The quality of a university is measured, in large part, by the quality of its students. At present,
the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is seventh in the Big Ten in percent of students from the
top 10% of their high school classes. It is tenth (out of 11) in the Big Ten in its overall retention
of students through the end of their first year, retaining 84% of its students versus 96% for the
top-ranked Big Ten University. A significant portion of the state’s most talented students attend
college out of state, and the University of Minnesota does not bring into Minnesota a comparable
share of the best and brightest from other states. If the University of Minnesota is to achieve its
goal of becoming one of the top public research universities in the world, and if it is to both
retain within the state and attract to the state an increased number of highly talented individuals,
the University must create new mechanisms for attracting top students.
Documents (final report and executive summary) providing recommendations to improve honors programs at the University by reducing class size, offering mentor research or creative work, providing academic choice, offering faculty mentors, assisting in priority or fast-track admission to professional schools and increasing advertising of University honors programs.
Sikkink, Kathryn; Tilman, David.
Transforming the University: Final Recommendations of the Task Force on Undergraduate Reform: Honors.
University of Minnesota.
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