May 16, 2018
Pictured left to right: Curtis Zoller, Associate Dean, Agriculture, Northland; Dennis Bona, President, Northland; Carey Castle, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, Northland; ADawn Nelson, Agriculture Instructor, Northland; Lyle Westrom, Ag-Ed, AnSc Professor, U of M Crookston; Barbara Keinath, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, U of M Crookston; and Mary Holz-Clause, Chancellor, U of M Crookston.
MAY 16, 2018 Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) and the University of Minnesota Crookston announced a new comprehensive Dual Admissions agreement between the two institutions on Tuesday afternoon, May 15, 2018, at Northlands Thief River Falls campus. The agreement establishes a cooperative academic relationship under Northlands NorthernConnect Dual Admission Program. Northland President Dennis Bona and U of M Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause signed the new memorandum of agreement that will provide access and opportunity for students from both institutions.
The agreement offers academically qualified Northland students dual admission to U of M Crookston with the goal of working toward a bachelors degree through U of M Crookston while enrolled at Northland in previously approved academic programs, and a reverse transfer program that permits U of M Crookston students to transfer credits back to Northland and apply them towards an AA, AS, or AAS degree. Additionally, faculty from both institutions will be provided opportunities to collaborate in sharing, jointly developing and aligning curriculum to advance the quality and efficiency of the program.
NorthernConnect allows Northland students to be admitted at U of M Crookston through identified dual admission programs. Programs offered as dual admission options will be pre-approved by program faculty and possess specific credit hour and course requirements.
Selected programs in agriculture at Northland and U of M Crookston, specifically involving Agricultural Education and Animal Science, will be the first to utilize the NorthernConnect Dual Admission Program. U of M Crookston Chancellor Holz-Clause said, Initially the dual admission partnership will focus on agriculture. Working together we hope to attract students to the field of agriculture, where employment opportunities are excellent and qualified individuals are in high demand.
This is the second NorthernConnect agreement implemented by Northland. In 2016 Northland and Bemidji State University executed a similar agreement. Northland President Dr. Bona said, The dual admission program takes all of the guesswork out of transferring and allows a student to simply begin work on their bachelors degree from day one by taking advantage of the opportunities that both campuses have to offer.
For more information on the NorthernConnect Dual Admission Programs, visit www.northlandcollege.edu/northernconnect.