Michigan's College Access & Success Strategy


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Michigan's College Access & Success Strategy

  1. 1. Michigan’s College Access & Success Strategy MACA Meeting Muskegon, MI April 15, 2010 Brandy Johnson-Faith College Access Coordinator Michigan College Access Network Office of the Governor
  3. 3. agenda <ul><li>Quick snapshot of Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an overview of the state’s major college access strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss services and opportunities available through MCAN </li></ul><ul><li>Provide updates on federal, state and local policy initiatives related to postsecondary education access and completion. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer your questions </li></ul>
  4. 4. A snapshot of Michigan
  5. 5. Where Michigan Stands
  6. 7. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)
  7. 8. Who we are? <ul><li>A comprehensive statewide college access strategy, including: </li></ul><ul><li>A coordinating body that serves as the state’s leader and authority on college access and success and provides support to Michigan’s college access organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>A network of community-based and campus-based college access professionals working together to increase college participation and completion. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Mission, vision, & Goal <ul><li>Mission: MCAN will dramatically increase the college participation and completion rate in Michigan, particularly among low-income and/or first-generation students of all ages. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision: In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and strong communities based on a highly-educated population, MCAN will work to ensure that everyone in Michigan has the opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: MCAN’s goal is to increase the proportion of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees and credentials from 34% to 60% by the year 2025. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Michigan college access network <ul><li>December 2004: The Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth (The Cherry Commission) </li></ul><ul><li>June 2008: College Access Challenge Grant </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008 – March 2009: College Access Working Group </li></ul><ul><li>April 2009: Governor’s Education Summit – “Breaking through Barriers: Building a Network for College Access & Success” </li></ul><ul><li>May 2009 – September 2009: MCAN Ad Hoc Steering Committee </li></ul><ul><li>September 2009: The Kresge Foundation Grant </li></ul><ul><li>November 2009: Michigan Pre-College & Youth Outreach Conference, Launch KnowHow2GO Campaign, Announce MCAN Grants </li></ul><ul><li>February 2010: Award first round of MCAN Grants </li></ul>
  10. 11. MCAN Members <ul><li>Community-focused College Access Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education Access Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Like-minded Education Non-profit Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Institutions and Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Organizations </li></ul>
  11. 12. MCAN Strategies <ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Start, strengthen, expand, and duplicate high-quality local college access networks, including technical assistance and sustainability support </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate major statewide initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen partner initiatives </li></ul>
  12. 13. MCAN Strategies <ul><li>Implement Statewide College Access Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan College Access Portal (MiCAP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KnowHow2GOMichigan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partner with Aligned Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promise Zones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieving the Dream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KCP/GEAR UP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National College Advising Corps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Transcripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Imagine Fund </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Advocacy <ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create and implement transparent higher ed readiness standards aligned across K12 and higher ed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand outreach programs/local networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support increases in need-based student aid </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Completion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve P-20 Longitudinal Data System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link accountability to success and completion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect policies for higher education and workforce development </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. MCAN Grant opportunities <ul><li>MCAN Grants for Community-based Local College Access Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Startup Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Round 1: $250,000+ to 17 communities </li></ul><ul><li>Round 2: Due August </li></ul><ul><li>Not meant to expand individual programs working individually </li></ul>
  15. 16. Local College Access Networks <ul><li>Community-based college access coordinating body </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by a team of community and education leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to dramatically increasing the college going/completion rates within their community </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate programs, services, and resources that lower the barriers preventing students, particularly low-income and first-generation students, from pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities </li></ul>
  16. 17. Local CAN Services
  17. 18. MCAN Communities
  18. 19. Implement/ Statewide Initiatives <ul><li>Michigan College Access Portal (MiCAP) </li></ul><ul><li>KnowHow2GOMichigan </li></ul>
  19. 20. The Michigan college access portal (MiCap) <ul><li>Web-based one-stop-shop portal for students to plan, apply, and pay for college </li></ul><ul><li>Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul>
  20. 21. Knowhow2goMichigan campaign
  21. 22. Knowhow2go michigan <ul><li>Lumina-funded national college awareness public-awareness campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to encourage and prepare low-income students to take the necessary steps toward college. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiyear, multimedia public-service advertisements (including television, radio, and outdoor) urge young people to find someone who can help them get to college and direct students and their mentors to a Web site and other resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Also features a grassroots network of educational institutions, youth organizations, community groups that offer support to students. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Knowhow2go michigan <ul><li>Step 1: Be a Pain! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Capital </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Push Yourself! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Find the Right Fit! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigating the Admissions Process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Put Your Hands on Some Cash! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Affordability </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Knowhow2go <ul><li>Customized Michigan website – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.knowhow2gomichigan.org </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Partner Initiatives <ul><li>Michigan College Advising Corps </li></ul><ul><li>Promise Zones </li></ul>
  25. 26. Michigan college advising corps <ul><li>Michigan just became 12 th partner state in NCAC. </li></ul><ul><li>Places recent graduates of University of Michigan as college advisers in underserved high schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Work in communities to provide the advising and encouragement that students need to navigate college admissions. Advisers works full-time to help students plan their college searches, complete admissions and financial aid applications, and enroll at schools that will serve them well. </li></ul><ul><li>Meant to supplement (not supplant) counselors. </li></ul><ul><li>Near-peer model: Advisors are near in age and, often, circumstance </li></ul>
  26. 27. Promise zones <ul><li>Modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise </li></ul><ul><li>Unique public-private partnership that uses a promise of college tuition as a strategy to drive academic reform, community revitalization, and economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Our Promise Zones include: Baldwin, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Hazel Park, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon, Pontiac, Saginaw </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved! </li></ul>
  27. 28. Federal update – safra <ul><li>Included in health care reconciliation </li></ul><ul><li>100% Direct Lending </li></ul><ul><li>Increases max Pell Grant to $5,550 in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Increase funding for College Access Challenge Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Makes federal loans more affordable to repay </li></ul><ul><li>$2 billion for community colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Saves taxpayers $61 billion/year </li></ul>
  28. 29. Conclusion Questions?
  29. 30. Contact info Brandy Johnson-Faith [email_address] (517) 335-5113