Memorandum of understanding on dual enrollment/Azhoogan Program inked at signing ceremony

    University of Minnesota Crookston and Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) on Tuesday announced a new comprehensive dual admissions agreement. The agreement establishes a cooperative academic relationship between the two institutions. RLNC president Dan King and U of M Crookston Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause signed the new memorandum of agreement in UMC’s Prairie Lounge, providing access and opportunity for students from both institutions.

    The agreement offers academically qualified RLNC students dual admission to U of M Crookston with the goal of working toward a bachelor’s degree through the U of M Crookston. The agreement establishes this as the “Azhoogan Program,” incorporating the Ojibwe word for “bridge.” The agreement also will enable U of M Crookston students to transfer credits back to RLNC in order to fully utilize a reverse transfer program allowing them to combine credits previously earned at RLNC with those earned at the U of M Crookston and apply them towards the award of an AA or AAS degree from RLNC.

    “This dual admission partnership provides a real benefit to students and allows opportunities for program development,” Holz-Clause noted. “It also encourages greater collaboration between faculty from both Red Lake Nation College and the U of M Crookston.”

    Selected courses at RLNC – especially those that lead to RLNC’s A.A. in Liberal Education –will be a part of the Azhoogan Program and related transfer agreement with the U of M Crookston. Among the bachelor’s degree programs at the U of M Crookston that best match the priorities and coursework at RLNC are Horticulture, Natural Resources, Business, and Agricultural Business, but RLNC students may choose to pursue their academic interests in any academic program.

    Additionally, faculty from both institutions will be provided opportunities for sharing and jointly developing and aligning curriculum to advance the quality and efficiency of the program. Programs offered as dual admission options will be pre-approved by program faculty and possess specific credit-hour and course requirements.