SPEARFISH - Black Hills State University is suspending two academic programs and taking other steps to address a $1.5 million budget deficit.
University officials say the revenue shortfall is due to students taking fewer credit hours, which they attribute to fewer high school graduates in South Dakota and an increase in the number of part-time students.
The Spearfish school is suspending its engineering technology program and a master's degree program in sustainability. Officials say both programs have low enrollment.
University President Tom Jackson Jr. says the school also is putting more emphasis on marketing and student recruitment.
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