Dickinson State University Legislative Priorities

January 28, 2015

Dickinson State University (DSU) has submitted the following as high-level budget priorities:

  • As a number one priority, $750,000 in base funding for the continued operation of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at DSU. The Theodore Roosevelt Center has been funded by one-time appropriations during the 2007-2009, 2009-2011, 2011-2013, and 2013-2015 biennia.
  • $141,700 for one full-time mental health counselor. Operating costs associated with the position would come through internal reallocations.
  • DSU did not propose restoration of an Emergency and Continuance of Operations position; however, asked for $205,500 in addition to the $750,000 request for funding operation of the Theodore Roosevelt Center.
  • Authorization to renovate Woods Hall — one of only three residence halls at DSU — at a cost of $7.5 million. The renovation would mark the first overhaul of the building since it was built in 1965. The project calls for removing 8,000 square feet of asbestos from the facility and renovating 167 dorm rooms to suite-style units serving approximately 140 students.