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Strategic Theme: Serving South Dakota

Foster outstanding service throughout South Dakota.

Goal 1: Address key statewide issues by leveraging USD expertise

  1. Big Steps
    1. Identify key statewide issues and establish teams to address them
    2. Establish relationships related to issues
    3. Increase stakeholders’ awareness of USD resources
  2. Resources
    1. Travel funds
    2. Funded time for team members
    3. Reports back to university leadership
    4. Involves marketing staff
  3. Champions
    1. Laura McNaughton, Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs
    2. Dan Engebretson, Vice President for Research
  4. Success
    1. USD understands and can communicate what we are doing to serve SD
    2. Increased grants and projects related to key statewide issues
    3. Increased service on committees related to key statewide issues
    4. Increase media coverage in local markets and increase digital engagement on stories related to serving SD


Goal 2: Collaborate with underserved populations to improve the quality of life in South Dakota

  1. Big Steps
    1. Identify underserved populations that USD can serve through Community College for Sioux Falls, University Center Rapid City and the Institute of American Indian Studies.
    2. Identify additional opportunities to engage underserved populations
    3. Review and build on current successes in serving the underserved
    4. Create a process for how USD serves the underserved
    5. Develop ways to increase service in those areas
  2. Resources
    1. Time for faculty and staff
    2. State and federal funding
    3. Community College for Sioux Falls
    4. UC Rapid City
    5. The Institute of American Indian Studies
    6. Grant writing time
  3. Champions
    1. Kurt Hackemer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    2. Dan Engebretson, Vice President for Research
  4. Success
    1. Increased engagement of USD with underserved populations through CCSF and UC Rapid City
    2. Increased collaboration with Native American students and Tribal Nations
    3. Increased grants with underserved populations
    4. Consistent executive committee discussion about identifying and serving underserved populations