April 25, 2012/SVSU News
Saginaw Valley State University and Michigan State University have reached a new agreement to provide students with more opportunities in the growing fields of agriculture and natural resources.
The Memorandum of Understanding between MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and SVSU's colleges of Science, Engineering and Technology, Education, and Business and Management will increase access for students to these educational programs. It will be signed Wednesday, April 25 by officials from both universities.
“Not only is this a win-win for both institutions, but more importantly, this is a win for Michigan residents who want a college degree in agriculture or natural resources,” said Deborah R. Huntley, dean of SVSU's College of Science Engineering and Technology.
The agreement allows students at SVSU to choose agriculture and natural resources majors and specializations available at MSU and transfer there to earn a bachelor's degree, after completing their initial two years at SVSU. Students will have to meet MSU's transfer admission requirements. Additionally, both MSU and SVSU will work together on financial aid.
“As one of the state’s top revenue and job generators, agriculture and natural resources are bound to attract more and more students,” said MSU Provost Kim Wilcox. “With an agreement like this, we are able to open the doors to careers that are not only in demand but very rewarding.”
In addition to the transfer agreement, SVSU also is developing an academic minor in agricultural studies for its students who choose to complete a bachelor’s degree.
“The intent is really to create a seamless pathway for students to start at SVSU and finish at MSU, using the best resources at both institutions without duplicating programs,” said Randy Showerman, associate professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies and director of the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology.
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