Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota. The university has a technology centric focus with programs in computer and information science, business, education, natural sciences, liberal arts, among other graduate and undergraduate programs. The university requires all full-time undergraduate students to use tablet computers and laptops in general education courses in addition to taking a computer usage course and an introductory programming course as part of their curriculum.
Dakota State University is considered to be one of the more technologically advanced post-secondary institutions, making use of Tablet PCs, advanced biometric identification devices, special computer laboratories designed for computer hacking and has 25 of the available degree programs offered on campus available via distance methods. This, among other things, has contributed to DSU being listed as the highest ranked baccalaureate college in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years.
DSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2004, DSU was designated by the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. In 2012, DSU received two more designations from the National Security Agency: National Center of Academic Excellence in Research and National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.
DSU is home to the Smith-Zimmermann Heritage Museum and the Karl E. Mundt Library and Archives. Its athletic mascot is the Trojan and it is a member of the Association of Independent Institutions. There is currently a national search being implemented for the next president. During this search, Dr. David B. Borofsky will be serving as interim president.
As of the Fall 2011 semester, its total student enrollment was 3,102, of whom 51.3% were women, and its total faculty count was 128.
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