College Access Advocacy Day Reflections

Every day, thousands of individuals work to assist students and families with the college going process. From searching for scholarships and grants to determining the best college to attend, our state is full of college access champions who are committed to increasing Michigan’s degree attainment rate one student at a time. While we know these efforts have a huge impact, we also know that many of the barriers facing nontraditional college students can only be addressed through policy. 

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) strives to serve as Michigan's authority on college access and success issues through policy and advocacy. We work diligently to advocate for policy reforms that expand postsecondary opportunities for low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color.

Last week, over sixty college access champions visited the state capitol for MCAN’s first College Access Advocacy Day.  The event provided an opportunity for Local College Access Networks, promise zones, and other college access and success programs to meet with state legislators and discuss Michigan’s educational challenges and opportunities.   Participants rallied around several priorities, including:

  • Adoption of a postsecondary education attainment goal (60% degree attainment by 2025)
  • Adequate funding for Michigan’s colleges and universities as they support Michigan students toward degree completion
  • Increased financial assistance to Michigan students as they pursue postsecondary education
  • Support for House Bill 4181, which specifies that 50 of the 150 required professional development hours for school counselors must be dedicated to college and career counseling

We hope that each participant in our inaugural College Access Advocacy Day felt empowered by the experience and will use the training and resources to continue their advocacy efforts in the weeks and months ahead.

If you would like more information on MCAN’s Advocacy Strategy, visit or contact MCAN staff members Brandy Johnson or Sarah Anthony. 

Sarah Anthony

Author: Sarah Anthony, Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Posted: April 25, 2017

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