Learn how professors at our colleges have shifted their classes and teaching methods to help students adjust to remote learning and stay engaged.
Higher education across the country has gone to distance learning and Minnesota Private Colleges are no exception.
“With such a quick turn around for faculty and students, things are going fairly well,” said Jennifer Schaefer, associate professor of biology and integrative science program chair at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. “For some classes, things have changed but we’re trying to replicate the most meaningful aspects of each class while recognizing that the online format necessarily requires some changes and flexibility.”
Explore how our colleges remain focused on meeting their students’ needs
In respond to COVID-19, private colleges across Minnesota have send most students home and shifted to teaching online. Even so, our institutions remain as focused as always on how they can best meet student needs.
Learn what percentage of bachelor’s degrees in STEM disciplines are awarded by our colleges compared to the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State.
In academic year 2017-18, women earned 49 percent of bachelor’s degrees in STEM disciplines* at our 17 member institutions. That compares with 37 percent at the University of Minnesota and 34 percent at Minnesota State universities.
*STEM fields include biological and biomedical sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering, engineering technologies and engineering‐related fields, mathematics and statistics, natural resources and conservation, and physical sciences.
Learn how many bachelor’s degrees are awarded by our colleges compared to the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State.
In the 2017‐18 academic year, our member institutions awarded 9,788 bachelor’s degrees. That’s 30 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the state, compared to 33 percent at Minnesota State universities and another 33 percent at the University of Minnesota. What’s more, our members awarded a higher share of bachelor’s degrees in several key areas:
Learn about the collective impact our member institutions have on the state of Minnesota.
Each of the 17 private nonprofit institutions that make up the Minnesota Private College Council is unique. They are different in numerous ways, from their locations to the majors they offer to the students they serve. Yet there is a lot to say about our collective impact.
Discover how our students are working research and hands-on learning into their summers.
As summer starts, students continue their learning on and off campus. Whether it’s research with faculty members or hands-on learning in the community, summer learning is important for students in their academic life as well as when they enter the workforce.
Learn how this partnership fostered and strengthened the research efforts of senior Rachel Nelson.
The collaboration between faculty and students is at the core of liberal arts education at Minnesota private colleges. College of Saint Benedict senior Rachel Nelson wanted to research whether there were physiological changes to Division III cross-country student athletes over a season, but knew she’d have to get started early.
Discover how our colleges keep the focus on the student.
Whether it’s NCAA Division II and Division III, our colleges and universities never lose sight of the “student” in “student athlete” and help students maintain a healthy balance between those two competing pursuits. For those students looking for something outside varsity athletics, club sports offer another way for students to compete against different colleges.