Postsecondary Preparation & Persistence
Objective: Work collaboratively to implement new or scale existing strategies to expand access to postsecondary preparation programs for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS).
Leadership Council members Minneapolis College and St. Paul College enroll the largest share of graduates from our K-12 districts. In postsecondary transitions conversations led through Generation Next, Minneapolis College has focused efforts on supporting Black male student achievement and Saint Paul College has focused on innovation in developmental education pedagogy and co-requisite courses.
Generation Next provided resources for Minneapolis College’s wrap- around supports in their Bridging The Equity Gap (BTEG) initiative, including housing, transportation, and other resources to overcome barriers to successful transition into and through postsecondary. In our postsecondary community of practice, Leadership Council, and Data Committee, we continue to learn from this investment how to remove systemic barriers to persistence and attainment.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MinnState), also represented on the Generation Next Leadership Council, recently announced a new directive to eliminate all standalone developmental courses and implement co-requisite courses in reading, writing, mathematics, and English as a Second Language (ESL) / English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses by Fall 2026. A system workgroup is currently being convened to lay out the implementation guidelines. With Generation Next research and support, St. Paul College is learning more about the implementation of developmental education reform and its impact on student success.