VCSU online programs recognized in U.S. News rankings

U.S. News and World Report has recognized the online graduate education and bachelor’s degree programs at Valley City State University in its 2018 Best Online Programs rankings.The online graduate programs at VCSU are ranked 62nd among the listed programs from 309 universities nationwide. The rankings are based on measures of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, and a survey of peers at other institutions.“We’re proud to see the recognition given by U.S. News and World Report to our online graduate programs,” said Sheri Okland, associate professor and dean of the School of Education and Graduate Studies. “We know that our M.Ed. and M.A.T. programs are serving our students well, and to have our programs recognized among the best in the country is gratifying. It speaks to the good work being done by our students, faculty and staff.”VCSU offers two graduate programs—the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Both programs are taught entirely online to allow working professionals to earn graduate degrees at their convenience. The M.A.T. program is geared for those with non-teaching bachelor’s degrees who want to add teaching credentials to their portfolios, while the M.Ed. program is designed for practicing teachers with undergraduate education degrees who wish to augment their teaching credentials. The M.Ed. program offers six concentrations: elementary education, English education, library and information technologies, teaching English language learners, teaching and technology, and technology education.In the online bachelor’s rankings, VCSU programs ranked 138th among programs from 357 colleges and universities. Here the rankings formula relied on measures of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and a peer survey.Online bachelor’s degree programs at VCSU include business education, business process integration management, career and technical education, communication, English education, history education, music, and technology education.U.S. News previously named VCSU the No. 1 Public Regional College in the Midwest for the third consecutive year.