This collections houses completed project reports generated by the Census Data Center and their project partners.
State Census Data Center
This report has four parts. The first section is a summary of findings for the K-12 enrollment in the Brookings School District between 1999 and 2015 and the projections to the year of 2025. The second section describes the enrollment trend of k-12 students at Brookings School District from 1999 to 2015. The data are provided by the district. Time trends in the historical enrollment data and factors such as natural increase/decrease and migration that have influenced the enrollment are discussed. Understanding time trends and the related factors are critical for making the projections. The third section provides projections by grade and year. Discussions of projection assumptions, limitations, and potential adjustments are included. The fourth section includes maps showing the distribution of population and families with children at the Census block level and changes in the past decade on the block and block-group levels in Brookings School District. Demographic trends within the school district illustrated in the maps offer an overview of the geographic arrangement of the population and families within the school district. In addition, population projections to 2035 and population pyramids by age and gender for Brookings County are included in the last section.
Projections of the First-Year Full-Time Undergraduate Enrollment at South Dakota State University to 2020
Census Data Center
This report has three parts. The first section provides a brief description of the full-time first-year (FYFT) undergraduate cohort enrolled at South Dakota State University (SDSU) from 2005 to 2014. The second section provides projections by year for the FYFT enrollment to the year 2020. The third section provides project changes between 2014 and 2020 in public high school graduates in South Dakota by school district. Three datasets are utilized for this report. The FYFT undergraduate enrollment data from 2005 to 2014 are provided by the Institutional Research Office at SDSU. These data are used for preparing descriptive statistics and calculating numbers of high school graduates from South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa, respectively, enrolled at SDSU as FYFT students from 2005 to 2014. Data of enrollment in grades 7-12 from 2009 to 2012 and numbers of high school graduates from 2005 to 2014 are downloaded from the Department of Education of South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa, respectively. These data are used to calculate: (1) grade-progression rates and graduation rates; and (2) numbers of enrollment in grades 7-12 in 2014. The enrollment and graduation data by school district in South Dakota are used for projections of changes in numbers of high school graduates by school district in the state. Finally, a crosswalk file linking the Census school district identification and the within-state school district identification is derived from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for making the school district map.
The Report on Agricultural Heritage Museum -- A Survey of Students and Faculty at South Dakota State University and Members of the Museum
Census Data Center and Mary Emery
The Agricultural Heritage Museum (Ag Museum), located on the SDSU campus, has been in business since 1884.1 The Ag Museum started as a zoological collection and has grown into a comprehensive museum with incomparable collections of Agricultural history in South Dakota. In the museum visitors can explore the infinite richness and complexity of the past and learn about the technology of farming in the Northern Great Plains. Recently, the Ag Museum is in the process of composing a strategic plan to address the new challenges and opportunities for the future development. The Board and staff of the Ag Museum want to seize upon the unique features of the museum and leverage them in a way that is fresh, vibrant, and relevant for visitors from communities inside as well as outside South Dakota. Taking an honest look at both the Ag Museum’s strengths and shortcomings was where the journey for the planning process began. The new director conducted an initial assessment of the strengths and challenges based on the expertise and experience of the staff. In November 2014, the State Data Center (SDC) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) was chosen to conduct a broader needs assessment and assist with facilitating the planning process. The SDC agreed to conduct the current project, including conducting focus groups across the state and collecting data from members of the Ag Museum, students and faculty from SDSU. The data gathered from the interviews and surveys included diverse perspectives about the history, challenges, and hopes for the future of the Ag Museum. The findings provide an overall assessment of how different groups view the Ag Museum as well as their perspectives about the Ag Museum’s physical displays, current exhibits, operations, accessibility, and its practical use as a resource. Finally, the assessment offers suggestions to fuel the planning work for a new direction for the Ag Museum Analyses of the data showed that the three groups (i.e. students, and museum members) generated different patterns in assessing the current operation of the museum and presented various needs, expectations, and opportunities for future development.