MnSCU meets every performance goal set by state officials

Posted: March 26, 2008

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has achieved all five performance goals set by the governor and Legislature, including increasing enrollment of students taking college courses in science, technology, engineering and math, Chancellor James H. McCormick said today.

The performance goals were adopted as part of the 2008-2009 legislative appropriation. Under the appropriation bill, which passed in the 2007 Legislature, about $13 million, or 1 percent of the system's biennial appropriation has been held back until at least three of the five goals were met.

"We are proud that we met all five goals," McCormick said. "They are important goals for the system and for the continued development of the state's workforce. Educating more students in science, technology, engineering and math is critically important to having a globally competitive workforce. Many jobs, even those outside those fields, now require a higher level of achievement in these subjects."

Specifically, the goals and results are:

Increase the number of students who take college courses in science, technology, engineering and math by at least 3 percent between fiscal years 2005 and 2008. Result: Enrollment increased 3.2 percent from 108,998 to 112,504.

Increase enrollment in four Centers of Excellence courses by at least 2 percent between fiscal years 2005 and 2007. The system's four Centers of Excellence focus on engineering, manufacturing, health care and information technology and security. Result: Enrollment increased by 2.3 percent from 19,427 to 19,868.

Increase the number of students trained in using electronic medical records by at least 700 between fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Result: The number of students trained in this technology increased by 971 from 177 to 1,148.

Increase the number of students taking online courses or the number of online courses offered by at least 10 percent between fiscal years 2007 and the preliminary count for 2008. Result: Enrollment increased by 11.3 percent from 59,853 to 66,635.

Expand the "awards of excellence" or other initiatives that reward member institutions, faculty, administrators or staff for innovations designed to advance excellence and efficiency by at least 10 percent between calendar years 2006 and 2007. Result: The number of awards of excellence increased by 277.5 percent from 253 to 955.

"We appreciate the challenge that these performance goals presented and the opportunity to work toward achieving state goals for the system," Board Chair David Olson said in a letter to legislative leaders requesting release of the funds.


Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.