Getting Prepared 2016 provides information about college enrollment and developmental education course-taking among Minnesota public high school graduates. Developmental education course-taking can be used as a measures of college readiness.
Getting Prepared reports the college enrollment and developmental educational activity of Minnesota public high school graduates enrolling in college within two years of high school graduation. The report fulfills the legislative mandate Minnesota Statutes 13.32, subdivisions 3 and 6.
In this report, developmental education is a term used to refer to programs offered by postsecondary institutions to prepare students for success in college-level work. Remedial instruction, the term used in Minnesota Statutes 13.32, can imply courses which repeat material taught earlier that the student did not learn adequately the first time. For many educators, developmental education is a broader term encompassing pre-college-level education and other academic support services that may benefit students for any reason.
While postsecondary institutions typically assess the academic readiness of new high school graduates for college level coursework during the admission process, a variety of college technical programs require less than college-level skills in reading, writing and/or math. College graduates with occupational certificates or diplomas in several fields can obtain a living wage job without being assessed college ready.
Overall, Minnesota does well in moving students from public high school to college, but not all graduates enrolling in college are at the same academic preparedness.
[Note: unless otherwise indicated, the term "college" references any type of postsecondary institution, including both academic and vocational training.]
Most public high school graduates enrolled in college within two years after graduation, and one in four enrolled in developmental education during that same period.
Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education
In Minnesota, the percent of public high school graduates enrolled in one or more developmental credits during fall term has remained relatively stable between 2007 and 2013. (Report page 16)
The Percent of High School Graduates Enrolled in Developmental Courses Appears Stable (26%-29%) from 2007-2013
Data for the report was provided by the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS), managed jointly by the Office of Higher Education (OHE), Minnesota Departments of Education (MDE) and Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Student data on Minnesota public high school graduates are linked with fall term Minnesota Office of Higher Education college enrollment data and full year enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse enabled additional data.
Reports prior to Getting Prepared 2014 were limited to information about public high school graduates enrolled in developmental courses only at public institutions - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) or the University of Minnesota. Starting with the 2014 report, data also includes enrollments at Minnesota private colleges and out-of-state college enrollments along with additional student demographic and high school academic performance data.