Achieving Dreams


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Metropolitan State University's vision to serve underserved populations, particularly working adults and students of color, employ student-centered strategies to recruit, retain and graduate students at highest levels of success in the MNSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities) system.

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Achieving Dreams

  1. 1. Achieving Dreams<br />
  2. 2. Recruit, retain, graduate<br />Visions that address educational/economic realities <br />Student-centered strategies and options that succeed<br />Dr. Carol Lacey, interdisciplinary faculty, <br />Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN<br /><br /><br />WCET, October, 2009<br />
  3. 3. Success requires opportunity<br />“Success happens when you combine Nature, Nurture and Opportunity.”<br />Create an environment in which individuals with natural ability and supportive families and community have the opportunity to flourish.<br />“This definitely describes most of our students.”<br />Metropolitan State’s President Sue Hammersmith’s inaugural address, October, 2009<br />
  4. 4. Market the message<br />Comprehensive 2008 marketing study showed that if people know about us, they will come <br />Affordability, accessibility, quality, student-centered are major draws<br />Metro’s website being retooled more as marketing tool to tell the story to potential students.<br />Stepped up PLA (prior learning assessment), certification programs and other efforts<br />
  5. 5. Metropolitan State’s Mission<br />Provide quality, affordable education<br />Target: the underserved <br /><ul><li>Communities of color (including significantly expanding immigrant populations—Hmong, Vietnamese and other southeast Asians; Somalis, West Africans, Nigerians; Latinos
  6. 6. First generation adult college students.</li></li></ul><li>Metro student snapshot<br />Typical student: 32 years, works part/full time<br />30 % students of color<br />95% are transfers<br />Average student arrives with four transcripts, military students more-up to 15!<br />Many have significant life experience learning, which could generate credits<br />
  7. 7. Accelerating the vision<br />Current economic straits contribute to nearly double digit enrollment increase at Metro State (unlike enrollment decline at many institutions).<br />Recruitment and marketing target adults needing to complete degrees to be competitive in a tough employment market.<br />New GI bill with benefits for military personnel and their families accelerates their enrollment. <br />
  8. 8. Demographics in sync<br />MNSCU has challenged Metro State to double (to 20,000) by 2020.<br />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.*<br />*(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)<br />
  9. 9. Track record<br />Admission gets them in the door.<br />Enrollment starts the degree completion path.<br />Individualized advising and degree completion design helps them stay and graduate.<br />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).<br />
  10. 10. Individualized B.A. at a distance<br />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.).<br />Individualized degrees must meet residency (30), upper division (40) and overall credit (120) and MTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) general education requirements.<br />All accredited, successfully completed study is accepted without “sunset” restrictions.<br />
  11. 11. Crosswalks/ articulation agreements<br />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.<br />Peace Corps B.A. specifically builds on A.A. degree completion at community/technical colleges. <br />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).<br />
  12. 12. Prior/experiential learning assessment<br />Nationally recognized (CAEL, etc.) leader in assessment of lifelong and experiential learning for college credit.<br />Innovative use of eFolioMN documentation and assessment experiential learning for credit and for students’ showcasing accomplishments for potential employers.<br />New initiatives will recruit and train PLA evaluators with special emphasis on military, firefighter training and other experiential learning not assessed by ACE.<br />