The South Dakota Board of Regents approved Black Hills State University's request to change the name of the Rapid City satellite campus currently named the University Center to Black Hills State University– Rapid City.
Black Hills State University– Rapid City is currently affiliated with South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, and Northern State University, and is currently in the process of adding a certificate program with the South Dakota School of Mines.
The President of Black Hills State University says he hopes this opportunity will strengthen those partnerships, and that this change will also allow the addition of new programs and the opportunity for the people of Rapid City to have more affordable and accessible education.
Black Hills State University– Rapid City Executive Director Gene Bilodeau says, "There's a lot that will be changing over the next couple of years, but right not it really gives our students an identity. These students here, better than 90 percent of them, have always came here thinking they were part of B–H, and they have been, but now they know they're a part of B–H and they're really part of that Yellow Jacket family in a very distinctive way."
Dr. Tom Jackson Jr.says, "I found that students, they have come to the center but they don't really have the sense that they're going to a university or to, if you will, a real college. Now we will have that branding where we are indeed a university not just a university center, and I think that will draw students."
Jackson says they are looking into more masters programs as well as doctoral programs, which would be a big addition for the Rapid City campus.