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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published March 27 2011

Higher Education Notebook: Tri-College University to limit course exchanges

The Tri-College University is changing the way it allows students to do course exchanges with other campuses.

Starting this fall, students at the three participating campuses – North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College – will be limited to taking one course per semester at each of the other campuses.

Tri-College Provost Tim Flakoll said the change is to make the exchange more equitable among the three campuses.

“What we don’t want is to have a student enrolled in one campus or the other, but taking virtually all their classes at the other campus,” Flakoll said.

Concordia already has a limit on course exchanges, Flakoll said.

This new rule means students from MSUM and NDSU would only be able to take one course per semester at each of the other campuses.

In recent years, there were more NDSU students taking courses at MSUM than vice versa, said NDSU Provost Craig Schnell. The opposite used to be true, he said.

There will be some exceptions to the new rule – such as students in the ROTC program or in the Tri-College vaccinology minor program.

About 7 to 10 percent of students at the three campuses participate in the Tri-College course exchange every year, Flakoll said.

The change shouldn’t limit what students are able to do at other campuses, just require them to spread it out differently, Schnell said.

“No students should be harmed by it,” Schnell said.

Earthquake relief

NDSU’s Japanese Student Association is collecting donations to help victims of the March 11 earthquake that triggered a tsunami.

A booth is set up through Friday in the Memorial Union near the Bison Connection.

A donation box also will be available at some events during NDSU’s International Week, which begins Monday.

Donations will be sent to the Red Cross.

Teacher incentive

The North Dakota University System is accepting applications beginning Friday for a program aimed at retaining elementary and secondary teachers.

The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program will reduce student loan indebtedness by $1,000 per year up to three years for teachers who work at a grade level or in a content area identified as a teacher shortage area.

Eligibility begins after completion of one year of teaching in North Dakota, but teachers may have earned their degrees in other states.

More information is available here: www.ndus.edu/students/paying-for-college/grants-scholarships, or at (701) 328-4114.

The application deadline is June 30.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com