Northland and the University of Minnesota Crookston Establish Dual Admission Program


Northland and the University of Minnesota Crookston Establish Dual Admission Program

Instituting a cooperative relationship between the two institutions under NorthernConnect Banner

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 Northland’s Thief River Falls campus. The agreement establishes a cooperative academic relationship under Northland’s 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s degree from day one by taking advantage of the opportunities that both campuses have to offer.”

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About Northland Community and Technical College

Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN and East Grand Forks, MN. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year AAS degrees in more than 60 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

About the University of Minnesota Crookston

The University of Minnesota Crookston currently delivers 35 bachelor’s degree programs, 23 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.