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Faculty and staff contribution rate increases to 96 percent

Oct. 31, 2012 11:30 AM | Updated: Oct. 31st, 2012 11:30 AM
After a challenge by President Steve Shirley, the participation rate for faculty and staff giving to the VCSU Foundation increased from 63 percent in 2011-12 to 96 percent in 2012-13, the highest giving rate on record. The increase netted an immediate gain of $8,000 in scholarship contributions plus pledges that will sustain an increase in contributions for coming years.

The challenge began on August 14, 2012 during Dr. Shirley's Welcome Week Address when he set the goal of reaching 100 percent participation by Friday, September 29 (the Friday of Homecoming week). According to Dr. Shirley, "Although we fell slightly short of reaching that goal, our faculty and staff can be very proud of this accomplishment. The ability of VCSU to offer private scholarship dollars to students is one of the most significant efforts we can make in continuing to attract the absolute best students to VCSU and our community. A participation rate of 96% is direct evidence of the tremendous commitment our faculty and staff has in attracting these students and giving them the finest educational experience possible."

During the challenge, faculty and staff were encouraged to make contributions or pledges to any fund of the VCSU Foundation including V-500 academic scholarships, Century Club athletic scholarships, named endowed scholarships, or any of several 'Friends of VCSU' funds.

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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