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Centers for Excellence

Minot State University’s Centers for Excellence stem from a 1999 Roundtable on Higher Education directive to establish engines for economic development on North Dakota university campuses.  The Board of Higher Education asked campuses to select areas of distinction and make them appealing to state and federal funding agencies.  The criteria for centers include:

While Minot State University was founded upon its teaching mission and has proudly continued this heritage for the last 90 years, MSU also has a responsibility for research and service.  Centers of Excellence expand the capacity of the university for research and service.  In the context of higher education, centers are “a place at which an activity or complex of activities is carried on; a place from which ideas, influences emanate; and a place to which many people are attracted” (Webster’s New World Dictionary, 1991).

Minot State University currently has three existing Centers of Excellence with a fourth center in development.  The grandfather of these centers is the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD).  With its history and success in research and service in assisting individuals with disabilities, NDCPD has become the model for economic development serving community niches.  The Center for Extended Learning (CEL) rounds out the existing Centers for Excellence. CEL provides diverse continuing education opportunities for students, businesses, community youth, faculty, public school teachers, Minot Air Force personnel and their families, and others.

The third Center of Excellence, the Applied Business Center, is being created by the College of Business.  This Center will be a multifaceted center that will provide assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals seeking to expand their businesses.

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
NDCPD provides service and research that directly affects individuals with disabilities. This center is an excellent example of a place where a complex array of activities occurs. Recent efforts include services directed toward infants, families, Native Americans, teens, teachers, and many others. Over 25,000 individuals, organizations, and agencies were served last year.

"We've capitalized on Internet technology and telecommunication advances to develop accommodations for people with disabilities to keep them in school, to help them have employment opportunities, to add to their quality of life." ~Bryce Fifield, PhD, executive director.

Highlights of research and service:

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Center for Extended Learning
CEL is all about service! In 2003, CEL served over 580 individuals, organizations, and agencies through noncredit activities.  Priding itself on serving the needs of people leading fast-paced and complex lives, CEL utilizes a variety of high-tech delivery systems to offer an ever-expanding list of courses.

Highlights of services:

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