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ERIC Number: ED500861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
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Minnesota Measures: 2007 Report on Higher Education Performance
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
In 2005, Governor Tim Pawlenty and the Minnesota Legislature charged the Minnesota Office of Higher Education with developing an accountability system to measure the higher education sector's effectiveness in meeting state goals. Minnesota's leaders recognized that the knowledge, creativity and intellectual capacity of the state's people are the most promising strategic advantage in a global economy. The purpose of this report is to provide information that will lead to educational improvement and inform policy discussions relating to higher education. Policymakers, employers and educators were involved in a process to develop five state goals which serve as the organizing framework for this report. To compete effectively, Minnesota must build on its educational strengths and identify and address weaknesses. Among states, Minnesota ranks favorably on several key educational measures such as high school graduation rates and the percentage of the state's citizens who possess college degrees. These select facts, however, in the absence of a more comprehensive set of measures, paint an incomplete picture of Minnesota's higher education effectiveness. Minnesota excels in some areas, but more often performs at or near the national average on indicators important to the state's educational and economic vitality. Throughout the report, Minnesota is compared most often with other states because such comparisons are readily available. However the true challenge to Minnesota's economy and quality of life comes from rapidly developing nations including China and India. Long admired for its higher education excellence, the U.S. now finds its leadership position challenged by efficient, results-driven schools in other countries, making the development of international benchmarks an imperative for global competitiveness. For Minnesota to lead consistently in higher education, the first step is to lead on accountability. "Minnesota Measures 2007" is the first of a planned series of annual reports. The focus of the report will evolve in the future so it can be an effective state policy tool and an agenda for improved focus and quality. Goals discussed include: (1) Improve success of all students, particularly students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education; (2) Create a responsive system that produces graduates at all levels who meet the demands of the economy; (3) Increase student learning and improve skill levels of students so they can compete effectively in the global marketplace; (4) Contribute to the development of a state economy that is competitive in the global market through research, workforce training and other appropriate means; and (5) Provide access, affordability and choice to all students. Five appendixes include: (1) Advisory Participants; (2) The Process; (3) Tuition Rates; (4) Rankings; and (5) Definitions, Terms and Sources. (Contains 17 endnotes, 14 figures, and 28 tables.) [This report was published by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.]
Minnesota Office of Higher Education. 1450 Energy Park Drive Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108-5227. Tel: 800-657-3866; Tel: 651-642-0567; Fax: 651-642-0675; Web site: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; India; Minnesota; United States