Board of Regents approves flat rate for BHSU tuition, extends alcohol discussion

Jacket Journal Staff

Last December, the South Dakota Board of Regents visited Black Hills State University for their December meeting. The agenda included a proposal to implement the sale of alcohol at South Dakota university events, a program productivity review of graduate rates by major and a pilot test for a flat tuition rate at BHSU.

Kathy Johnson, BHSU’s Vice President of Finance, presented a three-year trial for a flat tuition rate at BHSU. The tuition change would institute a flat rate for on-campus courses. English and Business course prices would be most affected by the flat rate, as they are currently the cheapest and most expensive, respectively. English courses would see an increase of $13.20 per credit hour and business courses would see a decrease of $15.45. Johnson said she believes the increased cost for some students would ultimately even out throughout their time earning a degree.

Alcohol sales are being considered at certain university events, such as alumni receptions and sporting events. In order to do so, the state legislature would need to repeal or amend the current prohibition against such. The BOR is still in the process of collecting information to ensure a careful implementation if it is accepted, and for legislators to consider whether or not to change current laws.

Several reasons were discussed for the change. In addition to the generation of revenue, the Board considered the potential for improving the experience of participants during fundraising and athletic events’particularly for viewers in sky boxes.

A draft of the meetings minutes also mentioned discussion of the potential to better manage the risk at stadiums by controlling alcohol sales. However, restricted sales to sky boxes and sponsors appear to be the primary focus of change as this is specifically discussed more than a general sales implementation.

Specific information about cost was lacking in the discussion. In order to offer alcohol, considerations for increased security, staffing, janitorial services, insurance and general maintenance need to be made.

Ultimately, the Regents voted to draft and consider a policy proposal for a more narrowed availability of alcohol.