The Postsecondary Completion Strategy Committee will develop a statewide plan to increase the graduation rates at all levels of postsecondary education in Minnesota, especially those at the public two- and four-year colleges and universities.
For two-year institutions, the group will analyze the three-year graduation rates (including completion of a certificate, diploma or associate degree) of Minnesota’s students by gender, ethnic and socio-economic student subpopulations.
For four-year institutions, the group will analyze the four- and six-year graduation rates and number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Minnesota’s students by gender, ethnic and socio-economic student subpopulations.
For graduate institutions, the group will analyze the master’s and doctorate degree completion rates awarded to Minnesota students by gender, ethnic and socio-economic student subpopulations.
The committee will then propose goals and benchmarks for tracking the postsecondary graduation progress of student subpopulations and students overall.
Finally, the committee will suggest a coherent statewide strategy for increasing the postsecondary graduation rates for all students at all levels (two-year, four-year and graduate levels), and closing the gaps in postsecondary graduation rates among student subpopulations.
Strategies1 may include appropriately targeted student recruitment, effective campus communication and scheduling, strong advising and accessible student support services. Additional strategies may address factors related to the academic preparation of students, colleges’ admissions selectivity, student demographics, the need for some students to work to support themselves while in college2, students’ uninformed or limited college selection processes, students’ failure to recognize the impact that dropping out may have on their future, and/or other issues, as appropriate.
1 - Source of most strategies suggested in this bullet item: Minnesota Measures: 2009 Report on Higher Education Performance. Minnesota Office of Higher Education. p. 3.
2 - Source of this strategy and those that follow: With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them: Myths and Realities about Why so Many Students Fail to Finnish College. A 2009 Public Agenda Report for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.