Agreement Gives Students Pathway To Study Ag, Natural Resources

Saginaw Valley State University to offer two-year program.

Published on: May 2, 2012

A new agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) will increase opportunities for students in agriculture and natural resources.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at MSU and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, the College of Education and the College of Business Management at SVSU will increase access for students to these educational programs. It was signed Wednesday (April 25) by officials from both universities.

"As one of the state's top revenue and job generators, agriculture and natural resources are bound to attract more and more students," says MSU Provost Kim Wilcox. "With an agreement like this, we are able to open the doors to careers that are not only in demand but highly rewarding."

Agreement Gives Students Pathway To Study Ag, Natural Resources
Agreement Gives Students Pathway To Study Ag, Natural Resources

The agreement allows students at SVSU to choose majors and specializations available in the CANR and transfer to MSU to earn bachelor's degrees after completing an initial two-year program at SVSU. Students will have to meet MSU's transfer admission requirements. MSU and SVSU will work together on financial aid.

"When we began discussions last summer, we knew this could be a win-win for both institutions but, more importantly, a win for Michigan residents who want a college degree in agriculture or natural resources," says Deborah R. Huntley, dean of the SVSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

"The intent is really to create a seamless pathway for students to start at SVSU and finish at MSU, using the best resources at both institutions without duplicating programs," says Randy Showerman, associate professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies and director of the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology.