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  • Achieving Dreams
  • Recruit, retain, graduate
    Visions that address educational/economic realities
    Student-centered strategies and options that succeed
    Dr. Carol Lacey, interdisciplinary faculty,
    Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN
    WCET, October, 2009
  • Success requires opportunity
    “Success happens when you combine Nature, Nurture and Opportunity.”
    Create an environment in which individuals with natural ability and supportive families and community have the opportunity to flourish.
    “This definitely describes most of our students.”
    Metropolitan State’s President Sue Hammersmith’s inaugural address, October, 2009
  • Market the message
    Comprehensive 2008 marketing study showed that if people know about us, they will come
    Affordability, accessibility, quality, student-centered are major draws
    Metro’s website being retooled more as marketing tool to tell the story to potential students.
    Stepped up PLA (prior learning assessment), certification programs and other efforts
  • Metropolitan State’s Mission
    Provide quality, affordable education
    Target: the underserved
    • Communities of color (including significantly expanding immigrant populations—Hmong, Vietnamese and other southeast Asians; Somalis, West Africans, Nigerians; Latinos
    • First generation adult college students.
  • Metro student snapshot
    Typical student: 32 years, works part/full time
    30 % students of color
    95% are transfers
    Average student arrives with four transcripts, military students more-up to 15!
    Many have significant life experience learning, which could generate credits
  • Accelerating the vision
    Current economic straits contribute to nearly double digit enrollment increase at Metro State (unlike enrollment decline at many institutions).
    Recruitment and marketing target adults needing to complete degrees to be competitive in a tough employment market.
    New GI bill with benefits for military personnel and their families accelerates their enrollment.
  • Demographics in sync
    MNSCU has challenged Metro State to double (to 20,000) by 2020.
    National data on projected college population growth reflects Metro’s student growth: ages 27+, immigrants, minorities, community college graduates, bachelor’s degree graduates seeking new degree or continuing education.*
    *(Hussar and Bailey, 2009, US Department of Education, Projections of Education Statistics to 2018, USDE Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 37th edition)
  • Track record
    Admission gets them in the door.
    Enrollment starts the degree completion path.
    Individualized advising and degree completion design helps them stay and graduate.
    Result: Metro State has closed the retention and graduation rate for white students and students of color (and has highest retention rate in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities --MNSCU--system).
  • Individualized B.A. at a distance
    Accredited individualized distance degree options (one of very few fully accredited individualized bachelor’s degrees at a distance in the nation) help students design the degree completion pathway that will best meet personal educational goals (subsets include Peace Corps B.A. and aviation management B.A.).
    Individualized degrees must meet residency (30), upper division (40) and overall credit (120) and MTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) general education requirements.
    All accredited, successfully completed study is accepted without “sunset” restrictions.
  • Crosswalks/ articulation agreements
    Expanded articulation agreements and degree pathway collaboration with community and technical college respect the applicability of studies there and facilitate continuation toward four-year degree completion.
    Peace Corps B.A. specifically builds on A.A. degree completion at community/technical colleges.
    Enhancing crosswalk reality: Metro State faculty teach selected upper division courses on community college campuses and Metro State programs are co-located on two community college sites: (Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Hennepin Technical College).
  • Prior/experiential learning assessment
    Nationally recognized (CAEL, etc.) leader in assessment of lifelong and experiential learning for college credit.
    Innovative use of eFolioMN documentation and assessment experiential learning for credit and for students’ showcasing accomplishments for potential employers.
    New initiatives will recruit and train PLA evaluators with special emphasis on military, firefighter training and other experiential learning not assessed by ACE.