Strong Start To Finish

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Through a competitive application process completed in Spring 2020, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is one of seven new grantees selected to seed readiness at systems preparing to implement developmental education reforms at scale.

Spearheaded by the Minnesota State System Office, MN-SSTF currently engages five of its institutions and, with support from Strong Start to Finish, aims to create corequisite courses to ensure students pursuing non-STEM math pathways can enroll in college credit-bearing coursework within their first semester.

Priority Action Areas

MN-SSTF is focused on two priority action areas:

  • Substantially reduce the number of developmental education courses.
  • Implement corequisite math courses at scale.

Strategies at Scale

Through the support and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, MN-SSTF will scale the following reforms:

  • Develop communication and engagement plan to support early implementers as a catalyst for statewide implementation.
  • Establish structures and guidelines for the change model and implementation work.
  • Establish baseline data, collect follow up data, and gather information on current versus future progress of implementation.
  • Design and convene corequisite workshops for faculty, advising workshops to support professional staff, mid-level administrator workshops to engage and support lasting change, and continuous improvement workshops to embed the work as ongoing and iterative.
  • Assess and share the success story broadly as a catalyst for scaling change at all remaining Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Project Leadership and Campus Involvement

MN-SSTF is supported and led by the System Director of P20/College Readiness at the Minnesota State System Office.

Five institutions within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system all committed to working to advance developmental education reforms in the state. These exemplars will serve as a catalyst for change for the remaining colleges.

  • St. Cloud State University
  • Fon du lac Tribal and Community College
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Normandale Community College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Vermilion Community College