The Board of Regents says South Dakota needs a larger workforce and the best way to do that is to encourage more people to get a degree.
A study conducted by the board found if that doesn't happen, the state's long-term economic health could suffer.
South Dakota is expected to have tens of thousands of new jobs by 2018 that will need to be filled. In that same time, many of the state's residents will reach retirement age, which will open up even more positions.
Officials say these numbers show the importance of graduating more South Dakotans with postsecondary degrees to meet the need for qualified workers.