Established two years ago, the award represents an opportunity for the president and the provost to recognize departmental academic accomplishment and to offer a measure of appreciation to outstanding departments on behalf of the university.
The award consists of a trophy as well as a prize of $2000, which the winning organization is free to use as it sees fit.
The School of Education has put tremendous energy and resources into providing educational opportunities for students who are unable to come to the Vermillion campus.
Distance learning programs offered by the School of Education at USD have included such programs as a fully online master's and specialist degrees in technology for education and training; doctorate in education in the field of educational administration cohorts in Brookings, Rapid City and Sioux Falls; and efforts to develop a master's degree in counseling for Sioux Falls delivery.
Because of efforts like these, hundreds of students from a wide variety of backgrounds have been able to pursue their education because of the work of the faculty, staff and administration of the School of Education. The challenges of course delivery using distance modalities, advising over distance and financing these programs have been met due to the flexibility and innovation shown by the School of Education faculty.
Linda Reetz, interim dean of the School of Education, expressed her appreciation of the recognition.
"Our faculty members have truly been here, there and everywhere trying to make their programs accessible to all of South Dakota. Everyone was very surprised and delighted – so was I," Reetz said.
For more information, please contact Linda Reetz at Linda.Reetz@usd.edu