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Regental Potpourri: Items to Distract from EB-5

Surely the South Dakota Board of Regents will spend some time at this week's meeting in Aberdeen discussing the suddenly prominent and politically potent Darley v. SDIBI litigation. But that discussion would be tucked away in the executive sessions on this week's agenda.

Not tucked away are the numerous information items the Regents will discuss, including...

1. The FY2014 Distance Education Report! Did you know that 22,533 students took 162,812 credit hours through distance courses during the last school year? SDSU and USD each claim about a third of those students; 8.1% of those distance learners were enrolled at DSU. SDSU and USD together also offer about two thirds of all distance-learning course sections, while BHSU offers almost as many as DSU, around 14%.

2. Earnings of Liberal Arts Majors! Yes, we're poor. Always will be. And won't care, because we are saving the world for wisdom and beauty.

Earnings by degree field and age for South Dakota and adjoining states, South Dakota Board of Regents report on Earnings of Liberal Arts Majors, October 2014.
Earnings by degree field and age for South Dakota and adjoining states, South Dakota Board of Regents report on Earnings of Liberal Arts Majors, October 2014. (Click to embiggen!)

3. Graduate Production in SDWINS Targeted Fields! The Regents tout their ability to respond to the market by cranking out the degrees that Governor Daugaard says the market wants.

Regental Grads by SDWINS Target GroupNotice that of the six categories identified as high-need areas for economic development, the Regents have seen increased interest in all but one: teaching. The number of Regental graduates in education has evidently dropped 14% under the Daugaard regime.

4. The SDBOR Strategic Plan! Expect discussion to revolve around just one goal out of the 20 for 2020 listed: by 2020, the Regents want to see the state's share of higher education funding rise from the current 37% to 50%. That's a pretty heavy lift; all you Republican appointees had better go home and help elect more Democrats!

Surely the Regents will want to focus their energies on those pressing educational issues and more and not be distracting by all the blame GOP Senate candidate Mike Rounds is trying to heap on them for the EB-5 mess. Perhaps the Regents should simply release all those yummy documents they have about EB-5 and let us sort through the evidence while they focus on running the universities.


  1. larry kurtz 2014.10.06

    That Joop can freely leave the country suggests he is cooperating with the DoJ: curious whether DD is rolling over on Tike Mike Rounds.

  2. jerry 2014.10.06

    Simple answer, the regents are all in on this EB-5. What better partner in crime could Rounds have taken? He probably could not have approached his bestest buddies from the bishop's office to have this enterprise look legitimate, so he went to his appointees, his soldiers. The regents will slap one another on the fanny and tell themselves what a good job they have done so far and that November 4 is soon to pass so they can enjoy their riches without hindrance. Joop is away as well, free and clear. It does not matter if their boss wins or not, they will win the day by keeping their records and their mouths shut. Just another added layer of corruption for us all to be proud of. The education they blather about is all for show, what they really want to teach and embed is that white collar crime does indeed pay deep riches when the only ones fleeced are the taxpayers. In these circles, victimless crimes, so it is expected here.

  3. Francis Schaffer 2014.10.06

    It appears as if the Conflict of Interest Policy has been in place for some years, but the actual form has not. The form was created/proposed in late 2009 but was not used with contracts until 2010. Therefore, Joop most likely never had to sign the actual form.

  4. lesliengland 2014.10.06

    well, troy definitely is on the distraction, rationalization job for
    SDGOP, it appears in many threads.

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