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Online programs earn U.S. News recognition

Jan 10th, 2017 @ 1:02 pm | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University’s online graduate education and bachelor’s degree programs have earned national recognition in the 2017 U.S. News Best Online Program rankings.

In the Best Online Graduate Education Program rankings, VCSU is ranked 47 of 275 schools that were evaluated. The rankings formula included weighted measures for student engagement (35 percent), student services and technology (20 percent), admissions selectivity (15 percent), faculty credentials and training (15 percent) and peer reputation (15 percent).

“We are very pleased by the rankings,” said James Boe, Ph.D., VCSU director for graduate studies and research. “The personal attention we give to our students and our flexible delivery methods play a big part in our success.”

“Our M.Ed. program has unique concentrations to meet the needs of K-12 educators, and the new M.A.T. program increases our ability to meet the critical teacher shortage in North Dakota,” added Boe. “We will continue to seek innovative ways to provide our students with quality graduate programs at VCSU.”

VCSU offers two online master’s degree programs in education—the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. The M.A.T. is designed for individuals who already have a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and would like to become a teacher, while the Master of Education degree is designed for practicing teachers. The M.Ed. program offers six concentrations: elementary education, English education, library and information technologies, teaching English language learners, teaching and technology, and technology education.

The 47th place ranking for VCSU’s graduate education program represents a considerable move upward compared to the 2016 rankings; last year VCSU was ranked 83rd among 263 listed schools.

More information on VCSU’s graduate education programs can be found online at vcsu.edu/graduate.

In the 2017 Best Online Bachelor’s Program rankings, VCSU is ranked 148 of 306 evaluated schools. The rankings formula included weighted measures for student engagement (40 percent), faculty credentials and training (20 percent), student services and technology (20 percent), and peer reputation (20 percent).

Online bachelor’s degree programs at VCSU include business education, business process integration management, career and technical education, communication, English education, history education, music, and technology education.

More information on VCSU’s online bachelor’s degree programs can be found at online.vcsu.edu.