The High School-to-College Developmental Transition Program (aka Summer Transition Program) awards matching grants to colleges for offering summer transition programs coupled with support services through the freshman year to improve academic readiness and foster college retention for low-income and other historically underrepresented students in postsecondary education. The 2013 higher education omnibus bill provided $100,000 each year of the 2014-2015 biennium to support STPG grants. With a focus on continuity of program services, five to 10 programs will be funded for the summer of 2014 (Fiscal Year 2014) with the possibility of renewal for summer 2015 (Fiscal Year 2015) contingent on success in meeting program goals and objectives, completion and approval of program reporting requirements, and continued state funding. The maximum state matching grant will be $20,000 per fiscal year.
The RFP process has been closed for the current biennium. The following campuses have been awarded state matching grant funds:
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College: Jump Start to Careers
- Minnesota State University, Mankato: College Access Program
- Saint Paul College-A Community and Technical College: Math Transitions-Power of You
- University of Minnesota-Duluth: Math Preparation for STEM Careers