North Dakota Center for Distance Education Course Catalog 2011-12 : Page 3

Mission Vision The ND Center for Distance Education believes that intelligent use of educational technology can transform the effectiveness of student learning, teacher methods, and administrator decision-making. Mission The ND CDE's mission is to ensure that all North Dakota middle and high school students regardless of location have access to educational opportunities that meet or exceed expectations for  the quality of curriculum,  ongoing contact time with highly qualified teachers,  the selection and use of suitable educational technology,  monitoring course delivery efficiency and effectiveness, and  student learning. Values 1. Student learning – CDE strives at all times to understand current and future student learning needs and respond to them. 2. Leadership – CDE believes that teaching provides a key component to all types and methods of leadership. 3. Involvement of people – CDE believes that the full involvement of all people enables their individual and collective abilities to be used for the organization's benefit. 4. Processes – CDE applies the process-based approach because a desired result can be achieved efficiently and effectively using the process approach. 5. Connections – CDE is convinced the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency is achieved by identifying, understanding, and managing the connections between processes. 6. Continual improvement – Every member of CDE is responsible for continually improving CDE's products, services, processes, and system. 7. Factual approach to decision-making – CDE knows that effective decisions are based on analysis of data and information, not conjecture. 8. Mutually beneficial supplier relationships – CDE firmly believes it and its suppliers are interdependent; a mutually beneficial relationship enhances the ability of both to add value. Purpose of ND CDE’s Courses ND CDE exists to help students learn and to ensure that the quality of each student’s learning experience meets or exceeds all standards and expectations. ND CDE does not work alone. It relies on teachers, schools, curriculum providers, software providers, parents, government offi-cials, and citizens to partner with ND CDE for the benefit of students. ND CDE, in partnership with all members of the education community, seeks to add value to each student. The value(s) sought is made plain to each student. Each value is measured via student performance. The result is a student who realizes what has been learned, knows how to apply what has been learned, and recognizes the value of what has been learned. For the most up-to-date information, visit our website at: 3 Enrollment Information

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