"Graduates of VCSU programs, whether from Education, Business, Computer Information Systems, Science, Liberal Arts, or Music all enjoy an educational background rich in technology skills that makes them stand out in the workplace. The laptop initiative, and the resulting 24/7 submersion in computer technologies, has changed the ways faculty teach and the ways students learn at VCSU. Our faculty makes use of a number of applications, simulation tools, tutoring software, and other instructional technologies as a matter of course—and our students graduate with skills that make them natural technology leaders in the workplace."
-Dr. Margaret Dahlberg, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Ranked a U.S. News "Best College" for 19 consecutive years and No.1 or No. 2 among Public Regional Colleges in the Midwest for the past 5 years, VCSU offers 80 programs of study, Master's and Bachelor's Degrees with custom-tailored courses, industry based curricula and internships. VCSU enhances the learning experience by providing students with access to their own laptop; second college in the nation to do so; advanced multimedia technology, high-speed wireless networking, and classrooms equipped with the latest educational technology. A student-faculty ratio of about 12:1 gives students one-to-one access to faculty in ways that are impossible at other universities. VCSU develops highly qualified graduates and leaders with critical skills for the 21st century workforce. Student enrollment is growing and currently near 1,485 students with about 200 students in the Computer Systems and Software Engineering and Business Departments.
- In fall 2013 VCSU began offering Bachelor's in Software Engineering, the first and only such undergraduate degree in North Dakota.
- In 2013 VCSU's Masters of Education program was ranked by US News as the 22nd Best Online Graduate Education Program among 143 colleges and universities in the United States (and the only North Dakota university to be ranked in this category).The two largest enrollment concentrations for this degree are Technology Education and Teaching and Technology.
- Great Plains STEM Education Center launched in 2010 through federal grant funding, established relationships with such partners as the Museum of Science Boston, the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES; in Cleveland), the International Technology and Engineering and Educators Association (ITEEA), and Lego Education. The Center implements STEM Education, and in 2011 played a leading role in launching the North Dakota STEM Network. The Network is a collaborative of K-12, Higher Ed, various State Agencies, and the Private/Corporate Sector. More information visit: http://gpstem.vcsu.edu/vp.htm?p=2406/
- The new $10.3 Million expanded/renovated Rhoades Science Center is a premier facility in North Dakota for undergraduate science education. It is home to the Great Plains STEM Education Center, and accommodates the academic programs in high demand areas.
- Construction on the new VCSU heat plant continues on a site east of Rhoades Science Center. Funded by an appropriation received from the North Dakota Legislature in its 2015 session, the $13.9 million steam plant facility will replace an outdated facility constructed in 1910 and will be fully operational for the 2017–18 heating season. VCSU, in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota, is pursuing an innovative carbon plant addition to the heat plant. The carbon plant would burn North Dakota lignite coal and biomass in a clean process to produce fuel for the heat plant, while at the same time producing valuable activated carbon byproducts. Additional information on the carbon plant integration into the heat plant can be found at www.vcsu.edu/cmsfiles/48/c274c5c415.pdf.
- The Department of Kinesiology and Human Performance is a multi-disciplinary program in which experiential and hands-on learning experiences are central to the core of all programs. Students are taught how to integrate theory into practices by applying learned concepts in various contexts. The department has four distinct programs of study: Athletic training, Exercise Science and Sport Management (ESSM), Health Education and Physical Education. More information, go to: http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/departments/kinesiology-human-performance/#text
- VCSU has an agreement with the Dakota College at Bottineau through the Dakota Nursing Program that allows students to earn their Practical Nurse (PN), Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Registered Nurse (RN) titles right here in Valley City. VCSU’s pre-nursing curriculum provides the coursework for students to meet general education requirements, they receive classroom instruction in nursing via Interactive Video Network (IVN) from Dakota College at Bottineau. Clinical practice opportunities for students are available through healthcare providers in Valley City including the Sheyenne Care Center and CHI Mercy Health. The nursing program has generated 72 PN and 51 RN’s since its inception in 2009. Each class at its current capacity can enroll 16 students in PN and 16 students in the RN (AND) programs.
- Eight VCSU graduates since 2010 have been awarded EPSCOR Graduate Student Research Assistantships for Graduate School; this is more recipients than the rest of the regional colleges in North Dakota combined.
- The Prairie Waters Education & Research Center is the first-of-its-kind facility in North Dakota. The Center was established in 2010 and has been funded through grants from the ND Department of Health (funds distributed from the EPA Clean Water Act). Located in the former Kathryn School in Kathryn, ND, and provides environmental education opportunities and research for teachers, students, and professionals. The website is: http://www.vcsu.edu/prairiewaters/
- A $3.5 million renovation project to Vangstad Auditorium and the classroom building was completed in the spring of 2016.