Minnesota Has a Persistent Higher-Ed Gap: Are New Efforts Making a Difference?
Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report
Minnesota ranks among the most educated states in the country, with nearly half of adults aged 25 to 64 holding an associate degree or higher. But that impressive statistic masks severe racial disparities in degree completion: The state has the second largest attainment gap between whites and blacks in the nation.
The state's public colleges are taking a closer look at their longstanding achievement gaps and experimenting with new ways of closing them. Some are revamping remedial education, a major stumbling block for students who are forced to repeat subjects they should have learned in high school.
Others have started programs that seek to ease the transition into college, creating a sense of community and belonging among students who may not feel welcome there.