In 2018, Dickinson State University was approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education as the first dual mission institution in the state. This designation expands course offerings beyond the bachelor‘s degree and now includes continuing education, certification, associate degrees, and graduate degrees. This designation allows DSU to serve the region by offering needed programs to prepare a workforce for our growing region.

So what does it mean to be Dual Mission?

Across the nation, institutions of higher education are exploring what it means to them. For DSU it means that as a campus community, we are committed to being workforce adaptive and removing barriers to ensure programs get running.

Being Dual Mission means DSU is responsive and relevant in meeting the educational needs of the citizens in our region as we:

  • seek to understand the needs of students and the region;
  • evaluate and develop programs and delivery methods to meet these needs;
  • partner to offer workforce training;
  • establish streamlined pathways for degree attainment based on student educational goals.