- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a proposal to rebrand a satellite center in Rapid City as a campus of Black Hills State University.

The board approved the change at their meeting Wednesday at the University of South Dakota. The institution is currently known as University Center-Rapid City and is a partnership among South Dakota’s six public universities.

Black Hills State University President Tom Jackson says rebranding the center as Black Hills State University-Rapid City will help it compete with other higher education institutions in Rapid City, like the city’s technical institute.

Enrollment in the center increased by nearly 20 percent between 2009 and 2013 while centers in Pierre and Sioux Falls have seen significant declines.

Jackson says the approval “makes us the major player in Rapid City.”

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