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Success Data

Student Demographics


Percent of total students from both cohorts

  • First Generation (76%)
  • Pell Eligible (72%)
  • Students of Color (68%)
  • Students from Twin Cities and 19-county (68%)
  • State of Minnesota Grant Recipients (72%)

GPA Range

High School

  • 2020: 1.48 - 2.50
  • 2021: 1.77 - 2.19

Program (5 college credits)

  • 2020: 2.40 - 4.00
  • 2021: 3.08 - 4.00

Review of Results

In the first week of the summer program, students take a pretest in ACCUPLACER English and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS). The graph below reflects the pre and post-test scores for the 2021 MPP summer bridge program in the first and third week of the program. On average, student’s ACCUPLACER test scores increased by 11.4-points from pre to post-test. Our 2020 test results were very similar with a 10-point average increase.

The combination of mandatory study tables, one-to-one conferences with instructors, student success-oriented events, presentations, and discussions directly contributes to the success we are seeing among student participants.

Student Accuplacer results pre-test and post-test

Our partners in Adult Basic Education (ABE) administer and proctor the CCRS exams during week one and five. Results indicate a 3.5 average grade level increase in reading scores across the entire group from pre to post-test.

ccrs reading test student results

Retention Strategies

A key part of retention is fostering a sense of belong, a process that reflects intrusive advising, programming specific to student’s needs and interests, and skilled faculty and staff. We also foster a sense of belonging through student involvement in our Living and Learning Community, monthly Achieve meetings, and participation in the Pathway Scholars cohort classes in the first two semesters at SMSU.  Our Fall-to-Fall retention rate is 63%, on par with the University rates if not slightly higher.

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