With the 2021 spring semester now in full swing, we're proud to share that nine out of every 10 classes are being held in person at South Dakota State as we continue to prioritize the health and safety for our Jackrabbit community.
South Dakota State University is now on the other side of on a fall semester unlike any other, where we proved that by following public health guidelines and safety protocols we can successfully maintain in-person instruction on our campus. We proved that out of adaptability and nimbleness comes great opportunity and growth and opportunity as we prepared to the 2021 spring semester. As Jackrabbits, we proved that when we work together and care for one another, we can accomplish big goals, such as a full semester of on-campus instruction.
Through that experience, we learned new ideas about keeping each other safe and developed new models on how to design our classroom and university gathering spaces. We met our educational mission, keeping future teachers, engineers, counselors, doctors, business leaders, ag producers and hundreds of others on a track toward graduation. We met our educational mission, keeping future teachers, engineers, counselors, doctors, business leaders, ag producers and hundreds of others on a track toward graduation.
Now, we’re bringing those experiences into a new year, where excitement and a new sense of hope have set us up for another safe and productive spring semester. As we march towards our goal of celebrating the class of 2021 with commencement in May, we’re proud that over 93 percent of our on-campus course have some face-to-face interaction. Of those courses, more than half are taking place in the classroom full-time with the remainder benefiting from hybrid models that have implemented even more advanced technology to make engagement and learning better.
The health and safety of our community is still the top priority and we continue to practice the protocols that were developed before the academic year started. As we look to fulfill our goal of educating the next generation of Jackrabbits to enter the workforce, we know that by relying on our core values we can accomplish big goals – like continued in-person classes and a 2021 commencement ceremony.
We are also approaching the fall 2021 semester with optimism and a return to more normal, with even more in-person classes and opportunities to get involved for students who come to Brookings.
We know you’re planning your future. As you make decisions about where the next step in life will take you, know that we’re committed to partnering with you in that journey. We know the value of a four-year degree , have substantial scholarships and financial aid opportunities available, and are committed to getting together, in person, as safely as we can.
The world will be forever changed by what we’ve experienced through this pandemic. What’s next will be built by the next generation of Jackrabbits. Come build your future at SDSU.