The Board of Trustees recognizes four broad classes of institutions within the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities system: community colleges, community and technical colleges,
technical colleges, and state universities.
The Board of Trustees delegates authority to the College to award Associate in Arts, Associate in
Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees, diplomas, and certificates and to offer the
educational programming required to support these awards.
Authority to award a specific degree/type of degree is explicitly granted by Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities system Policy 3.36. An institution may petition to offer a degree for
which specific authority is not granted in the mentioned policy by successfully completing a