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Published January 09, 2012, 09:58 AM

Northern Minnesota campuses create alliance

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — About 20 colleges and universities in northern Minnesota have formed an alliance to better meet needs in that part of the state.

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — About 20 colleges and universities in northern Minnesota have formed an alliance to better meet needs in that part of the state.

Presidents of the institutions meet Monday in St. Paul to begin discussions on how to do more collaborating and less competing. Minnesota State University Moorhead President Edna Syzmanski (sih-MAN'-skee) says talks will focus on their regional economy and how to better serve their students.

Northland Community and Technical College President Anne Temte says two-year colleges want to bring the opportunity for four-year degrees to their communities. Minnesota State Community and Technical College Interim President Peggy Kennedy says establishing university centers on two-year campuses is a possibility. The Bemidji Pioneer (http://bit.ly/AmwL10 ) says community college students could go to those centers to get information about bachelor's degrees and take some four-year classes.j

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