VCSU Receives Approval of New Programs

Dec 1st, 2003 @ 11:47 am | Author: Presidents Office
Valley City State University received approval of the following programs at the November 20, 2003 State Board of Higher Education meeting for the 2004 academic year.

Teaching English Language Learners (Minor)
VCSU currently offers its Elementary and Secondary education majors the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement, a 16 hour program approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board. The Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) minor builds on the core requirements of this endorsement to offer education students a viable minor that will both increase their opportunities for employment and improve the quality of K-12 education for second language learners and limited English proficient (LEP) students in North Dakota.

The Teaching English Language Learners Minor uses a combination of IVN and web-based instructional methods. BlackBoard allows the opportunity for lectures, discussion, and the submission of projects by students both on and off campus. The addition of IVN class meeting times allows for face-to-face interaction between faculty and students.

Bachelor of Science and Arts in Health Sciences
This program is designed to prepare students for advanced studies at professional schools (medical, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy) or graduate schools. These students need a significant number of biology and chemistry classes that are not covered by the chemistry or biology major alone.

The program gives VCSU a much higher degree of visibility for having a preparatory program for professional school and graduate school. It will be easier for enrollment services to sell the program to prospective students. Currently around 60% of the current biology students are pre-professional students. By making this a formal program we hope to increase enrollment.

Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music Management and a minor in Music Business
This new degree offers a broad new degree and career path to musicians and business students with a interest in the entertainment industry. This is the only degree of its kind in North Dakota.