Pathways to Postsecondary - Phase II

Last year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) collaborated to offer several “Pathways to Postsecondary” summits across the state. Register your team to explore opportunities for new or expanded partnerships between secondary and postsecondary systems to better prepare your students to be career- and college-ready. Seven dates and locations have been scheduled and registration is open. Visit Ready, Set, Go to register online.

Share Why You Chose

October is College Knowledge month! Soon, thousands of Minnesota students will submit their first college application. Many will be the first person in their family to apply to a technical, 2-year, or 4-year college. To celebrate, we invite all Minnesotans to share their college story. Post a video, photo or statement on your favorite social media platform, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #MNwhyichose.

Making Good Minds Great

STEM of Minnesota, a redevelopment of launched during STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair! This web portal contains information and a host of links intended to engage parents, families, educators and young people and provide quick access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resources, including high-quality STEM learning opportunities in-school and out-of-school. It will serve as the hub for Minnesota’s STEM resources. Thanks to our partners: Boston Scientific and the Minnesota High Tech Association. Visit the new STEM portal.

Students Outperform Nation on ACT

Minnesota's high school seniors are top in the nation on the ACT for the ninth year in a row among states in which at least 50 percent of graduates took the test. They achieved an average score of 22.9 on the college entrance exam, compared to the national average of 21. Kids are doing better in English, Reading, Math and Science as well; 39 percent of Minnesota students met the benchmarks, compared to 26 percent nationally. Read the press release. Check out the national and state ACT Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014 reports.

Paying for College!

Check out Paying for College: How Minnesota families make it happen. This video, from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education in partnership with the Minnesota Private College Fund and Twin Cities Public Television, is packed with advice and helpful suggestions from local experts about financing your education. Learn about the variety of ways Minnesota families can cover the costs of a college education.

Teachers Meet Regularly as Teams to Improve Instruction 
High School Students Submitting College Applications - Share Your College Story on Social Media 
Students Participating in Outdoor Classroom, Hands-on Learning 
Class of 2014 photo
High School Students Explore Postsecondary and Financial-Aid Options