Building Bridges: The Creation of the MCAN Higher Education Advisory Board

Recently, we formally established the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) Higher Education Advisory Board. The board, comprised of higher educational institutions across the state, will work collaboratively to increase college access and completion rates throughout the state of Michigan. By partnering directly with colleges and universities, we hope to strengthen our relationship with higher education institutions and, in doing so, get closer to reaching our Big Goal – 60 percent degree attainment by 2025.

MCAN works closely with local communities in order to build a college-going culture and lower barriers for students as they prepare for life after high school. That’s why we’re so thrilled to be fostering and formalizing a relationship with higher education institutions across Michigan. So far, there are 57 colleges and universities represented within the MCAN Higher Education Advisory Board — 85 percent of all public and private college and universities in the state! They are:

Adrian College Kalamazoo College Northwood University
Alma College Kalamazoo Valley Community College  Oakland Community College
Andrews University  Kellogg Community College Oakland University
Aquinas College Lake Michigan College Olivet College
Baker College Lake Superior State University Saginaw Valley State University
Bay College Lansing Community College Schoolcraft College
Calvin College Macomb Community College Siena Heights University
Central Michigan University  Madonna University Southwestern Michigan College
Cleary University Marygrove College Spring Arbor University
College for Creative Studies  Michigan State University St. Clair County Community College
Concordia University Ann Arbor  Michigan Technical University University of Detroit Mercy
Cornerstone University Mid-Michigan Community College University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Delta College Monroe County Community College University of Michigan-Dearborn
Eastern Michigan University Montcalm Community College University of Michigan-Flint
Ferris State University Mott Community College Walsh College
Glen Oaks Community College Muskegon Community College Wayne County Community College
Grand Rapids Community College  North Central Michigan College Wayne State University
Grand Valley State University Northern Michigan University West Shore Community College
Jackson College Northwestern Michigan College Western Michigan University

By having a formal relationship – and a single point of contact from each college and university – the MCAN Higher Education Advisory Board will help inform and shape college access programming by providing feedback on our strategies from a higher education perspective. We are confident that the group will strengthen our local college access networks, statewide initiatives and the AdviseMI program.

MCAN is dedicated to making college accessible for all Michigan residents. As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. We’re thrilled to be collaborating more closely with colleges and universities across the state and look forward to working collectively toward Goal 2025.

To learn more about the MCAN Higher Education Advisory Board, visit

Author: Brandy Johnson, Executive Director, Michigan College Access Network
Posted: April 7, 2017

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