Articulation helps DCB grads earn CIS bachelor's from VCSU

Mar 13th, 2012 @ 10:23 am | Author:
Valley City State University and Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) recently completed an articulation agreement that allows students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology from DCB to earn a Bachelor's degree with a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from VCSU.

Dr. Steve Shirley, president of VCSU, said, "DCB students have a solid foundation in general education and introductory CIS courses. This agreement provides these students with a direct path to a Bachelor's degree in CIS from VCSU."

DCB awards Associate in Science degrees in Computer Information Systems which involve several introductory courses in CIS as well as several general education courses. The agreement identifies a set of DCB's general education and CIS courses that will directly transfer to VCSU and apply towards a bachelor's degree in CIS from VCSU. This allows DCB students to plan their A.S. degree program with confidence that their coursework will apply towards a bachelor's degree and allow them to transfer to VCSU with Junior year standing.

The agreement also identifies the VCSU courses that these students need to complete in their Junior and Senior years in order to earn their bachelor's degree in CIS from VCSU. Students may elect to complete their Junior year without leaving Bottineau but are required to attend courses on the VCSU campus for the final two semesters of study.

VCSU's CIS majors graduate with a combination of business and information technology skills specifically designed to meet the needs of today's information-driven businesses. The curriculum meets standards defined by IS 2010 and emphasizes hands-on experience with technologies from leading vendors including SAP, Oracle, Adobe and Microsoft.

The CIS articulation joins other collaborative arrangements between the two campuses including opportunities for students to earn DCB Associate degrees or nursing titles (Practical Nurse or Associate Degree in Nursing) by taking classes at the VCSU campus.

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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