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On Campus: UND engineering college partners with Texas university

The UND College of Engineering and Mines and Schreiner University of Texas have partnered to offer an Engineering Distance Education Degree Program.

After about three years of negotiations, a memorandum of understanding was signed Dec. 16 allowing students at Schreiner earn an online engineering degree from UND alongside whatever degree they're pursuing in Texas.

"What it does is allow their students to be our students at the same time," the college's Interim Associate Dean Hossein Salehfar said.

Salehfar said UND has similar agreements with roughly six other universities across the country. It recently signed on with the University of Mary in Bismarck and is in talks with interested institutions in China and Valley City State University.

"Most of them approach us but sometimes we approach them," Salehfar said.

Salehfar said students have to spend time on UND's campus, usually during the summer, to complete the hands-on laboratory work that is required by the degree.

The College of Engineering and Mines has programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, a nonprofit organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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More info: To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of UNDUniversity of Minnesota-CrookstonNorthland Community and Technical CollegeMayville State University and Lake Region State College.

Staff writer Katie Snell contributed to this article.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.

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