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0. Power of YOU. First year progress report Irene Kovala, Ed.D. Beth Yeh, Ph.D. Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Acknowledgements. Dan Mueller and Jennifer Lee Shultz of Wilder Research conducted the evaluation and provided many of the slides in this presentation

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Power of you

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Power of YOU

First year progress report

Irene Kovala, Ed.D.

Beth Yeh, Ph.D.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College


Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements

  • Dan Mueller and Jennifer Lee Shultz of Wilder Research conducted the evaluation and provided many of the slides in this presentation

  • Special thanks to the POY staff for their work on collecting the data needed for the evaluation

  • Additional special thanks to community partners (i.e., Hospitality House, Achieve!Minneapolis, YMCA, etc.) who have supported the POY effort through financial support and community outreach

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Power of you institutions
Power of YOU Institutions

  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College

    • Type: Comprehensive college

    • Location: downtown Minneapolis

    • Credit headcount FY07: 11,888

  • St. Paul College

    • Type: Comprehensive college

    • Location: downtown St. Paul

    • Credit headcount FY07: 7,645

  • Metropolitan State University

    • Type: State university

    • Locations: Minneapolis & St. Paul

    • Credit headcount FY07: 9,184

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Source: MnSCU Management Reports


Educational context
Educational context

  • “only 3% of Minnesota’s African American and American Indian 9th graders, and 5 % of the Latino 9th graders, are projected to complete a bachelors degree before they are 25 years old”

    • Trouble on the Horizon, Citizens League

  • Minnesota ranks among the bottom five states in its graduation rates for African American and Asian students

    • Diplomas Count: Ready for What?, Education Week

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Power of you1
Power of YOU

  • Goal: To increase the college enrollment and success of underrepresented students

  • Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high school graduates

  • Free tuition to:

    • Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC)

    • Saint Paul College

    • Metropolitan State University (joining fall 2007)

  • Specialized curriculum and student support services

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Power of you components
Power of YOU Components

  • Removing Financial Barriers

  • Support At-Risk College Students for Success

  • Reach Out and Raise Expectations

  • Public Policy Advocacy

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Impact on enrollment mctc and saint paul college
Impact on enrollment: MCTC and Saint Paul College

Power of YOU students represent nearly 60% of 2006 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high school graduates who enrolled in the fall

Fall 2006 enrollment numbers

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Impact on enrollment mctc and saint paul college1
Impact on enrollment: MCTC and Saint Paul College

Enrollment of Minneapolis and Saint Paul public high school graduates doubled in fall 2006 compared to fall 2005

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Impact on enrollment student characteristics

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Impact on enrollment: Student characteristics

  • Large increases in underrepresented students compared to previous two years:

    • Low-income

    • ESL

    • Black

    • Male

  • A somewhat higher proportion of Power of YOU students took developmental courses (75-81%) than their classmates (60-68%).

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Financial barriers to enrollment student perceptions
Financial barriers to enrollment: Student perceptions

Source: Web-based survey of Power of YOU students, spring 2007

Note: N=128 for survey, both MCTC and St. Paul College students included

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Retention and academic standing
Retention and academic standing

  • POY students had an overall retention rate fall to spring of 85%, higher than their classmates and prior cohorts

  • POY students had a fall 06 to fall 07 retention rate of 64%, according to preliminary analysis

  • POY students’ GPA tended to decrease from fall to spring semester, with an average GPA at the end of the first year of 2.3

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Retention and academic standing1
Retention and academic standing

  • At the end of spring semester, 62% of POY students were in good academic standing

  • POY students earned an average of 19.6 credits in their first year

  • Percentage of credits earned out of credits attempted at the end of the first year was about the same for POY students and their classmates (71%).

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Successes and challenges
Successes and challenges

  • Successes

    • Increased enrollment of underrepresented groups

    • High first year retention rate

  • Challenges

    • Inadequate preparation for college

    • Decline in academic performance after the first term

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Selected program recommendations
Selected program recommendations

  • Strengthen relationship with high schools

  • Increase assistance for students related to personal finance (e.g., living expenses) and personal issues

  • Balance pre-enrollment and post-enrollment services

  • Further develop the community partnerships supporting the program

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What s happening this fall
What’s happening this fall?

  • New Fall 2007 Power of YOU cohort

    • MCTC has 241 POY participants

    • St. Paul College has 164 POY participants

    • Metropolitan state has 18 POY participants

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Immigrant student interface with power of you
Immigrant student interface with Power of YOU

  • POY program initially required completion of federal financial aid forms

    • Undocumented students excluded

  • New legislation allowed 7 MnSCU institutions, including MCTC, to pilot a single tuition rate (resident tuition rate)

  • In addition, the MCTC Foundation fundraised to provide private financial support to undocumented students to participate in POY

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Questions
Questions?

  • Power of YOU Evaluation Interim Report and executive summary, created by Wilder Research is available at:

    http://www.minneapolis.edu/ and

    http://www.wilder.org/research.0.html

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