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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

M State shall by October 1 of each year publish and distribute an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report as required by the Campus Security Act of 1990. A copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at Student Development Services on each campus and on the college website. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding any documented activity on campus or off campus if such activity takes place during an event sponsored by an organization recognized by the college.


Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review

In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) and Minnesota Statutes 152. Drugs; Controlled Substances, 340A. Liquor, and 624.701 Alcohol in Certain Buildings or Grounds, the college has prepared the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review - 2016 report. It is available below for your review:


Sexual Assault Data Report

M State makes information regarding the Minnesota Sexual Assault Date Report available on its website, in accordance with state and federal regulations.


Gainful Employment Program Disclosures

Gainful employment programs are those "that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Public institutions are required to report this information for all undergraduate and graduate programs that are Title IV eligible and that lead to certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates or specialist awards.

Degree programs at all levels are not considered to be gainful employment programs.

Each disclosure document includes the name of the Gainful Employment Program as well as a list of each of M State's approved programs in this group.


Gainful Employment Data Privacy/Suppression

If the number of students who completed a Gainful Employment Program during the award year was less than ten, for privacy reasons, the college or university should not disclose to the public the median debt amounts and the on-time completion rates.

Because placement rate information is reported based on system standards and methodology, total employment and related employment rates are not disclosed if the number of students employed is less than six.

For more information on the data collected on each programs disclosure form, please click here.


Completion and Transfer Rates

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Student Right-To-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

What is Student Right-To-Know?

Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State).

What is a graduation rate and what is a transfer-out rate?

Federal regulations specify how to calculate the graduation and transfer rates. The rates come from a study of M State students who started at the college in the fall of 2011. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree at the college. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from M State within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from M State, but instead transferred to another college or university within three years.

What do I need to know about these rates?

These rates do not report on all students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The 801 first-time, full-time students in the study represent about 12 percent of all students enrolled in fall of 2011.

What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for Minnesota State Community and Technical College students and how do they compare to rates for other colleges?

· The graduation rate for M State was 33 percent.

· The transfer-out rate for M State was 16 percent.

· The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for M State was 49 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 39 percent.

Why don't more Minnesota State Community and Technical College students graduate or transfer in three years?

· Since M State has an "open door" mission, many new students need to take "developmental" courses to improve their reading, writing or math skills before taking other college courses;

· Students who switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or "stop out" for one or more semesters are more likely to take more than three years to graduate;

· Some students take jobs before they graduate;

· Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.

Disaggregated Student Right-to-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Graduation Rate

Transfer-Out Rate

Combined Rate

Total Cohort




Race Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native








Black or African American




Hispanic of any race




Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander




Nonresident Alien




Two or more races




Unknown race and ethnicity

















Financial Aid

Pell Grant Recipient




Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans




Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell




* Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up.

Questions related to this report should be directed to: Steve Erickson, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, at 218-846-3721 or

While reviewing this information, please bear in mind:

• Graduation and transfer-out rates are based on three years of attendance that equates to 150 percent of our longest program.

• Graduation (and transfer-out) rates do not include students who left the school to serve in the armed forces, on official church missions or in the foreign service of the federal government. Students who died or were totally and permanently disabled are also excluded.


Retention Rates


Retention Data Disclosure

How Disclosed:

Made available through appropriate publications, mailings or electronic media.

Office/Person Responsible: Institutional Research

Institutions must make available to current and prospective students the retention rate of certificate- or degree-seeking, first-time, undergraduate students [as reported to IPEDS].

(This information is collected in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey.) [If the retention rate information is requested by a prospective student, the information must be made available prior to the student's enrolling or entering into any financial obligation with the institution.]

First to second year retention rates of first-time degree-seeking undergraduates: Fall 2015

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