NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

About DCE

Vision and Values


Our vision is to be the premier non-traditional educational outreach unit at North Dakota State University.



These excellence-grounded principles guide our work and define our mission.


Integrity, accountability, and trust

We commit to openness and honesty, fairness, responsibility, and the highest professional standards.  We believe that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student and organizational success. We maintain the highest professional standards, and we expect the status, recognition, and respect due all professionals.

Customer focused

We continually strive to meet the needs of our customers and constituents through dependable, reliable, and quality service.

Equal opportunity and access

We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity.  All people have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence, and character.

Partnerships and relationships

We believe our partnerships and relationships with students, faculty, businesses and communities, and other stakeholders are essential to quality public education and student and organizational success.

Creativity and innovation

We believe in the spirit of exploration and discovery, and realize the value of individual and collective expression.


We realize the human and societal benefits of lifelong learning and continually renew our programmatic endeavors and services to foster ongoing educational engagement.