NExT stands for the Network for Excellence in Teaching and is a Bush Foundation sponsored initiative.
In 2009, Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Valley City State University (VCSU) were awarded a $6 million grant to collaborate for the purpose of improving our teacher education programs. The grant focuses on five pillars:
Students are a guaranteed graduate meaning that their graduating institution stands behind their preparation.
If graduates are not able to be effective in their first years of teaching, VCSU will support them. Graduates are entitled to free professional development if they or their school supervisor determines that they are not performing effectively as a teacher.