M State launches innovative up2U partnership

Up2U logoA unique new program  will make it possible for future M State graduates to get their junior-year tuition substantially reduced at M State’s partner college, Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Students can enroll in the M State program, up2U, beginning in the fall of 2013. Participating students can attend any of M State’s four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead or Wadena, or enroll in courses through M State’s online eCampus.

In order to qualify for a junior-year tuition scholarship, students would need to enroll in at least nine credits at M State, maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 and complete a transfer degree within three years, and then enroll at MSUM to complete a four-year degree.

During their last semester prior to graduation from M State, participating students would need to take the CLA+ (Collegiate Learning Assessment), which measures critical thinking and writing skills. The amount of the scholarship awarded would be based on a combination of GPA and scoring on the CLA+.

Both M State and MSUM are members of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which includes all of the state’s public colleges and universities except the University of Minnesota.

up2U was developed by Paul Carney, an English instructor on M State’s Fergus Falls campus, who sees it as a means to improving academic quality while encouraging students to complete degrees and allowing them to reduce their student loan debt. A full-tuition scholarship could mean a savings of more than $4,000 for an MSUM junior.

“The project’s title has dual significance,” Carney said. “First, it signifies the transfer from the two-year college to the university, and it also conveys to students that their academic success is up to them.”

M State expects about 150 new students to participate in up2U in the fall, with those participants enrolling at MSUM no later than the fall of 2016.

M State President Peggy Kennedy noted that M State and MSUM have a history of partnerships in academic initiatives.

“M State and MSUM have been strong partners for many years,” Kennedy said. “The up2U program allows us to support student learning and degree completion for our students. Employers are asking our graduates to have even stronger communication and critical thinking skills, and the up2U program enhances the ability of M State and MSUM to meet this request.”

“The up2U program is the next logical step in our ongoing partnership with M State and our efforts to increase baccalaureate degree completion,” said MSUM Provost Anne Blackhurst.  “At the same time, it is an innovative and ground-breaking program that acknowledges the need to make fundamental changes in our business practices in order to make higher education more accessible and affordable.”

For more information about up2U, visit www.minnesota.edu/up2u.

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