SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s university centers in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre are spending less money on instructors, and it’s not just because they have fewer students.
The Argus Leader reports the decrease in spending is also due to a strategic push to offer fewer courses and hire part-time adjunct instructors.
“All of the centers have been using adjuncts to control costs,” said Mike Rush, executive director for the Board of Regents.
Paul Turman is the Board of Regents vice president for academic affairs. He said Capital University Center is using this strategy because it doesn’t have enough students to employ many full-time faculty members.
“You couldn’t be a full-time math teacher at CUC in Pierre because they only offer one to two math sections per semester,” Turman said.
Most classes at Black Hills State University’s Rapid City center are taught by adjuncts.
“That’s always been a measure that has helped hold down our instructional costs,” said Greg Bilodeau, executive director.
Adjuncts make up about 30 percent of the instructional staff in Sioux Falls’ university center. The center hasn’t made any concerted efforts to increase the number of part-time staff.
Executive Director Craig Johnson said most of the cost savings in Sioux Falls have been the result of a strategic effort to decrease the number of courses offered.
The center offered 290 courses in the fall of last year. Only 166 are scheduled this fall.
Jake Moir, a Sioux Falls student, said it has become more challenging to schedule classes.
“I had to settle for some classes that I didn’t want to take,” Moir said.
Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com