Weather Forecast


BSU ranked most efficient MnSCU university

BEMIDJI — The local university has been ranked as the most efficient among all MnSCU universities.

Bemidji State University announced Wednesday the Midwestern Higher Education Compact report ranked BSU highest among the seven state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Based on how many students it graduates compared with an expected graduation rate for its student population.

The effectiveness score suggests how conducive institutional practices are to student success, BSU said in a news release.

Further, BSU ranked second among MnSCU universities in the compact’s efficiency score, which compares a school’s effectiveness score to institutional spending per student.

Both measures indicate institutional practices at BSU are conducive to student success, said Martin Tadlock, BSU provost and vice president of academic affairs, in the release.

"I believe the study reflects positively on our faculty and staff who work very well with students who come from all types of backgrounds and who represent a wide range of college preparation and readiness," Tadlock said. "Places like Bemidji State University continue to serve as a steward of place where public education enhances the quality of life in the region while providing access to people traditionally underserved by private providers.

"Access, high expectations and a constant striving for excellence in our academic programming and in our student support services is transformative. In other words, we take students where they are and we help them excel."

Bemidji State earned a 1.71 score for effectiveness and 0.10 for efficiency in the compact’s report, compared to average scores of -3.56 for effectiveness and -0.14 in efficiency for colleges and universities in Minnesota. Negative effectiveness scores indicate actual graduation rates lower than the expected rate, while positive scores indicate graduation rates that exceed the expected rate. Negative efficiency scores correlate to high per-student expenditures with low graduation rates; positive efficiency scores indicate higher graduation rates with lower per-student expenditures.