The Academic Programs unit supports the Minnesota State colleges and universities in providing high-quality programs. 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. We work with system 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 and achieve efficient and streamlined operations.

 Academic Program Policy is located here.  Academic Program Procedure 3.36.1 is located here.

A broad field associate in science degree transfers to all system universities offering related baccalaureate programs through a statewide articulation agreement. The Broad Field Degree Programs provides a smooth transfer transition from a college to a university program. Broad field programs are available in the Health Sciences and Engineering and programs are offered at approved colleges. See a campus academic advisor to know if your campus offers a bard field degree.

Health Sciences Broad Field

The Health Sciences Broad field program is transferable to:

  • Bemidji State University
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Winona State University

Engineering Broad Field

The Engineering Broad field program is transferable to:

  • Mankato State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University
  • University of Minnesota

Campuses participate in regional and local new program planning with the system office guiding the regional planning sessions. In addition, faculty survey students and conduct advisory boards in order to determine future programming needs. A new program goes through the following simplified process on the way to full program approval. If a Notice of Intent, NOI, is denied, a campus has an option to submit an Appeal and again if an application is denied, a campus may submit an appeal. 


For Students interested in knowing the programs that are available at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may search via College 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 here. Please use your to login.

Satasha Green-Stephen
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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

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

Sheri Hutchinson, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs

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

Carl Polding, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Academic Programs

Kathy Pilugin
Administrative Assistant

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