Stronger Nation, Stronger Michigan: Tracking Michigan’s Progress Toward Goal 2025

The Michigan College Access Network works to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2025. This goal, which was adopted from the Lumina Foundation, fuels our sense of urgency, shapes our policy agenda, and informs our programs and grantmaking.

In May, Lumina Foundation released its annual Stronger Nation report which provides a progress report on our country’s postsecondary educational attainment rate.  MCAN uses this data to educate statewide and local stakeholders on Michigan residents’ educational achievements beyond high school.   Here are a few highlights from the report:

  • For the seventh year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased by 7.8 percentage points. 
  • Michigan’s official postsecondary attainment rate is now 43.4%. This number includes associate degrees or higher as well as high-quality postsecondary certificates.
  • While our state has seen increases over the years, we continue to see significant gaps in educational attainment among African American, Hispanic, and Native American students and their White and Asian counterparts.

While we are encouraged by our state’s steady attainment increases, we must take bold action if we want to reach Goal 2025.  As a member of the Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission, MCAN advocated for the state of Michigan to adopt a goal of 70% or more of our 25-year olds having completed a college degree, occupational certificate, apprenticeship, or formal training by the year 2025.  MCAN also supported the commission’s recommendation an elimination of the equity gap by 2025.

We strongly encourage you to review our state’s data and to widely share the information throughout your networks.


Author: Brandy Johnson, Executive Director
Posted: Aug. 1, 2017



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