Z- and Z-TP Degrees for Affordable and Equitable Education

Thursday, June 08 | 11:00AM–12:00PM PT | Pacific Ballroom B, 2nd Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Presentation/Panel Presentation

Supported by legislative funding, Minnesota State quickly accelerated from one college in our system offering Zero Textbook Cost degrees (Z-degrees) to 10 colleges by fall 2023. We are now refining a model for faculty collaboration that realizes culturally responsive, accessible, open, and free course resources for students in transfer pathways across our system of 33 colleges and universities. Lessons learned are helping us move from supporting campuses vertically (Z-degrees within specific colleges and universities) to supporting faculty collaborators across our system (core courses in transfer pathways).


  • Kim Lynch

    Sr. System Director for Educational Development and Technologies, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Ed Minnema

    Equity Coach, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Melissa Williams

    Instructional Designer, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Resources & Downloads

  • ZandZTP Degree for Equitable Education Slides

    Updated on 6/7/2023
  • Z and ZTP Degree for Equitable Education Resources

    Updated on 6/7/2023