Persistence is continued student enrollment at any postsecondary institution from one semester or year to the next. The persistence scenario predicts that if persistence increases by 5 percent for all student groups, Minnesota will reach its goal of 70 percent of students ages 25 to 44 attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2025. Focusing on increasing persistence by 5 percent across all student demographics and types of colleges will result in an additional 42,144 students attaining postsecondary certificates or degrees.
It is important to recognize; however, that although this focused approach on persistence will help Minnesota reach the 70 percent attainment goal, the model does not address the inequities between White students and students of color. Along with an overall focus on persistence a more direct, targeted approach will be needed to support students of color so that they can persist and graduate at higher numbers.