September 27, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
Classes at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton are at their fullest since the 1980s, according to the latest enrollment numbers for the 2013 fall semester.
According to a press release issued from the college, the fall semester has a total enrollment of 3,168 students, the highest recorded number since 1983 when NDSCS had 3,171 students.
“We are excited,” said NDSCS President John Richman, “It’s evidence that our enrollment management plan and mission to educate and train the workforce is working.”
Richman added that part of the success of increasing enrollment is the college has become more accessible.
“We have a more diverse delivery model,” Richman said. “We have the distance delivery, online capabilities, we have opportunities for high school students who can take our classes and we offer night courses. That way, you’re more accessible to more students,” he said.
Partnering with different companies has also been a beneficial factor for the college’s enrollment statistics. Richman said that “some of the partnerships actually recruit potential students. Those types of partnerships they advocate for current technical programs and are advocating students to go into certain programs. Businesses are supporting and sponsoring students to take those courses, and that helps.”
A separate location has also assisted in broadening accessibility for students to enroll at NDSCS. The Fargo campus, according to the release, has a total of 687 students taking at least one class.
“We’ve been up there for 16 years,” Richman said. “We really started as non-credit customized training, but we’ve advanced our academic programs and have added credit curriculum. As we’ve added new programs, it calls back to that accessibility to be a more diverse student body.”
The Fargo campus continues to grow its student population.
“We see our Fargo campus in projections continue to grow, it could very well grow at an even faster rate than the first 16 years,” Richman added.
The high enrollment can also be credited to the success that NDSCS has had, with multiple achievements to show potential students. “It speaks to our results and what we have accomplished. We have a 99 percent placement rating, meaning we have students who are taking a job or transferring to another university,” Richman said.
“It represents the quality of the faculty and staff we have at the campus,” he said.
The 2013 numbers show that there are 1,712 full-time and 1,456 part-time students. Of this number, 2,146 students are freshmen and 1,022 are sophomores. The majority of students come from North Dakota with 2,269 from within the state. Students are registered from 52 of the state’s 53 counties.
Last year the college had an enrollment of 3,066 students, according to North Dakota University System.
September 25, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the North Dakota Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Initiative (NDAMSTI), led by the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), has been awarded a $2.7 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The TAACCCT program supports partnerships between training providers, such as two-year colleges, and local employers to promote skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. In June, Hoeven and Heitkamp sent letters to the Department in support of NDSCS’ application.
NDAMSTI will have courses in manufacturing delivered in formats that allow for greater flexibility by developing online modules that allow students to complete course theory anytime, anywhere thus reducing the amount of time committed to on-campus instruction. By working with employers to upgrade employee skills, individuals can work towards a degree and remain employed full time. NDSCS will deliver focused, hands-on instruction in short courses with the skills learning reinforced through practical application on-the-job.
“Partnerships between higher education and industry, like those forged by NDSCS, help ensure that our state’s students get the results they need from their education, while providing the skilled workers our businesses need to grow and provide the best products and services,” the delegation said in a joint statement. “We congratulate NDSCS on their successful application and we look forward to their continued and expanded efforts to provide valuable training and skills for North Dakotans.”
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Hoeven has worked to provide funds for STEM education programs that help place America’s graduates in good, high-wage jobs, supporting economic growth and helping America compete in the modern, global economy.
Heitkamp is an ardent supporter of STEM education programs because she has seen firsthand how successful they are at providing high-skilled workers for North Dakota’s economy. She also supports trade adjustment programs to help North Dakota workers retrain for jobs that are in demand in the state.
Cramer has taken action to strengthen STEM education, voting for the Student Success Act and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. The SKILLS Act offers postsecondary training dollars better aligned with workforce demand. He serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, which holds regular hearings to further STEM priorities.
September 24, 2013 | Admin
North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) today announced that fall enrollment for the College has hit a three-decade high. There are currently 3,168 students enrolled at NDSCS this fall, a number that has not been achieved since fall 1983 when there were 3,171 enrolled students.
Several factors have contributed to the enrollment spike, according to NDSCS President John Richman, including the NDSCS-Fargo location, which is gaining popularity.
“We are increasing educational opportunities for a greater number of students by expanding accessibility,” said Richman. “A more diversified group of students are being served through expanded day and evening programming in Fargo, our online options as well as a high level of interest in the technical programs offered on the Wahpeton campus.”
The 2013 student body includes 1,712 full-time students and 1,456 part-time students. There are 687 students taking at least one class at NDSCS-Fargo. Freshman students total 2,146 and sophomore students total 1,022. There are 1,474 women enrolled at the college and 1,694 men. A total of 969 students are living on the Wahpeton campus, down just three students from fall 2012 when there were 972 students living on campus.
The enrollment data shows NDSCS continues to do an excellent job of attracting students from around the state of North Dakota: students are registered from 52 of the state’s 53 counties. The total number of students from North Dakota, 2,269, comprises more than 71 percent of the student body.
Student representation from neighboring states includes: Minnesota, 22 percent; South Dakota 3 percent; and Montana, 1 percent. There are seven students from foreign countries.
September 23, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
Multiple speakers stood in the shadow of different pieces of equipment that will be worked on by students at the North Dakota State College of Science Diesel Technology Program during a opening ceremony to Bisek Hall in Wahpeton Friday.
The ceremony, led by NDSCS President John Richman, opened the event by commemorating the opening of the new addition to Bisek Hall. It brings the total space dedicated to the diesel technology training program to nearly 125,000 square feet. The addition itself was 65,000 square feet.
“The diesel program has been training students for over 60 years, for North Dakota and this region,” Richman said. “In order to meet the high demand and workforce needs in the diesel industry, and to retain what I believe is the No. 1 diesel technology program in the world, in order to do so, this facility was a must.”
Richman added that “this expansion will increase our capability, and in other words, increase our enrollment. This building also increases our capabilities and our curriculum, this facility will move a world class program into the next century.”
Guest speaker, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, said he was honored to be at NDSCS and be included in the moment.
“The state of the art classrooms and labs, high tech systems, these are providing a skilled labor force to our state, which is more needed than it ever has in our history,” Dalrymple said. “It creates great opportunity for our people and a great economic result, it creates not just jobs, but great careers.”
In an interview after the ceremonies, Dalrymple described how the addition started to come to be.
“In the summer of 2010, there was a legislative tour of NDSCS, and President Richman and others began to bring up their vision of expansion of the diesel technology training program,” Dalrymple explained. “The legislators felt it was a very sound idea, especially in light of the explosion of the oil sector. They began to talk about it, and once I took the office of governor in fall of 2010, I included it in my executive budget recommendation.
“It came more from the legislators and the governor’s office,” Dalrymple said. “I feel good that people heard the message and responded to it. I’d like to think that’s how our government is suppose to work.”
During other speeches at the ceremony, legislators from North Dakota echoed Gov. Dalrymple’s comments on how the government worked to get the addition done.
“Things like this don’t just happen, it was a collaborative effort with the governor and the North Dakota Legislature,” said District 25 Rep. John Wall. “Government can be proactive, this building is proof.”
Kirsten Diederich, State Board of Higher Education chair, said that “when North Dakotans work together, we can do some fantastic things.”
September 23, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
Governor Jack Dalrymple joined administrators, faculty and staff at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton to celebrate the completion of the Bisek Hall expansion project. The expanded Bisek Hall will enable NDSCS to expand and enhance its Diesel Technology program.
“North Dakota State College of Science plays a critical role in preparing students for the growing number of skilled jobs created by North Dakota’s strong economy,” Dalrymple said. “This investment in Bisek Hall will enhance one of the nation’s leading diesel tech programs and help us meet our current and emerging workforce needs.”
In 2011, the Legislature appropriated $10.3 million for the Bisek Hall renovation and expansion project. The project included the construction of a 65,500-square-foot addition that will enable the college to expand its high-demand diesel technology program. Other facility enhancements include state-of-the-art classrooms and labs; improved building safety conditions and high-tech automotive monitoring and diagnostic systems.
The college’s two-year Diesel Technology program provides students with extensive training and practical experience in diagnosing and servicing all types of engines, drive trains, hydraulic systems and electrical systems found on diesel equipment used in the agriculture, construction, energy and transportation industries. NDSCS partners with major companies to train students on the most advanced equipment and the latest diagnostic procedures. Through industry partnerships, students also gain access to internships and opportunities for job placement.
Those joining Dalrymple to mark the project’s completion included NDSCS President John Richman, area legislators, Wahpeton Mayor Jim Sturdevant and representatives of the college’s industry partnerships.
September 23, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The North Dakota State College of Science is celebrating the completion of an expansion to Bisek Hall on campus.
The project will enable the Wahpeton school to expand and enhance its diesel technology program.
The state Legislature in 2011 approved $10.3 million for the 65,000-square-foot addition and for enhancements to the facility, including state-of-the-art labs and automotive diagnostic systems.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined administrators, faculty and staff on Friday to celebrate the completed project. He says the college plays a big role in preparing students for the growing number of jobs created by the state’s strong economy.
September 20, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
Expansion of Bisek Hall ranks the facility among the largest dedicated to diesel training
A world-class educational facility dedicated to the education of diesel technicians opened its doors today in Wahpeton, N.D. at the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS). Current students joined NDSCS leaders, corporate partners of the diesel technology program, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota lawmakers at today’s celebration of the expansion of Bisek Hall.
“Ultimately, this celebration is about the expanded capacity NDSCS will have to educate and train future diesel technicians for the state of North Dakota and the upper Midwest,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “This high-tech facility will also allow the College to further utilize technology to enhance our students’ hands-on learning experience on the latest state-of-the-art equipment.”
The 65,500 sq. foot expansion doubled the space devoted to training the high-demand technicians who diagnose, service, repair and rebuild diesel equipment. The size of the original building limited enrollment and the amount of high-tech integration possible. By expanding Bisek Hall, the latest technology is now incorporated into the labs and classrooms, and 2013 fall enrollment has increased by 20 percent. The facility now ranks among the largest devoted diesel training facilities in North America.
Speaking to the impact of the Bisek Hall expansion project were North Dakota Governor Jack Dalymple and several of the members of the North Dakota legislature who helped identify the need, then appropriated the funding necessary for the $10.3 million expansion.
The equipment representing NDSCS corporate partners in diesel technology served as a backdrop for the ceremony; partners include John Deere Agriculture, Caterpillar, Butler Machinery Company, North Dakota Case IH dealers, John Deere Construction & Forestry and RDO Equipment Co. Through these partners and their sponsorships and training initiatives, many of NDSCS’s diesel technology students begin their college education with their careers already defined.
The ceremony concluded with self-guided tours of the Bisek addition showcasing the technology and equipment incorporated into classrooms and labs as well as the instructional, hands-on and meeting space in the precast concrete addition.
September 19, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
North Dakota State College of Science will celebrate the grand opening of an addition to Bisek Hall on campus Friday in Wahpeton.
The event will start with a program at 10 a.m. that will include speeches from North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalyrmple and members of the North Dakota Senate and House of Representatives. NDSCS President John Richman will be the master of ceremonies at the event.
The new addition will enhance the diesel technology program and those in attendance will be able to experience the new facility first hand. Self-guided tours will be available for guests from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
A community open house will also take place with refreshments served. Parking for attendees will be located in Lot 7 on Seventh Street N., and Lot 4 on Fourth Street N., on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.
September 19, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
The North Dakota State College of Science has named 14 students to its summer semester 2013 President’s Honor List.
The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours. The honorees include:MINNESOTA
East Grand Forks: Jeff Nowacki, Caterpillar Dealer Service
Sabin: Paige Johnk, Liberal Arts
Dickinson: Michael Petersen, Caterpillar Dealer Service
Fargo: Molly Anderson, Nursing; Tyler Kippley, Caterpillar Dealer Service; Andrew Myogeto, Caterpillar Dealer Service; Stuart Pederson, Caterpillar Dealer Service
Grand Forks: Thomas Hendrickson, Caterpillar Dealer Service; Evan Miller, Caterpillar Dealer Service
Gwinner: Mitchel Pierce, Caterpillar Dealer Service
Mapleton: Adam Asleson, Caterpillar Dealer Service
Minot: Kody Holen, Caterpillar Dealer Service
Mooreton: Brandon Laddusaw, Liberal Arts
New Salem: Jory Violett, Caterpillar Dealer Service
September 17, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
A partnership was introduced Thursday morning at North Dakota State College of Science that school President John Richman calls a “great example of the public entity and private entity working together.”
The partnership works three ways, involving NDSCS, RDO Equipment and John Deere company. The new partnership will offer career opportunities to RDO equipment-sponsored students who have to use John Deere equipment by adding the John Deere Construction and Forestry Tech Initiative to the NDSCS Diesel Technology Program.
The classes will start in the fall semester of 2014 and students can currently apply through RDO equipment or company dealers.
“It’s designed to prepare NDSCS diesel technology students to diagnose, serve, repair and rebuild John Deere forestry equipment,” Richman said during a press conference. “The partnership is going to build on the successful John Deere agricultural service technician program we already have here.”
Richman explained that the partnership and expansion with RDO and John Deere will help meet a critical need in the workforce area.
“The benefit to our students is it provides more than just access to state-of-the-art technology, it is the beginning to what can be a very successful career,” he said.
Jeff Kraft, John Deere division manager, said the company has seen a strong commitment to quality and innovation at NDSCS, which aligns with the core values at John Deere.
“The partnership gives students real world exposure to the John Deere culture, experience working in our dealerships and can make an immediate impact on the workforce after graduation,” Kraft said.
Kraft added that John Deere is not only excited about working with NDSCS, but RDO as well.
“We’d like to thank RDO equipment for their commitment to a better future for the industry,” Kraft said. “Our goal is to work with NDSCS to bring high quality technicians to RDO’s doorstep.”
Jean Zimmerman, RDO Executive Vice President, was present at the press conference, said the partnership between RDO, NDSCS and John Deere is truly beneficial for all, especially so for the students.
“We want service technicians who are trained on cutting edge technology and the very best heavy equipment in the industry, which is provided through this partnership through John Deere,” Zimmerman said.
Terry Marohl, NDSCS diesel technology department chair, talked about how this allows students to be up-to-date with the industry around them.
“We do know that change in this industry is forever, it happens on a daily basis. What this partnership will do is, with the cooperation of John Deere and RDO, allow us to be able to keep up with the ever changing technology,” Marohl said.
The diesel technology program has more than 300 students and Marohl said the partnership is essential to what the department wants to accomplish.
“These partnerships are valuable to what we do, and that is, of course, to train the leading technicians of tomorrow,” Marohl said.
Planning for the partnership started with conversations about six to eight months ago, according to Marohl. He said the partnership has a “sizable amount” of money invested in the program.
September 13, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Cali Owings
Starting next fall, the North Dakota State College of Science will offer a specialty program to train students to service John Deere construction and forestry equipment, officials announced Thursday.
The program – a partnership between the school, RDO Equipment Inc. and John Deere’s construction and forestry division –aims to provide equipment-specific training for students in the college’s diesel technician program.
John Deere is providing training equipment for use in NDSCS classrooms as well as instructor training.
RDO Equipment Co. will recruit and sponsor diesel technology students and also provide part-time work during school at equipment dealerships and internships in the summer.
Representatives of the partnership said they could not pin a dollar amount on the ongoing investment in the initiative.
Private partnerships provide opportunities that public funds can’t, said NDSCS President John Richman.
“You can’t expect state funding to support the kind of dollars it takes to have this kind of technology … and to keep that technology new and up-to-date to train our students,” Richman said.
NDSCS is one of eight schools in the nation offering this specialized John Deere construction and forestry equipment training program.
It’s similar to the other specialized programs in the diesel technology department sponsored by Case IH and Caterpillar.
Graduates of the two-year program will leave with an associate in applied science degree and opportunities to work servicing the John Deere equipment at RDO dealerships.
The partnership is the latest investment in diesel technology education at NDSCS.
This fall, the school opened the doors of its newly expanded Bisek Hall, which houses the diesel technology program. The $10.5 million 65,000-square-foot expansion provides classroom and lab space, including four new shops.
The added space allowed the school to increase enrollment in the program by 20 percent, said Terry Marohl, the department’s chairman. He said there are about 300 students in the diesel technology program this fall and classes are full. He said there’s still growing demand for diesel technicians.
“[The initiative] fills a critical need in this industry, especially in our region, by generating quality technicians,” said Jeff Kraft, division manager for John Deere.
Students said they were excited about the partnership because they would have access to the latest technology in the field.
“The industry is ever-changing,” said Tom Haberman, a first-year diesel technology student from Barney. “There are always going to be advancements and other opportunities.”
John Brielmaier, another first-year student, from Mankato, Minn., said he was excited about the John Deere technology demonstrated at the school Thursday. Technicians demonstrated how they could diagnose equipment problems remotely using wireless technology.
Brielmaier and Haberman and other first-year diesel-technology students can apply to the program and be among the first to receive the training when it begins next fall.
September 13, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
In partnership with RDO Equipment Co., John Deere is expanding its C&F Tech initiative to include North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. The John Deere dealer technician job training program is a two-year associate’s degree that enables students to troubleshoot, service, repair, and rebuild diesel equipment used by customers nationwide.
“The world’s growing population calls for an even greater need of infrastructure equipment and those who can keep them running,” said Jeff Kraft, division manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “This new college will provide the knowledge and skills needed for a successful and rewarding career at a John Deere dealership and help resolve technician shortages.”
The C&F Tech program is a partnership between John Deere, its dealers, and select community colleges across the country. Students are sponsored by Deere dealers to attend a participating college. These students are able to apply knowledge developed through dealership work experience, along with the college curriculum, and graduate with a two-year AAS degree in Diesel Technology or equivalent.
“Qualified technicians are integral in keeping our customers’ equipment up and running,” said Jean Zimmerman, executive vice president organizational development, RDO Equipment Co. “We invest in technicians because they are the best in the industry and we’re excited to work closely with NDSCS to provide successful graduates the opportunity to work at a John Deere dealership.”
The C&F Tech Initiative expands the John Deere commitment at NDSCS, building on the success of the existing John Deere Ag & Turf Technician program.
“The expansion of our private-public partnership with John Deere and RDO fills a critical need, especially in this region,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “And the benefit to our students is more than the access to the most up-to-date technology and equipment. Ultimately, this partnership launches very successful careers with RDO for our students.”
September 12, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
Partnership aligns needs of RDO Equipment Co. dealerships for qualified John Deere technicians with opportunities for NDSCS students
Representatives from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., John Deere and RDO Equipment Co. announced the addition of the John Deere Construction and Forestry Tech initiative to the NDSCS Diesel Technology program following a demonstration of the technology and support systems involved in trouble-shooting John Deere heavy construction equipment. This partnership will offer career opportunities RDO Equipment Co. sponsored NDSCS students who have been trained to diagnose, service, repair and rebuild the John Deere construction and forestry diesel equipment used by customers nationwide.
NDSCS will be one of eight colleges across the nation offering the John Deere C&F Tech specialized training, which is a partnership between John Deere, its dealers and select community colleges. RDO Equipment Co. dealerships nationwide will recruit and sponsor students to enroll at NDSCS. Students will receive specialized training on the NDSCS campus as well as apply their knowledge at the sponsoring RDO Equipment Co. dealership, ultimately graduating with a two-year AAS degree in Diesel Technology plus extensive experience servicing John Deere equipment.
“The world’s growing population calls for an even greater need of infrastructure equipment and those who can keep them running,” said Jeff Kraft, John Deere Construction & Forestry Division Manager. “The commitment made by RDO Equipment Co. and North Dakota State College of Science will help resolve technician shortages, while providing quality instructors, curriculum and skills needed for a successful and rewarding career at a John Deere dealership.”
RDO Equipment Co. is actively seeking students for 2014 enrollment in the John Deere C&F Tech initiative. Information is available online through the company’s Access Your Future Program page and on the NDSCS website.
“Qualified technicians are integral in keeping our customers’ equipment up and running,” said Jean Zimmerman, Executive Vice President, RDO Equipment Co. “We invest in our technicians because they are the best in the industry and we’re excited to work closely with NDSCS to provide successful graduates the opportunity to work at our company.”
This additional initiative expands the John Deere training commitment at NCSCS, building off the success of the John Deere Tech program.
“The expansion of our private-public partnership with John Deere and RDO Equipment Co. fills a critical need, especially in this region,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “And the benefit to our students is more than the access to the most up-to-date technology and equipment. Ultimately, this partnership will launch very successful careers with RDO Equipment Co. for our students.”
About RDO Equipment Co.
Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. is a family owned and operated company that provides and supports innovative solutions for John Deere agriculture, construction, lawn and garden; Vermeer; and Topcon customers. The organization, with headquarters in Fargo, N.D., employs more than 1,900 team members. The company has more than 60 sales and service locations in nine U.S. states and partnerships in Russia, Ukraine, and Australia. Learn more about RDO Equipment Co. at www.rdoequipment.com.
About Deere & Company
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at www.JohnDeere.com.
September 04, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By: Kevin Wallevand
The school year at NDSCS in Wahpeton has kicked off in a high-profile way.
The prestigious Washington Monthly Magazine has ranked the college in Wahpeton number three in the nation among community colleges.
Keeping pace with the science and technology advances has NDSCS attracting students and head hunters in the corporate world who want them.
The welcome signs on campus this fall say it all: This is High Tech Heaven. NDSCS in Wahpeton has, for the past few years, exploded with students who want to get in and get out. Come here and learn a high-tech trade and leave here in two years for the workplace. The ranking by Washington Monthly, NDSCS number 3 in the country, has President John Richman beaming.
John Richman- NDSCS President: “That placement rate at 99 percent; it gives a testimony that what we do is working and it is working well.”
Students Austin Tysver and Alan Martin of Dickinson admit they are motor heads: Love cars. And so they headed east and plan to return home out west when school is done and they start getting paychecks for doing what they love.
Austin Tysver- NDSCS Student: “The kids they turn out of here, just really impresses me and their work impresses me.”
One of the pluses of NDSCS has been teaming up with corporate America and high tech giants. In fact, days from now, NDSCS will announce another partnership.
Alan Martin- NDSCS Student: “Job placement is really good and smaller classes one on one, and you learn more from your teacher and they are so friendly.”
The demand for other graduates is just as strong: Health care, construction; one more feather in the cap for one of America’s oldest two-year schools, right in our own backyard.
Meantime, Bisek Hall on the NDSCS campus is set to become North America’s largest Diesel Tech Educational Facility.
September 03, 2013 | Sarah Hoffbeck
By Matthew Liedke
Washington Monthly Magazine has released a new list that ranks the top 50 community colleges, and North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton reached No. 3.
“It’s pleasant to see this here, seeing a third party assessing and comparing the college to others and seeing how high we are on the list,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “It reassures us that what we are doing is working.”
The list is based on research done through the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. This marks the second time NDSCS was recognized by a third party, in 2012, the college was ranked in the top percentile by the Aspen Institute. According to the listing, the criteria covered in the survey included the levels of active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student faculty interaction, support for learning, first-year retention rate, three-year graduation/transfer rate and credentials that were awarded per 100 full time equivalent students.
The results, Richman said, could be used for future reference for high school personnel, students and parents for additional information.
“I wouldn’t say it’s right to choose a college over this ranking, but in lieu of having the right academic programs and campus culture that fits you as an individual, if those things are in line, and then you see that ranking, then it can reassure those perspective students and decision makers,” Richman explained.
Being ranked at No. 3 in the report can also help show that the institution is a productive one to current and potential partners. It can be an assurance to them, they want to know that they are investing in a good quality college, this report is evidence that NDSCS is good at what they do, Richman said.
“I think the tax payers and the legislature can feel guaranteed that the money that is being put into the institution, which is significant, is a good investment,” Richman added. “It’s evidence that they are getting a good return on it.”
The driving force behind the high ranking, according to Richman, is the staff at NDSCS.
“We have a dedicated, highly skilled faculty and staff that really come to work each and every day with a smile on their face with the intent to helping people better themselves,” he said.
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