Academic Programs

The Academic Programs and Quality Assurance unit supports the Minnesota State colleges and universities in providing high-quality programs. Notice of Intent’s are listed below to provide statewide opportunity for review and comment regarding newly proposed programs. Individuals with a StarID may use the ASA Connect site for Academic Programs or to comment within the Program Navigator software.

As designees of the Chancellor, the unit provides system leadership and support for academic programs policies and procedures and manages the official inventory of Minnesota State academic programs. All approved academic programs are searchable in the top banner under Campuses & Programs. Transfer Pathways and Health Sciences or Engineering Technology Broadfield transfer programs offer unique transfer opportunities for students. Academic Programs and Quality Assurance unit works with Minnesota State colleges and universities to:

  1. Ensure quality and excellence that is competitive on a national and international level in meeting the needs of students for occupational, general, undergraduate, and graduate education;
  2. Facilitate ease of transfer among schools and programs, integrate course credit, and coordinate degree programs;
  3. Give the highest priority to meeting the needs of Minnesota employers for a highly skilled and adaptable workforce;
  4. Enhance Minnesota's quality of life by developing an understanding and appreciation of a free and diverse society; and
  5. Eliminate unnecessary duplication of programs and achieve high quality programs to meet the diverse needs of the Minnesota workforce.

Related policy and procedure:

Academic Programs and Quality Assurance unit works with campuses throughout the pre (Letter of Inquiry), proposal (Notice of Intent), and program approval process. The unit works with campuses to ensure the campus has received the appropriate accreditation and during the continued delivery by conducting Academic Program Reviews to ensure quality standards. A new program begins with an informal letter of inquiry, develops to a public-comment seeking announced Notice of Intent, and then into a fully approved academic program. View the complete Academic Program Approval process documentation. 

 Academic Programs approval process described in text detail below the image

Steps depicted above: 

  1. Letter of Inquiry
  2. Notice of Intent
  3. System Decides: Approve, Approve with Conditions or Denied
    • If Denied: "Notice of Intent denied. An institution may appeal to the Associate Vice Chancellor within 20 days. See Appeal Process."
    • If Approved or Approved with Conditions: "NOI Approved, Submit Program Application"
  4. System Decides: Approve, Approve with Conditions or Denied
    • If Denied: "Notice of Intent denied. An institution may appeal to the Senior Vice Chancellor within 60 days. See Appeal Process."
    • If Approved or Approved with Conditions: "Program Approved. Notify HLC and other accreditors."

For Students interested in knowing the programs that are available at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may search via the Minnesota State Campuses and Programs Search.

System Faculty, Staff, and Administration Logins: For more information, including Program Inventory (must copy the link and paste into Microsoft Explorer), program navigator (must use Mozilla Firefox), and resources, please see our Academic Programs' Connect site. Please use your StarID@MinnState.edu to login.

Satasha Green-Stephen
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
651-201-1496
satasha.green@minnstate.edu

Provides overall leadership for the activities and direction of academic programs, transfer, innovative technology instruction, faculty development, intellectual property, and planning.

Jon Dalager, JD, Ph.D.
System Director, Accreditation, Academic Programs, and Assessment
651-201-1684
jon.dalager@minnstate.edu

Provides overall leadership for the activities and direction of the Academic Programs Unit.

Sheri Hutchinson, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs
651-201-1685
sheri.hutchinson@minnstate.edu

Special Project Leadership: Program Navigator System Administration, LMIwise Web tool

Carl Polding, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Academic Programs
651-201-1858
carl.polding@minnstate.edu

Kathy Pilugin
Administrative Assistant
651-201-1687
kathy.pilugin@minnstate.edu

Provides administrative support for the various functions of the Academic Programs Unit.