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Spring Semester Enrollment Largest in 20 Years

Feb. 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Updated: Feb. 18th, 2010 1:16 PM
VCSU reported final Headcount for the 2010 Spring semester increased 7.8% over last year's figure to 1,034, marking the largest Spring semester enrollment since 1990. This follows VCSU's announcement the beginning of Fall 2009 semester of a Headcount increase of 6.3%, which was the largest Headcount for Fall semester in nine years.

According to Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, the increase was the result of several strategic initiatives targeting enrollment growth that are paying-off. "Our online Master of Education program this semester has a headcount of 132, nearly a 17% increase over last Spring semester. Recent additions to our offerings in this area include a new concentration in English Language Learners plus coursework in English and Elementary Education that meets state standards for professional certification. These additions have substantially increased the number of teachers we can serve with the program, and we look forward to continued growth."

"We have also been working hard to attract and retain undergraduate students," continued Shirley. "Additions to our undergraduate academic programs include partnering with Dakota College at Bottineau through the Dakota Nursing Program to allow students to earn their Practical Nurse (PN) degree or an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), and prepare for the Registered Nurse (RN) exam, right here in Valley City. We have a variety of new marketing programs, strategic enrollment management activities, and faculty initiatives, all focused on recruiting and retaining students. For athletic programs, we added Men's and Women's Golf as varsity sports last Fall semester, and in the 2010-2011 academic year we are bringing back Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field. These efforts are already having a notable effect on enrollment."

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.
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