Metropolitan State University

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This article is about a university in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota. For information on the unaffiliated university in Denver, Colorado, see Metropolitan State University of Denver
Metropolitan State University
Motto Where life and learning meet
Established 1971
Type Public
Endowment $2.6 million[1]
President Dr. Devinder Malhotra
Academic staff 750 community faculty
174 resident faculty
Students 12,000[2]
Location St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA
44°57′25″N 93°4′26″W / 44.95694°N 93.07389°W / 44.95694; -93.07389Coordinates: 44°57′25″N 93°4′26″W / 44.95694°N 93.07389°W / 44.95694; -93.07389
Campus Urban
Nickname Metro State
Affiliations MnSCU
Website www.metrostate.edu

Metropolitan State University is a four-year public university located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, United States. It is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.[3]

History[edit]

Metro State was founded in 1971. The school admitted 50 students in 1972. David E. Sweet was the university's first president.[4] The university initially followed a non-traditional course: students could design their own degree plans, instructors wrote "narrative evaluations" instead of using traditional letter grades, and much of the teaching was done by "community faculty" who had advanced degrees as well as extensive practical work experience in their respective fields. Although Metro State adopted a more traditional format in the 1990s, it still has the College of Individualized Studies (CIS), which allows students to design individualized and/or interdisciplinary degree plans. Until July 1, 2012, the CIS was called First College. Students in the College of Individualized Studies are allowed to design their own majors (typically called "focuses") and curriculums. The individualized degrees are a popular alternative for students who are not interested in traditional "structured" degrees.

When Metropolitan State began, it was a college for working adults. It was strictly an upper-division college, so students could only complete their junior and senior years there. The university began admitting freshmen and sophomores and calculating grade point averages in 1994. Letter grades have always been offered at MSU, but have never been required. MSU operates on the semester system. Until the fall of 1998, it operated on the quarter system. During the 2009-10 school year, MSU enrolled 10,000 full-time and part-time students. This put MSU in the top 12% of colleges by size in the U.S.A. MSU's enrollments are growing by up to 8% per year. From 2008 to June 30, 2014, Dr. Sue K. Hammersmith was Metropolitan State University's president. Under Dr. Hammersmith's leadership, the number of degrees conferred by MSU increased by 38% during her six year tenure. By the year 2020, Dr. Hammersmith and James McCormick, MnSCU's former chancellor, expect Metro State to serve 20,000 students per year. Dr. Devinder Malhotra has been named MSU's interim president. His appointment became effective on July 1, 2014.

Academic profile[edit]

Metro State offers 59 "structured" undergraduate degrees, a self-designed B.A. degree in liberal arts and individualized B.A. degrees 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.[5]

Metropolitan State offers twelve structured master's degree programs and an interdisciplinary master of arts degree in liberal studies. The university also offers eight graduate certificate programs. In 2007, Metro State began offering an applied doctor of nursing practice degree. Metro State's B.A. and M.S. programs in technical communication are the largest programs of their kind in the United States.

Metro State launched the first applied doctorate of business administration program in the history of the MnSCU system during fall semester 2010. Although a number of schools in the region — such as the University of Minnesota — offer Ph.D.s in Business Administration, there are only four regionally accredited colleges in the entire Upper Midwest that offer Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degrees. Metropolitan State University is the only public school in the Upper Midwest that offers a D.B.A. degree. The three private schools that offer D.B.A. degrees are Argosy University (Eagan, MN), St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA), and Capella University (a completely online school based in Minneapolis, MN). Metro State's B.S. in accounting program is the largest in Minnesota. It is also widely recognized as one of the best accounting programs in Minnesota.

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Council on Social Work Education.[6] Metropolitan State's graduates have the highest pass rate on professional certification exams (i.e., law enforcement, nursing, CPA, teaching) of any MnSCU university.

Demographics[edit]

In 2001 the university had 135 Hmong students.[7] Based upon data from August, 2010, admissions to Metropolitan State University by race are: Non-Resident Aliens 2.1% (151 students), Black Non-Hispanic 12.1% (871 students), Hispanic 4.6% (330 students), Asian/Pacific Islander 8.7% (623 students), American Indian 3.5% (251 students), Unknown 4.6% (327 students), White 64.4% (4621 students).[8][9] Students by gender: Male 41.9% and Female 58.1%.[8][9] Contrary to popular belief, Metro State's students are not primarily inner-city residents, minorities, or first-generation college students. MSU has over 800 military students and veterans -- that's more than any other college in the MnSCU system.

Student accommodations[edit]

Metropolitan State University accommodates the needs of working adults by scheduling many of its classes in the evening and on weekends. The number of daytime course offerings have been increasing in recent years because of the growing demands of students. It is possible for recent graduates of Minneapolis and St. Paul public high schools to attend Metro State tuition free.[3]

Each student attending Metropolitan State University pays a .43 cent per credit fee to fund the Minnesota State University Student Association, a student-lead non-profit that advocates on behalf of all Minnesota state university students. In 1995, Metro State won a highly coveted National (Theodore) Hesburgh Award for innovative and outstanding faculty development. Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony. 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 new library and learning center 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

MSU's first graduating class consisted of twelve people on February 1, 1973. As of May 5, 2014, Metro State has 37,356 alumni. Notable alumni include:

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