June 22, 2016
Today marks a new day in our college's history! With the approval of the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, we are now a comprehensive technical and community college and can offer our students the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Offering the associate of arts degree will better serve the needs of our students by increasing access to liberal arts and sciences coursework at the college level and by creating a more seamless transfer process to four-year institutions. While technical education will always be at the heart of our mission, adding the associate of arts to our offerings broadens our service to the region while strengthening the college as a whole.
The new associate of arts degree provides a well-rounded general education with a range of coursework in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. Upon successfully completing the degree, students will be eligible to transfer to other Minnesota State schools and the University of Minnesota as college juniors. The new degree is available beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, which begins on August 22, 2016!
New Mission Statement
Minnesota State College Southeast
prepares students for a lifetime of learning
by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer,
to meet the needs of students and the community.
New Vision Statement
Serving individual and regional needs for lifelong learning and career development.
New Name: Minnesota State College Southeast
With a change in our mission came a need to change our name to reflect our new status as a comprehensive technical and community college. We sought input from students, faculty, staff, and the general public in choosing a new name, ultimately arriving at a simplification of the previous name that aligns perfectly with the new Minnesota State brand: Minnesota State College Southeast.
We believe this new name will represent the college well in the future and provide continuity with the past. The college has changed its identity many times since it first opened its doors almost 70 years ago. We hope the new name will serve Minnesota State College Southeast well for the next century or more.
Please join the students, faculty, staff, and administration as we celebrate our new name and mission!
Dr. Dorothy Duran
President, Minnesota State College Southeast