NDSU and the North Dakota Air National Guard have entered into a memorandum of understanding to better serve the research, service, educational and workforce needs of North Dakota. The goal is to provide quicker pathways for military students to earn their degrees by recognizing previously completed course work from a recognized military institution.
“This memorandum of understanding is a win for both the 119th Wing and NDSU through the many of benefits it provides guard members, university students and the community,” said Col. Darrin Anderson, 119th Wing commander. “We’re optimistic this will create additional opportunities to enhance educational and career benefits for North Dakota service members and veterans by working with other higher education institutions to enable the transfer of their militarily earned credits and skills.”
NDSU’s Departments of Emergency Management and Criminal Justice/Political Science are the first to agree to waive the college minor requirement for all military students who have completed 15 credits from a recognized military institution. This reduces time to degree achievement for students pursuing these majors.
Transfer guides are being created to provide clearer pathways for military transfer students. The first completed guide in Computer Science lists prerequisite and additional required courses, and matches courses taken at the Community College of the Air Force to ones taught at NDSU. This process ensures the appropriate coursework is completed without taking unnecessary or duplicate classes. Admission requirements, such as cumulative transfer GPA, are also indicated, along with a designated academic adviser for the student.
“This partnership allows guard members to focus their studies in their chosen major and creates transfer pathways that result in shorter time to degree completion,” said NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani. “We are always looking for opportunities to best support our military population. NDSU hopes to expand this partnership to include other military branches in the future.”
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