When the goal is to increase the number of Minnesotans who earn a college degree, need-based grant aid has a powerful impact. Research data make a strong case for why Minnesota’s State Grant program is so worthwhile.
If you envision undergraduate students at Minnesota colleges as made up entirely of fresh-faced 18- to 22-year-olds, you’d be wrong. A growing number of students at four-year colleges are now aged 25 or older.
With summer vacations ending, what do we expect of high school, for all those returning teenagers? If your answer would be to prepare for college, most Minnesotans would agree, according to a new survey.
There are a lot of challenges that go with being poor in America. That's
true too when it comes to higher education. Lower-income students are
much less likely than higher-income students to make it to college and
As baby boomers begin to leave Minnesota's workforce in the coming
years, we have enough college-educated workers aged 25-44 to fill their
vacancies. The concern is the
education level of the group that comes next.
Graduates of four-year colleges in Minnesota are
increasingly leaving school with loan debt. This debt is not yet
leading to higher default rates, but student borrowing merits close attention. Here's
some background on this complex issue.
future demand for educated workers, our state must increase college
participation and completion among low-income students. As our new
Research Brief details, there are concerns that the state in not
maintaining its investment in higher education.
As Minnesota's population has become increasingly diverse, the share of
students and faculty of color at our institutions have grown too. View
the latest data about faculty of color in Minnesota and hear
perspectives from two of our institutions.
Contributions to Minnesota's
colleges and universities have failed to match the levels they were at 10 years
ago and have declined noticeably since 2008. This trend matters because it
further challenges higher education institutions — public and private.
higher than average share of residents with bachelor's degrees correlates with
our higher than average per capita income. Experts say that ensuring higher
education opportunities and achievement will help productivity.