Who gets more students through in four years?
When looking at how well Minnesota’s higher ed institutions get students through school, our member institutions outperform the public institutions — the U of M and MnSCU’s four-year schools. Completing a bachelor’s degree in four years is important because it helps students avoid paying for extra semesters and gets them started earning money or pursuing an advanced degree sooner.
According to the most recent data, the number of students who graduated in four years from MPCC and public institutions was about the same at more than 5,700, but public institutions took in nearly twice as many students (16,853 compared to MPCC’s 8,822) to achieve this outcome.
This productivity in getting students through college in four years also applies to students of color. With a starting cohort of 1,494 students, MPCC institutions graduated 814 or 54% in four years. This compares to a starting cohort of 2,797 at the publics, with 788 or 28% graduating in four years.