information Management and Respiratory Care, in the late 1970s.
In 1984, the South Dakota Legislature and the South Dakota Board of Regents turned to Dakota State University to educate leaders for the information age. In response, Dakota State University developed leading-edge computer/information systems degree programs. The graduates of these programs enjoy enviable status in the national marketplace. As a leader in computer and information systems programs, DSU has pioneered the application of computer technology to traditional fields of academic endeavor. This thrust has led to the development of unique degree programs in biology, English, mathematics, and physical science.
In recognition of its pioneering academic programs and outreach efforts, DSU was selected as one of the ten finalists for the 1987 G. Theodore Mitau Award. The Mitau Award is peer recognition by the nation's largest association of higher education institutions, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, of the nation's top state colleges and universities for innovation and change.
More recently, Dakota State University has been named to Yahoo Magazine's list of the 100 most wired universities in the U.S. - ranking 12th on the list in 1998, 10th on the list in 1999, and 9th on the Baccalaureate II list in 2000. For two consecutive years, 2007 and again in 2008, Dakota State University in Madison is the best public baccalaureate college in the Midwest according to U.S.News & World Report's annual analysis of "America's Best Colleges 2008." Dakota State is ranked first in the category of Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region.
Dakota State University continues to serve the needs of a changing society in its second century. In order to provide its academic programs to a broader audience, DSU has taken a step forward in distance education and offers courses and academic programs via Internet, the Governor's Electronic Classroom, and the Rural Development Telecommunications Network. As society's educational needs change, Dakota State University will continue to evolve to meet these needs with education, scholarship and service.