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Noted education researcher, specialist to present programs at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will present two programs from esteemed education professor Sylvia Hurtado, Ph.D., on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18.

Hurtado, director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, has published several articles and books related to educational outcomes, campus climates and college impact on student development. She will address, “What Matters in STEM: Institutional Contexts That Influence STEM Bachelor’s Degree Completion Rates,” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 in room 22A of the Lee Memorial Medical and Science Building, and at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 she will present “Habits of the Mind: Student Diverse Learning Outcomes” in the ballroom of the Muenster University Center. Both programs are free and open to the public.

In addition to coordinating national research projects, including a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project on how colleges are preparing students to achieve the cognitive, social and democratic skills to participate in a diverse democracy, Hurtado has served on several editorial boards for journals in education as well as on the boards for the American Association of Higher Education, the Higher Learning Commission, and she is past-president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Hurtado obtained her Ph.D. in education from UCLA, Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. in sociology from Princeton University.

Both programs are sponsored by the USD Center for Teaching and Learning, School of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Office for Diversity, and the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness. For more information, please contact Jesús Treviño, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Diversity at (605) 677-3925 or email


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News