Z-degree Participants Expand in Minnesota

Z-degree Participants Expand in Minnesota

(Minnesota) — March 1st, 2024 — The State of Minnesota Legislature and Minnesota State, Minnesota State announces its Z-degree Project participants for FY25-FY26. Z-degree courses for these participating campuses will be available by spring of 2026.

Z-degrees are a complete associate’s or bachelor’s degree program that exclusively use course resources that are no cost to students such as open educational resources (OER), open textbooks, and library-curated materials.

With these additions, 10 Minnesota State campuses offer Z-degrees and 15 are in-process of offering Z-degrees.


The following six (6) colleges and universities received up to $25,000 to explore Z-degrees on their campuses to prepare a foundation for Z-degree development, such as faculty development, open textbook exploration and review, or building open textbook capacity in the transfer curriculum.

  • Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Northwest Technical College
  • South Central College


The following six (6) colleges and universities received up to $100,000 to create, finalize, and implement a new Z-degree by spring of 2026.

  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Ridgewater College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • St. Cloud State University


The following five (5) colleges and universities received up to $50,000 to increase the number and type of courses offered in an existing Z-degree, such as adding additional courses or course sections, and increasing the number of faculty using zero-cost course resources in a course already part of an existing Z-degree.

  • Century College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Northland Community and Technical College
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Learn more

Learn more about Z-degrees and OER at Minnesota State at www.MinnState.edu/OER.

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