VCSU online programs—M.Ed., bachelor's—nationally ranked by U.S. News

Jan 8th, 2014 @ 8:16 am | Author: Greg Vanney
Both of Valley City State University’s online degree programs—its Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Bachelor’s Degree programs—are nationally ranked in the 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs.

Appearing in the Graduate Education category, VCSU’s online M.Ed. is ranked 42nd among 234 programs listed in the rankings. It is the only program offered by a North Dakota college or university ranked in this category.

In the Best Online Bachelor’s Program category, VCSU is ranked 138th of 278 listed programs.

“VCSU is proud to be included in the U.S. News online education rankings as these results speak to the academic excellence of our programs,” said VCSU President Steven W. Shirley. “Online education is important in providing flexible access to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs to those who might not be able to participate in a traditional on-site program.

“Providing in-service teaching professionals with the opportunity to earn an M.Ed. online in a highly ranked program helps improve the quality of classroom education in elementary and secondary schools, and that’s been central to Valley City State’s mission since its founding in 1890,” added President Shirley.

Criteria and weights for the Best Online Graduate Education Programs rankings are as follows:
  • • student engagement (35 percent)
  • • student services and technology (20 percent)
  • • faculty credentials and training (15 percent)
  • • admissions selectivity (15 percent)
  • • peer reputation (15 percent)
Best Online Bachelor’s Programs criteria and weights are as follows:
  • • student engagement (40 percent)
  • • student services and technology (20 percent)
  • • faculty credentials and training (20 percent)
  • • peer reputation (20 percent)
More information on the rankings is available at www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

VCSU’s fully accredited M.Ed. program is offered 100 percent online to meet the needs of practicing teachers. Available M.Ed. concentrations at VCSU include Teaching and Technology, Elementary Education, English Education, Teaching English Language Learners, Library and Information Technologies, and Technology Education. More information about the program is available at www.vcsu.edu/graduate.

VCSU offers online bachelor’s degree programs in Business Education, Business Process Integration Management, Career and Technical Education, English Education, History Education, Technology Education, Music, and Professional Communication. More information can be found online at distancelearning.vcsu.edu.