Progress Card

The University of Minnesota Progress Card is a set of institutional metrics designed to be an at-a-glance roadmap of progress in key areas of importance to the institution, the state, and the broader community. The Progress Card is intentionally limited in nature to provide focus on strategic but measurable goals for the institution. The Progress Card is aligned with operational metrics and strategic plans at the campus and system levels.

Types of Measures

The Progress Card has two types of measures: Gold measures, which have quantifiable goals for 2021 with related actions the University can take to meet those goals; and Maroon measures, which provide context, may have directional rather than quantifiable goals, and are not solely within the University’s ability to achieve. Taken together, the Gold and Maroon measures of the Progress Card provide a high-level view of areas of strategic importance to the University and the institution’s progress in achieving related goals.


The Progress Card measures first came before the Board of Regents in a May 2015 work session, which yielded a draft that was further discussed at the July 2015 Board of Regents Annual Retreat and reviewed at the September 2015 Board of Regents meeting. The Progress Card was approved at the October 2015 Board meeting with the provision of additional measures approved in the February 2016 Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting. The first full update of Progress Card data was discussed at the July 2016 Board of Regents meeting. The Progress Card has also been updated mid year with available data for the Accountability Report and in full for July meetings of the Board of Regents. Further information on these meetings is available at