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Cheryl Wachenheim receives Excellence in Innovation and Adaptive Education Award from Tri-College University

There is no doubt that 2020 has presented challenges without precedent.  Academic challenges, nimbleness and creativity

Cheryl Wachenheim
have been at the forefront in higher education. The campus faculty and the students were dramatically affected by limited physical access to the campuses due to COVID-19. Faculty had to quickly and expertly switch from students in the seats and side by side in labs to a distance instructional model.  This dramatic shift to essentially migrate to 100% online platforms in a period of generally only two weeks ignited the spirit of creativity and collaboration by dedicated faculty.

To honor and hold up faculty members who successfully transitioned from traditional in class instruction to alternative distance delivery options, Tri-College University has awarded Tri-College University Excellence in Innovation and Adaptive Education Awards. 

Dr. Cheryl Wachenheim Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics from NDSU was selected for the award for her excellence, innovation, creativity and successful use of advanced technology in producing high quality education under the challenge of limited time allowed for successful transition to a fully distance delivery classroom as a result of the global pandemic.

Her letter of nomination cited that “Dr. Wachenheim epitomizes excellence in transitioning to distance delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. She moved with lightening speed using creative and innovative methods as she transitioned her spring classes to remote learning. She then leveraged her growing knowledge of the student experience and technologies available for remote learning to help her colleagues succeed. She clearly highlights excellence and fuels how we will deliver excellent instruction in the future.”

“Education faculty were challenged with developing new delivery systems over a very short period to ensure quality instruction prevailed over the challenges presented by COVID-19 limitations. Educators performed this task with amazing results and ensured that students stayed on track to achieve their academic goals” said Tri-College Provost Tim Flakoll.

These commendation awards will help highlight excellence, inspire creativity and fuel how we will deliver excellent instruction in the future.

Tri-College University partnered with Xcel Energy to provide five (5) awards – one at each of the partner campuses of Concordia College, MSUM, NDSU, M State and NDSCS. Award recipients received a plaque and cash award.

Tri-College University is a partnership who this year celebrates their 50th anniversary. Their partner campuses represent approximately 35,000 full and part time students.

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