Huskies Advance


Show the world what you can do.


What is HuskiesAdvance?

HuskiesAdvance is a new, innovative program to help you connect your major with your passion through curricular, co-curricular, and real-world experiences. You will work with a mentor to create a personalized track plan to align your goals and interests. By completing a HuskiesAdvance track, you build a professional network, create a professional portfolio, and earn a digital credential.


What is required to complete a HuskiesAdvance track?

Students work with their mentor to identify four courses or experiences to complete while at St. Cloud State. Each track’s choices come from a pre-approved list or students can submit an experience of their own design. One experience from a previous educational, volunteer, or work experience may count towards completion of HuskiesAdvance. Each plan will include the following experiences:

  • At least one classroom-based
  • At least one co- or extra-curricular
  • At least one with an organization or effort outside of the University
  • A second experience from the list above


Is HuskiesAdvance available to every St. Cloud State University student?

Absolutely! Any student who wishes to participate in the program is welcome. All you need is a desire to make the most of your college experience. If you are counting down the semesters to graduation, it is not too late to participate. The Jumpstart program of HuskiesAdvance lets this year’s juniors and seniors count two previous experiences toward their plan, giving them a chance to be the first HuskiesAdvance graduates.


What will my mentor do?

One of the advantages of HuskiesAdvance is having an individual mentor who will work closely with you to personalize your track, reflect on your experiences, and articulate what you are learning. Mentors are faculty and staff chosen for their interest in the track topic and highly eager to help you identify and accomplish your goals.


How do know which track is right for me?

The track you select will depend greatly on your passions, as well as your major. Once expressing interest in the program, a HuskiesAdvance Coach will help to select the best track for you.


How do I choose my HuskiesAdvance experiences?

Your mentor will help you select which experiences fit your passions, goals, and needs. Each track has a listing of experiences that align with the track, or you can propose an experience of your choosing. You may already be participating in an experience that qualifies, such as being a Community Advisor, serving as a leader in a student organization, having an Education Abroad experience, doing an internship, or completing research with a faculty member. Many students will be able to also count their HusiesAdvance course for a Liberal Education Program Goal Area or their major requirements.


How much time will HuskiesAdvance take?

It depends. You participate as you would any other course you are enrolled in. The only addition is completing several reflection questions at the end of the course. You may be participating in co-curricular experiences (such as being on an athletic team or serving as a teaching assistant), so you already have that time commitment in your schedule. If you have a busy semester, you may choose not to do a HuskiesAdvance experience during that time. If you complete one HuskiesAdvance experience each semester, you can finish your track in 2 years.


Is there a cost to be in HuskiesAdvance?

There is no participation charge for the program. Regular credit rates apply to courses taken for HuskiesAdvance. A generous donor has created a professional development fund specifically for HuskiesAdvance students. Each student can apply for up to $250 in funding to support their experiences such as presenting at a conference, obtaining materials for a research project, or participating in an on-line internship. Your mentor will guide you to the best use for your professional development funding.


How do I share with potential employers the benefit of a HuskiesAdvance credential?

There are three ways to demonstrate what you have learned in HuskiesAdvance to future employers. The HuskiesAdvance digital credential communicates you can combine your interests with your passions to create a more specialized approach to the work you do. Your ePortfolio documents the learning you gained, and the notation on your transcript denotes your HuskiesAdvance completion.


Who can answer my questions?

The HuskiesAdvance staff and mentors are ready to answer any questions you might have, and help you get started on your HuskiesAdvance journey. To get in touch, submit the Interest Form or contact our office.