- Since program inception in 2004, a smaller percentage of students in our public universities have needed remedial math and English courses.
- More South Dakota HS grads are scoring 24 or better on the ACT.
- Our universities are keeping more high-achieving students into their fourth year of studies.
|Participating Institution||BHSU||DSU||NSU||SDSMT||SDSU||USD||Total Regental|
|6 Year Total||322||228||264||503||2501||1249||5067|
|6 Year %||5.24%||3.71%||4.30%||8.19%||40.71%||20.33%||82.47%|
|6yr% of RegSys||6.35%||4.50%||5.21%||9.93%||49.36%||24.65%||100.00%|
Recipients Funded Across First Five Academic Years
Source: South Dakota Board of Regents
I dug up the fall enrollment numbers and found that DSU has the second-lowest proportion of Opportunity Scholars among this year's freshmen. Only Black Hills State has a smaller percentage of Opportunity Scholars among the class of 2013.
as Percentage of Incoming Freshmen
In a survey of Opportunity Scholarship recipients from the first two years of the program (the ones who've had time to graduate and head for the real world), 68% of respondents said they were staying South Dakota for work or grad school. The state drawing the largest chunk (5%) of our sharpest grads is Nebraska (mostly thanks to grad school at UNL or Creighton). But 32% of our Opportunity Scholarship recipients who get South Dakota degrees go elsewhere.
Student perceptions of the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship give a mixed picture. Consider the responses to these two questions in the BOR survey:
- Receiving the Opportunity Scholarship was a critical factor in my choice to attend an institution in South Dakota.
- Disagree: 104(20%)
- Neutral: 127(26%)
- Agree: 268(54%)
- I would have attended an institution outside of South Dakota without the financial support I received from the scholarship program.
- Disagree: 254(51%)
- Neutral: 141(28%)
- Agree: 104(21%)