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U of M, Crookston Agriculture Department Adds Two New Partners in Education
December 9, 2008

Contact: Ron DelVeccho, head, Agriculture Department, 218-281-8109 (delve004@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (December 9, 2008) – Known as an innovative educational partner, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has implemented two new academic agreements with community and technical colleges in the state. The U of M, Crookston’s Agriculture Department recently signed articulation agreements with Minnesota State Community and Technical College (MSCTC) in Fergus Falls and with Minnesota West Community and Technical College (MWCTC) in Worthington.

Following the plan of the respective agreement, students at MSCTC in Fergus Falls are now able to transfer to the U of M, Crookston and apply their completed academic work toward a bachelor of science degree in equine science at the Crookston campus. Similarly, students attending MWCTC in Worthington complete preliminary academic work that meets course requirements and may then transfer to the U of M, Crookston bachelor’s program in ag systems management – renewable energy and bio-fuels technology.

Articulation agreements are designed to allow students enrolled in various programs at two-year institutions to transfer the majority of their credits into a degree program offered by a four-year institution such as the U of M, Crookston. These agreements serve as planning guides to ensure students complete coursework that will fulfill course requirements and transfer seamlessly. In this case, the agreements are designed for specific degree programs.

The Crookston campus has developed a number of articulation agreements in a variety of degree programs with other institutions over the past few years. Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., head of the Agriculture Department at the U of M, Crookston, said this fits with the vision of growth and development he has for his department. As a component of this overall vision, the department will continue to work on articulation agreements with two-year institutions to help students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

“I am pleased to announce these two new articulation agreements with Minnesota State Community and Technical College and with Minnesota West Community and Technical College,” said Del Vecchio. “Our goal is to expand the opportunities for students to build on what they have already achieved. Increased collaboration with other institutions within the state, as well as the entire Midwest, is essential in order to serve as responsible stewards of our resources.”

For more information on the degree programs available in agriculture at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.UMCrookston.edu/academics or contact the Agriculture Department at 218-281-8109.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.