Valley City State University campus successes

May 17, 2017

VCSU student Ernst presents research in D.C.

Niklas Ernst, a VCSU social science student, participated in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 21st annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. April 25–26. Ernst’s research project, “The Unfinished Presidencies: Why Incumbent Presidents Lose Their Reelection Campaigns,” was one of 60 projects nationwide selected for Posters on the Hill. Ernst looked at the failed reelection bids of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush to determine why the incumbent’s typical election advantages did not play out for them. His research, mentored by Luis da Vinha, Ph.D., VCSU professor of social science, was part of VCSU’s Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program. The Posters on the Hill session, held in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, was attended by members of Congress, congressional staff and representatives of multiple federal agencies and organizations. Ernst also met with North Dakota Senator John Hoeven and staff from Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s and Representative Kevin Cramer’s offices. Ernst was accompanied to D.C. by David DeMuth, Ph.D., VCSU director of undergraduate research and professor of mathematics.


VCSU master’s in elementary education ranked 8th of 25 best online programs

Valley City State University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in elementary education has been ranked 8th on College Choice’s list of “25 Best Online Master’s in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017.” The College Choice ranking includes several factors that reflect both program quality and return on investment. A composite score is developed by weighing standard academic reputation rankings, program tuition rates, early career earnings of graduates and school acceptance rates. All programs on the list are accredited. VCSU’s M.Ed. program offers six concentrations, including the elementary education program recognized by College Choice. Other concentrations include English education, library and information technologies, teaching English language learners, teaching and technology, and technology education. The university also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree program, also fully online. The College Choice rankings can be found online at


VCSU commencement held Saturday, May 13

Valley City State University held its 125th spring commencement exercises Saturday morning, May 13, in W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the VCSU campus. A total of 254 students—221 undergraduates and 33 graduate students—were eligible to participate in the commencement exercises. VCSU students will be awarded the following degrees: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.). Remarks were given by President Tisa Mason, Ed.D., CAE, who has led VCSU since December 2014;  Mark Hagerott, Ph.D., chancellor of the North Dakota University System; Morgan Nalley, a graduating senior from Pocatello, Idaho; and Jodi Shorma, assistant professor of language and literature, who was recently selected as Student Senate’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.