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South Dakota Schools

The field of academia is a declining field in South Dakota. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the academic community in South Dakota, and the future trends.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in South Dakota By Profession

550 546 590 582
9 14 15 17
483 496 501 495
358 368 384 385
382 365 386 394
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

There are 31 colleges and universities in South Dakota. In 2006 there were 1,782 higher education faculty at these institutions. In 2009 there were 1,873 higher education faculty at these institutions.

This shows a 6% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in South Dakota.

Average faculty salaries in South Dakota

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in South Dakota earn $51,465 per year on average. This is less than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. And in South Dakota male faculty earn more than female faculty. There is a 15% difference in salaries.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in South Dakota

No data at this time.

Of the 1,679 college faculty in South Dakota, 39% are tenured. Another 25% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in South Dakota by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. South Dakota Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 7.88% 10.34% 2.96%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has shrunk in South Dakota by 21% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has grown by 21%. This shows that in academia in South Dakota, working part-time is becoming more popular.

National Vs. South Dakota Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% -3.75% -27.08% -21.45%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in South Dakota

No data at this time.

In 2009 3% of part-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background. In the same year, 6% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in South Dakota

No data at this time.

National Vs. South Dakota Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% -22.22% -33.33% 11.11%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: South Dakota
  • Yellow: National

The total number of ethnic or racial minority faculty in South Dakota state increased by 100% from 2006 to 2009. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at South Dakota by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at South Dakota by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. South Dakota Faculty Employment growth of men

0% -1.33% -6.67% -14%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

As the percentage of minorities in academia has grown in South Dakota, the percentage of women has decreased. This is inconsistent with national trends, which show that the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has grown by 9% from 2006 to 2009.

National Vs. South Dakota Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 2.17% -21.74% -11.59%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: South Dakota
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. South Dakota Faculty employment by Gender

National South Dakota
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 46%
Women 54%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in South Dakota


As the number of higher education faculty in South Dakota has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

Currently South Dakota has 6,434 graduate students and 46,766 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in South Dakota

2259 2304 2139 2062 1716
4571 4487 4572 4454 4473
81 90 111 100 304
1113 1137 1216 1200 1237
718 760 718 650 1071
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in South Dakota


In 2009, 3,072 students graduated from colleges and universities in South Dakota. Approximately 51% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 18% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in South Dakota


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in South Dakota.

Retention rates in South Dakota

Returning Students 57%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In South Dakota, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 57 students return to school the following year and 45 students eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in South Dakota

Graduation Students 45%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. South Dakota Students By Gender

National South Dakota
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 41%
Women 59%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Similar to the faculty population in South Dakota, the student population is not very diverse. 59% of the 53,200 students studying in the state's colleges and universities are female. Approximately 12% of South Dakota's students identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. These numbers are consistent with national statistics, which show that 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from minority backgrounds.

National Vs. South Dakota Students Minorities

National South Dakota
Minorities 29%
Minorities 12%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in South Dakota

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  1. South Dakota Teaching Schools21,567 Employed
  2. South Dakota Business Schools15,577 Employed
  3. South Dakota Engineering Schools7,362 Employed
  4. South Dakota Liberal Arts Schools6,374 Employed
  5. South Dakota Educational Leadership Schools4,759 Employed
  6. South Dakota Math Schools4,328 Employed
  7. South Dakota Management Schools4,271 Employed
  8. South Dakota Psychology Schools4,162 Employed
  9. South Dakota Biology Schools3,731 Employed
  10. South Dakota Information Systems Schools3,565 Employed
  11. South Dakota English Schools3,547 Employed
  12. South Dakota Music Schools3,356 Employed
  13. South Dakota Art Schools3,304 Employed
  14. South Dakota Information Technology Schools3,227 Employed
  15. South Dakota Accounting Schools3,068 Employed
  16. South Dakota Business Administration Schools2,870 Employed
  17. South Dakota Law Schools2,791 Employed
  18. South Dakota Design Schools2,636 Employed
  19. South Dakota Counseling Schools2,455 Employed
  20. South Dakota Physics Schools2,396 Employed
  21. South Dakota Chemistry Schools2,378 Employed
  22. South Dakota Nursing Schools2,327 Employed
  23. South Dakota MBA Schools2,181 Employed
  24. South Dakota Journalism Schools2,102 Employed
  25. South Dakota History Schools2,098 Employed
  26. South Dakota RN to BSN Schools2,061 Employed
  27. South Dakota BSN Schools2,061 Employed
  28. South Dakota Forensic Nursing Schools2,061 Employed
  29. South Dakota Elementary Education Schools2,043 Employed
  30. South Dakota Special Education Schools2,002 Employed
  31. South Dakota Sociology Schools1,936 Employed
  32. South Dakota Political Science Schools1,902 Employed
  33. South Dakota Criminal Justice Schools1,662 Employed
  34. South Dakota Finance Schools1,649 Employed
  35. South Dakota International Business Schools1,595 Employed
  36. South Dakota Veterinary Schools1,547 Employed
  37. South Dakota Human Services Schools1,484 Employed
  38. South Dakota Communications Schools1,469 Employed
  39. South Dakota Speech Therapy Schools1,431 Employed
  40. South Dakota Construction Management Schools1,309 Employed
  41. South Dakota Nutrition Schools1,302 Employed
  42. South Dakota Early Childhood Education Schools1,295 Employed
  43. South Dakota Human Resources Schools1,190 Employed
  44. South Dakota Graphic Design Schools1,145 Employed
  45. South Dakota Marketing Schools1,141 Employed
  46. South Dakota Sports Medicine Schools1,088 Employed
  47. South Dakota Visual Communications Schools1,020 Employed
  48. South Dakota Small Business Schools1,005 Employed
  49. South Dakota Civil Engineering Schools987 Employed
  50. South Dakota Computer Networking Schools947 Employed
  51. South Dakota Biomedical Engineering Schools909 Employed
  52. South Dakota Mechanical Engineering Schools874 Employed
  53. South Dakota Social Work Schools850 Employed
  54. South Dakota Healthcare Management Schools807 Employed
  55. South Dakota Computer Engineering Schools806 Employed
  56. South Dakota Electrical Engineering Schools800 Employed
  57. South Dakota Property Management Schools744 Employed
  58. South Dakota Web Design Schools730 Employed
  59. South Dakota Occupational Therapy Schools727 Employed
  60. South Dakota Biochemistry Schools720 Employed
  61. South Dakota Software Engineering Schools714 Employed
  62. South Dakota Public Administration Schools710 Employed
  63. South Dakota Sports Management Schools679 Employed
  64. South Dakota Interior Design Schools651 Employed
  65. South Dakota Fashion Marketing Schools651 Employed
  66. South Dakota Hotel Management Schools651 Employed
  67. South Dakota Theology Schools650 Employed
  68. South Dakota Dental Hygienist Schools641 Employed
  69. South Dakota Physician Assistant Schools641 Employed
  70. South Dakota Public Health Schools641 Employed
  71. South Dakota Physical Therapy Schools641 Employed
  72. South Dakota Healthcare Administration Schools629 Employed
  73. South Dakota Drafting Schools595 Employed
  74. South Dakota Computer Science Schools522 Employed
  75. South Dakota Hospitality Schools458 Employed
  76. South Dakota Animation Schools445 Employed
  77. South Dakota Computer Programming Schools440 Employed
  78. South Dakota Health Information Schools408 Employed
  79. South Dakota Paralegal Schools386 Employed
  80. South Dakota Radiology Technology Schools383 Employed
  81. South Dakota Carpentry Schools356 Employed
  82. South Dakota Business Management Schools305 Employed
  83. South Dakota Video Game Design Schools279 Employed
  84. South Dakota Surgical Technology Schools243 Employed
  85. South Dakota Health Information Management Schools166 Employed
  86. South Dakota Respiratory Therapy Schools166 Employed
  87. South Dakota Game Design Schools166 Employed
  88. South Dakota Game Development Schools166 Employed
  89. South Dakota X Ray Technician Schools125 Employed
  90. South Dakota Sonography Schools113 Employed
  91. South Dakota Ultrasound Technology Schools113 Employed
  92. South Dakota Computer Animation Schools113 Employed
  93. South Dakota Christian Counseling Schools93 Employed
  94. South Dakota Forensic Science Schools93 Employed
  95. South Dakota Organizational Psychology Schools92 Employed
  96. South Dakota Ministry Schools92 Employed
  97. South Dakota Physical Therapy Assistant Schools86 Employed
  98. South Dakota Creative Writing Schools69 Employed
  99. South Dakota Homeland Security Schools69 Employed
  100. South Dakota Fire Science Schools68 Employed
  101. South Dakota Culinary Schools63 Employed
  102. South Dakota Medical Coding Schools34 Employed

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