Research at DSU
Dakota State University's growing research enterprise is rooted in its mission as South Dakota's technology university. Over the past decade, DSU has taken significant strides in establishing an environment where scholarship and research are promoted and supported across campus.
Information systems and information technologies (IT) are at the core of the research agenda in the College of Business and Information Systems. IT research at DSU is supported by DSU's Doctor of Science and Masters programs in Information Systems, Information Assurance, and Health Informatics. DSU researchers are developing new, innovative approaches in computer and network security, with a particular emphasis on securing the banking and financial infrastructure. Addressing the realization that we are currently living in a data rich — yet information poor — environment, another research focus is on analytics, decision support systems and knowledge management. The emphasis is on the development of innovative techniques for leveraging rich data environments for improved decision making. DSU research in health informatics focuses on leveraging IT to improve the quality of care while reducing health care cost.
Research is also growing in the College of Arts & Sciences. Partnerships with other universities in physics research have helped connect Dakota State University to research planned for the Deep Underground Science Laboratory at Lead (DUSEL/SUSEL). Research in wildlife sciences and water quality anchors the biology program on campus and benefits wildlife management programs in the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the quality of life in Lake County.
The College of Education, through its Master of Science program in Educational Technology, is involved in research on the integration of computer technologies into curriculum and instruction. The program recognizes that computers and technology have become a significant part of the teaching and learning process, and realizes that addressing the information needs of teachers has become key to integrating technology into the class- room and increasing student learning.
As part of the Higher Learning Commission accreditation process, DSU adopted an AQIP Action Project to build a culture of research at DSU. To date, faculty input has been acquired through a campus survey and focus groups, and best practices in changing institutional culture have been identified. Using this input, specific tasks have been articulated and a timeline for implementation set. The project is scheduled for completion in 2013. The outcome of the project will be institutional processes and resources that are aligned to reflect an organizational culture that celebrates discovery, invention, and imaginative application in the arts, sciences and technology.