Category Archives: Valley City State University

Valley City State University campus successes – August 2015

Wintch joins VCSU as VP of business affairs Wesley Wintch has joined the VCSU administrative team as vice president of business affairs (VPBA). As VPBA, Wintch will direct the university’s efforts in financial management and reporting, budgeting, campus planning, facilities and risk management, safety and security, human resources and payroll, and grants and contracts. Wintch… Read More »

Valley City State University campus successes – July

Online communication program receives Students Before Profits Award The VCSU online bachelor’s degree program in communication has been recognized with a 2015–16 Students Before Profits Award for Best Online Bachelor’s in Communication and Public Relations by Nonprofit Colleges Online. Available entirely online (in addition to being offered face-to-face), VCSU’s professional communication degree offers three concentrations:… Read More »

Starfish, PAR presented

Long-planned reporting methods unveiled in council Members of the Academic Affairs Council got their first look at two separate and distinct data tracking methodology frameworks that could help North Dakota University System’s goal of providing actionable and specific insight to its stakeholders for student success. The first, Starfish, is a data-tracking system that helps monitor… Read More »

Valley City State University campus successes – June

Faculty participate in teaching academy Fifteen select VCSU faculty members participated in the third annual Summer Teaching Academy on campus May 19–21, 2015. Led by the university’s six-member Instructional Design Team, the academy focused on strategies to improve teaching and learning at VCSU, especially in regard to efficiency, innovation and technology.   Student research projects… Read More »

Valley City State University Campus Successes – April

VCSU online M.Ed in Elementary Education ranked 12th in nation: VCSU’s online M.Ed. in Elementary Education degree program has been ranked 12th in the nation by TheBestSchools.org. TheBestSchools.org selected VCSU’s online program based on academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strength and reputation. 26 VCSU freshmen inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society: The VCSU… Read More »

Valley City State University Campus Successes – March

VCSU online bachelor’s program ranked 7th in nation in affordability: College Choice has ranked VCSU No. 7 in the nation in its list of “2015 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Bachelor’s Degrees.” The rankings were based on total cost, number of online degrees offered and regional accreditation status. Music students selected for national band: Three… Read More »

Valley City State University Legislative Priorities

Proposed VCSU Capital Projects Valley City State University has urgent needs for two capital projects: to construct a new Communication and Fine Arts Building and to replace an outdated, inadequate Campus Heating Plant. The new Communication and Fine Arts Building will replace Foss Music Hall, an impediment to permanent flood protection along the Sheyenne River.… Read More »

VCSU’s online programs ranked high in quality, value

VCSU’s online programs ranked high in quality, value VCSU’s online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) program concentrations in technology and education, teaching and technology, and library and information technologies were ranked No. 6 in TopMastersInEducation.com’s annual “Best Value” rankings for online Master’s in Educational Technology degree programs based on cost, quality and accreditation. Affordable Colleges Online… Read More »

Tisa Mason named VCSU president

Tisa Mason named VCSU president The State Board of Higher Education has appointed Tisa Mason, Ed.D., as VCSU’s next president. Mason comes to Valley City from Hays, Kan., where she served as vice president for student affairs at Fort Hays State University. Mason succeeds Steven Shirley, now Minot State president, in the VCSU presidency. She… Read More »

Committee names finalist for Valley City State University president

The Valley City State University presidential search committee met in Valley City Oct. 13 –Oct. 15. The committee interviewed five candidates in person. “These interviews were a great opportunity for the candidates to visit the campus and give them a better understanding of the culture at Valley City State,” said Board Chair Kirsten Diederich, who… Read More »

VCSU Rhoades Science Center earns design award

Rhoades Science Center earns design award VCSU’s Rhoades Science Center is one of three projects by JLG Architects named to the 2014 Architectural Portfolio of American School & University magazine. Rhoades received recognition in the category of Outstanding Design: Post-Secondary Facilities category. The projects will be featured in the November 2014 issue of the magazine.… Read More »

U.S. News again ranks VCSU No. 2 among public regional colleges in Midwest

U.S. News again ranks VCSU No. 2 among public regional colleges in Midwest VCSU was ranked No. 2 among Top Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest in the 2015 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges. VCSU held the same position in the 2014 U.S. News rankings. For six consecutive years, VCSU has been ranked either… Read More »

VCSU’s Prairie Waters Center Receives Grant for High School Wetlands Program

Eleven join VCSU faculty Eleven new full-time instructors have joined the VCSU faculty this fall, including Sharon Bratrud, M.S., AT, LAT, assistant professor and athletic training clinical coordinator; Luis da Vinha, Ph.D., assistant professor of geography; Karri Dieken, MFA, assistant professor of art; Rachelle Hunt, M.Ed., AT, LAT, assistant professor and athletic training program director;… Read More »

VCSU Professor receives Blackboard award for online course

Professor Burr receives Blackboard award for online course Diane Burr, VCSU professor of health and physical education, was named a winner of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course. Burr was recognized for her online Introduction to Physical Education course at VCSU. She will be honored at Blackboard’s annual user conference in Las Vegas, Nev.,… Read More »

Dahlberg named VCSU interim president

Dr. Dahlberg named VCSU interim president Margaret Dahlberg, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University, has been appointed VCSU interim president by the SBHE. Dahlberg will begin serving as interim president on July 1, 2014, succeeding current VCSU president Steven W. Shirley, who has been appointed president of Minot State University.… Read More »

NDUS names Valley City State University presidential search committee

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) named the members of a Presidential Search Committee to identify candidates for the position of president of Valley City State University (VCSU), Valley City, N.D. Dr. Steven W. Shirley, current VCSU president, will be taking over as Minot State University president in July 2014. The Committee is chaired by… Read More »

VCSU students shoot film with Hollywood actor

Freshman honor society inducts 34 new members – 34 freshmen VCSU’s chapter of Alpha Delta Lambda, the national honor society for first-year students, inducted 34 freshmen into the society Sunday, March 9. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA and rank in the top 20 percent of their class during their first… Read More »

Library and Information Technologies program at VCSU earns national recognition

VCSU President Shirley named next president of MiSU – VCSU President Steven W. Shirley has been named the next president of Minot State University by the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE). Shirley, who began his presidency at VCSU in July 2008, will begin his work at Minot State by July 1, 2014. The SBHE… Read More »

VCSU sets spring semester student enrollment records

VCSU has set spring-semester student-enrollment records with a headcount of 1,341 students and a full-time equivalent (FTE) of 956. Since 2009, VCSU’s spring headcount numbers have grown from 959 to 1,341, a 40 percent increase. Similarly, FTE over the same period has increased from 767 to 956, a 25 percent increase.  VCSU students Amelia Brown… Read More »

VCSU Foundation Receives Largest Gift in University History

The VCSU Foundation has received a $2.5 million gift—the largest in VCSU history—from the estate of Leonard and Marjorie (Dreis) Wright of Mukilteo, Wash. Marjorie Wright attended VCSU and taught school in North Dakota and Alaska before joining her husband’s business, Badger Construction, which prospered with work on Alaska oil pipeline construction projects. VCSU’s online… Read More »