The Minnesota State system office invites campuses within the system to submit an interest application as the first step to participate in the Minnesota State Z-Degree Project (Zero Textbook Cost Degree Project).
The State of Minnesota 91st Legislature passed Senate File 2415 in the spring 2019 session. This bill includes the following directive for the Minnesota State colleges and universities system:
Three additional colleges must offer the opportunity to earn a Z-Degree by the academic year 2020-2021. A college’s course offerings for its Z-Degree program must include at least two distinct courses in each transfer curriculum goal area and at least enough credits in each transfer curriculum goal area to complete the transfer curriculum package (SF2415).
The legislation will fund this mandate through a one-time appropriation of $500,000 over the next biennium.
The system office will select participating campuses from the pool of applicants based upon responses provided in the following readiness categories:
• Readiness of Campus Personnel
• Structural Readiness
• Cultural Readiness
• Current Open / Zero-cost textbook inventory
• Proposed Z-Degree and Course Sequence
Applications are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 20, 2019.
Contact Stephen Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.