NExT stands for the Network for Excellence in Teaching and is a Bush Foundation sponsored initiative.

In 2009, Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Valley City State University (VCSU) were awarded a $6 million grant to collaborate for the purpose of improving our teacher education programs. The grant focuses on five pillars:


  • Recruit the best and brightest candidates to teacher education
  • Prepare effective teachers
  • Place graduates in supportive environments
  • Support graduates in their first three years in the profession
  • Measure effectiveness of the initiative