Private colleges educating state’s workforce
Minnesota’s Private College Council (MPCC) members consistently have been major contributors toward the education of Minnesota’s population. In academic year 2009–2010, MPCC institutions awarded 9,334 bachelor’s degrees and 5,176 graduate degrees.
MPCC institutions granted 30% of all bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota. This compares to 30% for the University of Minnesota and 32% for MnSCU four-year institutions.
While a third of all bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota are granted by MPCC members, they award about half of the degrees in physical sciences and mathematics. And, more than one-third of the bachelor’s degrees in foreign language, biological sciences, social sciences, health professions and history were awarded by MPCC institutions.
MPCC members also granted 39% of all graduate degrees in the state — the same as at the University of Minnesota. MnSCU four-year institutions granted 12% of graduate degrees in Minnesota. MPCC members awarded 45% of all master’s degrees compared to 38% at the University of Minnesota and 13% at MnSCU four-year institutions.
This degree production is significant due to changing workforce demands in Minnesota. As our economy requires more individuals with a college-level education, particularly in the fields of mathematics and sciences, MPCC institutions will remain important contributors.