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CONCORDIA CREATES NEW POLICY TO ASSIST TRANSFER STUDENTS
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., passed a new policy that will make transferring to Concordia easier. Students transferring in with Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees or those who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) will have completed general education requirements that fulfill the majority of Concordia’s Core Curriculum requirements. Students will still be required to complete a World Language and Religion course, which could be transferred into Concordia or, for M-State and NDSCC students, taken via Tri College.* In the past, each general education course was evaluated to determine transferability and core equivalency. Now students who intend to complete either an A.A. degree or the MnTC before coming to Concordia know exactly how those credits will meet Concordia’s curriculum guidelines.
“I am thrilled that Faculty Senate approved this approach to supporting transfer students. We get excellent transfer students at Concordia from two-year colleges. I look forward to supporting more students of their caliber and depth as a result of this policy,” says Dr. Susan Larson, dean of the college.
A.A. degrees are based in the liberal arts and are designed to transfer specifically to liberal arts four-year majors. Concordia believes this new transfer pathway will encourage students who have earned their two-year A.A. degree at a community college to continue their education. This new requirement will facilitate students who have completed a two-year degree to finish a major at Concordia in two years and will allow time and space for students to explore other courses of interest.
“We look forward to the opportunities to partner with regional two-year colleges to create smooth and welcoming transfer experiences for their students. As an ELCA college, we are called and empowered to serve the neighbor so that all may flourish. Making it simpler and more welcoming for transfer students to join the Concordia community is aligned with this aspiration,” Larson says.
The removal of barriers for prospective students considering transferring to Concordia following their previous academic accomplishments, is also expected to increase the diversity of the student population, a goal well-aligned with Concordia’s Strategic Plan for 2030 with the Resolution on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Reducing the barriers will also affirm the value of previous degrees and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) by supporting the transfer of coursework and general education requirements which students considering Concordia may have already successfully completed.
In addition to this transfer policy, the Faculty Senate at Concordia approved a second degree policy which will allow our accelerated nursing students to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
* Students who complete the MnTC through post-secondary enrollment or dual credit options will be required to take INQ 100 and PED 111 during their first year at Concordia College.