Aug 22nd, 2008 @ 6:34 am | Author:
VCSU Named a \'Best College\' 11th Year in a Row
Valley City State University (VCSU) has been recognized in the "America's Best Colleges 2009" edition of U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 4 Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest. This marks the 11th year in a row that VCSU has received this recognition from U.S. News.

Dr. Steven Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "The faculty, staff and students should be very proud of this accomplishment as it is a direct result of their hard work and dedication. Our ranking in the U.S. News survey is an important acknowledgement of the exceptional educational environment at VCSU, and we are pleased to be recognized for providing such a high-quality academic experience."

In the U.S. News rankings, institutions categorized as "Baccalaureate Colleges" focus on undergraduate education, and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education, but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. VCSU offers over 80 degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Communication Arts, Social Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Science, Health, and Physical Education. U.S. News surveyed 319 baccalaureate colleges nationwide, and VCSU was the only public university in North Dakota to rank in this category.

VCSU is a leader in the use of technology to enhance learning. In addition to students being issued laptop computers, the learning environment includes high-performance wireless network access throughout campus, high-speed Internet access, "smart" classrooms, and Enterprise software applications that give students access to educational resources anytime and anywhere. With a student-faculty ratio of about 12:1, VCSU offers students personalized attention by highly qualified faculty.

The U.S. News ranking system is based on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality and their nonpartisan view of what matters in education. These measures fall into seven broad categories; VCSU appears to have strengths in average graduation rate (47%), % of classes under 20 students (76%), student/faculty ratio (12/1), % of faculty who are full-time (85%), and alumni giving rate (20%).

Valley City State University (VCSU) 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.