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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota
Educators of Color (CUGMEC) Grant Program

March 2, 2021

The Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color (CUGMEC) program awards grants to higher education institutions to increase the number of teacher candidates of color and American Indian teacher candidates in Minnesota who can meet certain licensing requirements. The Professional Educator and Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) has generally managed the program well, but it is difficult to measure the program's impact. We make several recommendations to PELSB to improve aspects of its administration of the program and to the Legislature to more clearly define the focus of the program.