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Monday, November 9 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Z Degrees at 5 Colleges in 12 Months

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The State of Minnesota’s 91st Legislature passed Senate File 2415 in the spring 2019 session. This bill included a directive for the Minnesota State colleges and universities system, stating that three additional colleges must offer the opportunity to earn a Z-Degree by the academic year 2020-2021. It’s now Fall 2020 and Minnesota State is offering five new zero cost degrees (Z-Degrees) at five different colleges, developed in just 12 months. Attendees will learn of the struggles, the shared victories, and the commitment needed to do the seemingly impossible.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will learn how Minnesota State in one year, expanded from 1 to 6 colleges offering Zero Textbook Cost (Z) Degrees:
•Building a Foundation with OER
•Assessing Readiness to offer a Z Degree
•Supporting the Work
•Managing and Meeting the Challenge
•Promoting the Results
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Stephen Kelly

Director of Innovations, Minnesota State
I currently serve as the Project Manager - NextGen Student Implementation team in the Minnesota State colleges and universities system.  I enjoy conversations about anything related to innovation in higher education, including artificial intelligence, extended reality, online learning... Read More →
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Tim Anderson

System Director, Minnesota State
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Kim Lynch

Senior System Director of Educational Innovations, Minnesota State

Monday November 9, 2020 3:00pm - 3:25pm EST
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  Strategies, Presentation