The State’s Forward Together campaign was discussed at an event at South Central College this week. The campaign highlights the state’s goal of 70 percent of people age 25 to 44 having some sort of post-secondary educational credential by 2025. Along with that goal is closing the achievement gap for minority communities. Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport says that particular issue is something his college has struggled with until recently.

“I have to honestly acknowledge we haven’t done very well until this last year,” said Davenport. “We increased our retention rate for students of color by four percent. That’s the best we’ve done and we need to continue that.”

Davenport says the hiring of a new vice president for student success has helped the college bring those numbers up.