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Enrollment Up 4%, FTE Up 9%

Sep. 15, 2004 9:05 AM
Valley City State University (VCSU) today released final enrollment figures for the fall semester of 2004 showing headcount of 1,037 students, up from 998 students for the same semester of 2003. Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment stood at 899, a 9 percent increase from 824 for the same period last year.

Dr. Ellen-Earle Chaffee, President of VCSU, said, "Our faculty has done an outstanding job of providing flexible learning opportunities and personalized service to students that builds very high levels of satisfaction. We see lots of evidence of this including an outstanding retention rate, excellent results from student satisfaction surveys, and being named to the U.S. News 'Best Colleges' list for the 7th year in a row. Students want quality, innovation, and service. These enrollment results represent clear progress toward all of our goals."

One program in particular that generated significant results is the Clinical Practice/Transition to Teaching program. The program is a partnership between VCSU, the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education, local school districts and post-secondary campuses designed to retain new teachers by focusing on success in the classroom. The program grew from 12 students during the fall of 2003 to 48 students this year, primarily by adding opportunities for teachers in post-secondary education to the existing opportunities for teachers in secondary education.

Dan Klein, Director of Enrollment Services at VCSU, noted other factors contributing to the growth in enrollment. "Our out-of-state enrollment increased from 23.5% in 2003 to 25.5% in 2004. Students are being attracted by some of our innovative and exciting new programs such as professional communication, music business and health sciences. We are also seeing an increase in the number of students attending full-time, which contributed to the increase in FTE."

Valley City State University (VCSU) is a four-year undergraduate university that prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.

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