U of M graduation rate improving fast


Four-year graduation rates at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are nearly at goal, according to the Star Tribune. A report for the Board of Regents' Thursday meeting says the 2012 rate was 59.1 percent, close to the goal of 60 percent.

The five-year rate was 75.5 percent, according to Robert McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education.

Twenty years ago, the four-year rate was only 15 percent, and the five-year rate just 37 percent.

McMaster said the university has been working hard to improve graduation rates. It has become "much more selective" in admissions. Incoming freshman have higher ACT scores and high school rankings than a decade ago.

New orientation and advising programs help students manage full course-loads, which are needed to graduate in four years.

The university graduation rate is in the middle of the Big Ten, according to ESPN, with Northwestern first and Purdue last. Minnesota came in behind Indiana and ahead of Wisconsin.

Asked if he considered that a success, McMaster said: “Absolutely. … We always like to be ahead of Wisconsin.”

The Twin Cities campus rates No. 69 among national universities in U.S. News and World Reports. In addition to graduation rates, that ranking takes into account tuition, teacher-student ratio, lifestyle and other factors.

Next Up

Ricky Rubio

Report: Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to Cleveland

Rubio's homecoming in Minnesota lasted just one season.

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

Gov. Walz: Newly-vaccinated Minnesotans will get $100

The incentive was announced shortly after President Biden announced the initiative.

Flickr - USPS post office mail truck - Paul Sableman

Man who attacked Oakdale postal worker gets 18 months in prison

He was accused of hopping over the counter and repeatedly punching the employee.

Wikimedia COmmons - Sierra store - Steve Morgan

Off-price retail store Sierra will open a St. Cloud location

It is the brand's first Minnesota store outside the Twin Cities.

Motzko and Schuneman

Driver in crash that killed Motzko, Schundeman released from custody

Authorities say he was driving during the crash that killed Sam Schuneman and Mack Motzko.


Dental practice fired manager because she was too old, investigation finds

The business has agreed to a $54,000 settlement with the employee.

Ryan Suter

Suter says goodbye to Minnesota in Players Tribune piece

As Suter heads for Dallas, the Wild revamp their blue line.

vaccine, covid

Gov. Walz launches 'Vax to School' campaign ahead of new year

The state is encouraging students aged 12-17 to get vaccinated before school starts.

Justin Jefferson

Coller: Justin Jefferson isn't the sophomore slump type

Matthew Coller writes a weekly column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider. He also hosts a weekly Vikings livestream on BMTN's YouTube and Facebook.

storm damage

State of Emergency in Wisconsin as daylight reveals massive storm damage

A tornado may have directly hit a farmstead, causing destruction.

Facebook - Line 3 frac out July 27 photo - Ron Turney

MPCA acknowledges 8 more drilling fluid releases during Line 3 work

That includes at least one fluid release into wetlands, which is a violation.