Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University (Metro State) is a public university in the Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area. It is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.[4][5]

Metropolitan State University
MottoWhere life and learning meet
Established1971; 53 years ago (1971)
Parent institution
Minnesota State System
Academic affiliations
Endowment$6.0 million (2019)[1]
Budget$108 million (2019)[2]
PresidentGinny Arthur
Academic staff
750 community faculty
174 resident faculty

44°57′25″N 93°4′26″W / 44.95694°N 93.07389°W / 44.95694; -93.07389

History edit

New Main on the Saint Paul campus

The institution was founded in 1971 as Minnesota Metropolitan State College with a mission to educate non-traditional students from the Twin Cities metropolitan area whose needs were not served by other existing institutions like the University of Minnesota.[6] David E. Sweet was appointed the university's first president[7] and the school, with offices above a drug store in downtown St. Paul, admitted the first class of 50 students in 1972. The university did not have a campus and offered classes in rented space throughout the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) metropolitan area. When Metropolitan State began, it was a college for working adults. It was strictly an upper-division college where students could only complete their junior and senior years of academic study.[8] The university initially followed a non-traditional course: it offered competence-based learning whereby students were recognized for learning gained outside the classroom—including prior learning through experience. Letter grades were available, but they were always optional. Students designed their own degree plans.

During the 1980s, enrollment grew from around 1,000 students to over 2,500 students. The university expanded its programs to 30 baccalaureate programs as the state increased funding for the institution.[8]

The university began admitting freshmen and sophomores and adopted general education requirements and a grading policy with grade point averages in 1994. In 1992, the main campus of the university moved to a permanent campus that is located in the Dayton's Bluff section of east Saint Paul.[8] The university maintained a commitment to offering classes in spaces throughout the metropolitan area. Today the main campus is located in Saint Paul, and additional campus facilities are located in Midway, Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park.

During the 2009–2010 school year, Metro State enrolled 6,000 full-time equivalent students. From 2008 to June 30, 2014, Sue K. Hammersmith was Metro State's president. During Hammersmith's six-year tenure, the number of degrees conferred increased by 38%. Devinder Malhotra became Metro State's president on July 1, 2014. During the 2014–2015 school year, Metro State served 12,000 full and part-time students. Virginia Arthur was Metro State's provost from 2012 until 2016 when she became the university's president.

Presidents edit

  • David E. Sweet (1972–1977)
  • Reatha King (1977–1988)
  • Charles Graham (1988–1989)
  • Tobin Barrozo (1989–1992)
  • Richard Green (1993–1993)
  • Susan Cole (1993–1998)
  • Dennis Nielsen (1998–2000)
  • Wilson G. Bradshaw (2000–2007)
  • William Lowe (2007–2008)
  • Sue Hammersmith (2008–2014)
  • Devinder Malhotra (2014–2016)[9]
  • Virginia Arthur (2016–present)[10]

Academics edit

As part of its mission to educate working adults and non-traditional students, Metro State previously had an open admissions policy with rolling applications accepted throughout the year.[8][11] According to U.S. News & World Report's 2022 "Best Colleges" ranking guide, Metro State University is a 'national university' with a 56% acceptance rate.[12]

Metro State offers 62 undergraduate degree programs, a self-designed B.A. degree in liberal arts, a self-designed/individualized B.A. degree, and three undergraduate certificates through its four colleges and three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Management, the College of Health, Community and Professional Studies, the School of Nursing, the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, the School of Urban Education and the College of Individualized Studies.[13]

Metro State University offers 25 master's degree programs, an MA or MS degree in individualized studies, and an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in liberal studies. The university also offers eleven graduate certificate programs. In 2007, Metro State began offering an applied doctor of nursing practice degree. Metro State launched the first applied doctorate in business administration within the Minnesota State system during fall semester 2010. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is the largest in Minnesota. Moreover, graduates of Metro State's accounting program consistently place among the top-10 finishers in Minnesota's exacting CPA examination.[14] Altogether, Metro State offers a total of 108 undergraduate and graduate academic degrees and certificates—this does not include any undergraduate minor programs.[15]

Accreditation edit

The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),[16] the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)[17] and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).[18] Metro State is also accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB), the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In addition, Metro State has received recognition and endorsements from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and from the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.[19][20]

Student demographics edit

Undergraduate student body composition as of May 2, 2022
Race and ethnicity[21] Total
White 44% 44
Black 23% 23
Asian 18% 18
Hispanic 7% 7
Other[a] 4% 4
Foreign national 2% 2
Native American 1% 1
Economic diversity
Low-income[b] 73% 73
Affluent[c] 27% 27

Based on data from the 2016–2017 academic year, 45% of Metro State University's student body were students of color, while 4% were from out-of-state and 2% were international. 42% of students were male and 58% were female.[22] Metro State's students ranged in age from 15 to 84. Metro State's Class of 2015 had an 82% licensure exam pass rate. Metro State has a 67% six-year graduation rate.

  1. ^ Other consists of Multiracial Americans & those who prefer to not say.
  2. ^ The percentage of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant intended for low-income students.
  3. ^ The percentage of students who are a part of the American middle class at the bare minimum.

Student accommodations edit

Metro State University accommodates the needs of working adults by scheduling many of its classes in the evening and on weekends. It is possible for recent graduates of Minneapolis and St. Paul public high schools to attend Metro State tuition free.[5]

Library edit

In 2002, the Minnesota legislature approved funding for the construction of a library at the St. Paul campus; the building opened during spring semester 2004. The library also houses a branch of the Saint Paul Public Library. This is the only university/public library partnership in the state of Minnesota and one of only a few nationwide.[citation needed]

In order to encourage the spiritual development of students and members of the community, the library built the David Barton Community Labyrinth and Reflective Garden, named in honor of the library's first dean. The labyrinth is open to the public and has been the setting for several events.[23]

Notable alumni edit

Metro State's first graduating class consisted of 12 people on February 1, 1973. As of December 9, 2023 - Metro State has 54,768 alumni. Notable alumni include:

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "2019 Minnesota State Legislative Databook" (PDF). Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System website. Minnesota State System. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Metropolitan State University - Student Population and Demographics".
  4. ^ "Majors and Programs". Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  5. ^ a b Metropolitan State University: Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Archived 2006-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Higher Learning Commission".
  7. ^ "Dr. David E. Sweet, 51, Dies; Head of Rhode Island College". The New York Times. 1984-09-18.
  8. ^ a b c d "University history". Metropolitan State University. Retrieved Apr 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "Foundation Report 30 Years" (PDF). Metro State University Foundation. Metro State University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Dr. Ginny Arthur Appointed President". Metro State News. Metro State University. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Metropolitan State University". Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2023-08-18.
  12. ^ U.S. News & World Report 2022 "Best Colleges" guidebook, page 62.
  13. ^ "Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  14. ^ [dead link]"Top 10 Merits of Metropolitan State". Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  15. ^ "Majors and programs". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  16. ^ "Details - ACBSP". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  17. ^ "CCNE-Accredited Nursing Degree Programs". Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  18. ^ "Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) - Directory". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  19. ^ "Higher Education Endorsement Program". Institute of Management Accountants. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  20. ^ "Map | CAE Community". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  21. ^ "College Scorecard: Metropolitan State University". United States Department of Education. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  22. ^ "Key Facts at a Glance". Archived from the original on 2016-04-21.
  23. ^ "Labyrinth – Library and Information Services: Metropolitan State University". Retrieved Apr 20, 2021.
  24. ^ "Senator Kenneth S. Kelash DFL District 63". Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-30.

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