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A building survey for the institutions of South Dakota under the jurisdiction of the Regents of Education was prepared by the schools concerned. The recommendations and preliminary information are the work of he Department or Finance and the Regents of Education. The idea of preparing a building survey tor the institutions under the direction of the Regents of Education came from the Appropriations Committee of the regular Legislature Session of 1949. In that session, members constantly asked the very pertinent questions: “How much more building will be necessary after the current appropriations have been made?” “How long has it been since the various institutions were awarded new buildings to meet the changes of the modern times?” After a repetition of these questions day after day, the committee urgently requested the Department of Finance to seek the cooperation of the Institutions or Higher Learning and the Regents of Education to secure the results presented in this publication. In determining the future needs or any institution it is obvious that much of the work will be of a conjectorial nature. The predictions on school enrollments and state populations change from year to year. The needs or the institutions will undoubtedly change after the requests have been made. In spite of these weaknesses, a building survey will constitute an objective basis for planning by the institutions and the legislature. The Korean war situation will materially reduce some of the predicted increases in enrollment. The trends predicted tor America had not reflected themselves in South Dakota increases in institutional enrollments before the Korean trouble The needs of the institutions will be determined to a large degree by the use to which the institutions are to be put. The State should make a careful evaluation of its higher education services to see where there may be an elimination of duplications in services so that the state's investments in improvement will pay the highest possible dividends in educational returns. A survey and recommendation schedule similar to this should be prepared for all other institutions in the State. This will simplify the planning of the Legislature and give the people concrete information upon which to build and plan tor the future.










The State of South Dakota


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