University of Minnesota – Crookston (UMC) is a four-year university located in Crookston, Minnesota
With 1,813 undergraduate students, University of Minnesota – Crookston is one of five campuses in the University of Minnesota system. Currently, students from 20 countries and 45 states are enrolled (Fall 2013).
Located on the northern edge of Crookston, Minnesota, off U.S. Highway 2, the 108-acre (44 ha) campus (237-acre (96 ha) including research plots of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center) is situated in the Red River Valley, the center of a large agricultural region. The region is the transition point from the forested areas of the east to the great plains of the Dakotas.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston uses the marketing slogan “Small Campus. Big Degree,” meant to highlight the small-campus environment and the University of Minnesota system degree that the university offers.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers 29 undergraduate degree programs, 36 concentrations, and 20 minors through four academic departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business; Liberal Arts and Education; and Math, Science and Technology. Since 2004 the campus has gained approval from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents to offer additional bachelor’s degree programs in Biology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences (pre-professional), Marketing, Quality Management, and Software Engineering. In December 2012 the Minnesota State Board of Teaching approved a degree program in Elementary Education (approved by the U of M Board of Regents in spring of 2012). In May of 2013 the U of M Board of Regents approved a bachelor’s degree major in Finance. In January of 2014 the Board approved a bachelor’s degree major in Entrepreneurship, making that the most recent addition to UMC’s list of majors.
The top five degree programs with the greatest enrollment (in order) are Business Management, Natural Resources, Equine Science, Animal Science, and Accounting.
The curriculum for programs offered by the Crookston campus has a focus on experiential learning, applied skills, and technology, and graduates of UMC have high placement rates in positions within their chosen discipline. The student-faculty ratio is 18:1, and class sizes are relatively small with 57% of all classes containing fewer than 20 students and 81% of all classes with fewer than 30. Numerous opportunities exist for students to “learn by doing” through special projects for campus offices, undergraduate research projects, service learning activities, and applied internships, which are required in all degree programs.
As of spring semester 2014, thirteen degree programs will be offered entirely online (as well as on-campus). They include Accounting (B.S.), Applied Health (B.A.H.), Applied Studies (B.S.), Business Management (B.S.), Communication (B.S.), Entrepreneurship (B.S.), Finance (B.S.), Health Management (B.S.), Information Technology Management (B.S.), Manufacturing Management (B.M.M.), Marketing (B.S.), and Quality Management (B.M.M.), and Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.). These online programs are administered through the Center for Adult Learning. In January 2011, the New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC), founded at the University of Illinois, Springfield, added the University of Minnesota, Crookston as its 10th member. The NCLC is designed to assist universities in implementing high quality, large-scale online and blended learning programs.
In 2006, the University of Minnesota, Crookston received full accreditation for the maximum period of ten years from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since that time the campus has received approval to use the HLC’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) as its assessment process for accreditation. With AQIP, an institution works on continuous quality improvement activities, and accreditation becomes a continuous process.