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The Graduate School advances post-baccalaureate education to meet the economic, technological and societal needs of South Dakota and beyond, supports graduate student success, and fosters innovation and diversity in graduate education and scholarship. The collection is composed of records, Graduate Council minutes, Graduate Faculty records, and records of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
South Dakota State University (SDSU) granted its first Master of Science degree in 1891. The first Master of Education degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree were granted in 1958. A committee supervised all graduate work until 1957, when the Graduate School was established.
The Graduate School operates as one unit with no departments or department heads. The Graduate School is committed to providing an atmosphere for qualified students to obtain rigorous advance education in a variety of fields in preparation for service and leadership in their professions and society. It also promotes scholarly pursuits and scientific research for the advancement of knowledge within a climate of freedom of inquiry. The Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Education degrees are offered in approximately 30 majors. The Doctor of Philosophy is offered in agronomy; animal science; atmospheric, environmental, and water resources; biological sciences, chemistry; and sociology. The Master of Science Teaching degree was discontinued July 1, 1996, and no new students were admitted after that date.
The graduate faculty is composed of the university president, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration, graduate dean, college deans, heads of departments in which graduate courses are given and other faculty, chosen on the basis of their training and experience, in accordance with the policies of the Graduate School. The Graduate Faculty acts on all matters of policy and standards. In addition, individual Graduate Faculty are authorized to serve as adviser to graduate students or, on their examining committees and to teach courses for graduate credit.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
As part of the Graduate School, the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) provides services to the University community in the areas of research development and external funding for research, scholarship, creative activities, and other sponsored projects. South Dakota State University is committed to excellence in both basic and applied research, as well as other scholarly and creative activities associated with the University's mission. An effort is maintained to discover new ideas, processes, and developments that will expand and strengthen the state's industrial and agricultural economy. Research and scholarly activities are considered integral, essential, and traditional parts of university life involving faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The research program provides an atmosphere of encouragement for these activities in all segments of the institution.
Some services and activities of the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs include maintaining a database on the expertise and research interests of investigators, and obtaining and disseminating information on sponsoring agencies and funding opportunities using a large grants database to identify appropriate funding sources. It also facilitates interdisciplinary projects, supports research project and grant application development through seminars and workshops for investigators, and provides individual assistance in the preparation and submission of grant applications. ORSP facilitates administrative review and submission of grant applications and contract proposals, insures that grant applications conform to University policies and comply with federal regulations, and negotiates with funding agencies on terms and conditions for grants and agreements. Finally, ORSP is a point of contact for external funding agencies, maintains records of pending applications, and tracks the status of proposals.
A Graduate Council of nine members elected from the Graduate Faculty assists the Graduate Dean. The council includes the Graduate Dean (chair); one member each from Animal Sciences, Biological Sciences, Education and Counseling, Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Plant Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The Dean of the Library serves as an ex-officio member.
The Graduate Faculty is composed of the University President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Vice President for Administration, college deans, heads of departments in which graduate courses are given, and other faculty, chosen on the basis of their training and experience, in accordance with the policies of the Graduate School. The Graduate Faculty acts on all matters of policy and standards. In addition, Graduate Faculty are authorized to serve as adviser to graduate students or, on their examining committee and to teach courses for graduate credit.
Composed of Graduate School records, Graduate Council minutes, Graduate Faculty records, and records of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Folders consist of newsletters, pamphlets, info sheets, brochures, announcements, schedules, meeting minutes, and correspondence.
Series 1. Dean's Office Records [UA 11.0].
This series is composed of materials generated by the office of the dean of the Graduate School. Folders consist of newsletters, pamphlets, info sheets, and the constitution and by-laws for the Graduate Education Association.
Series 2. Office of Research & Sponsored Programs Records [UA 11.1].
This collection is composed of items published by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Folders contain brochures, newsletters, announcements and schedules. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs newsletter covers the years 2001-2006 but is incomplete.
Series 3. Graduate Council Minutes [UA 11.2].
This collection is composed of minutes from Graduate Council meetings and some correspondence. The minutes are, for the most part, business like, listing members present and absent at each meeting with a majority including notations in the margin indicating the subject of each paragraph. The minutes deal mainly with action on graduate courses, new degree programs, and nominations to graduate faculty. The minutes from 1997-1998 are the largest files because of the inclusion of several nominations to the graduate faculty.
Series 4. Graduate Faculty Records [UA 11.3].
This collection is minutes from Graduate Faculty meetings and some correspondence. The minutes are businesslike with some including notations in the margin indicating the subject of each paragraph. The minutes deal mainly with matters of policy and standards.
SDSU Archives and Special Collections
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South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.
Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.
SDSU Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, "Graduate School Records" (2018). University Archives. 66.