Stronger Nation, Stronger Michigan: 2018 Update on Michigan’s Progress Toward Goal 2025

At the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) our goal is to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2025.

Last month, 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 that are specific to Michigan:

  • Michigan’s official postsecondary attainment rate is now 43.7 percent for Michigan residents ages 25-64. This number includes associate degrees or higher as well as high-quality postsecondary certificates and is a slight increase from last year.
  • Since 2008, Michigan’s postsecondary attainment rate has increased by 8.1 percentage points.
  • 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, compared to their white and Asian counterparts.
  • Michigan is still behind the national average by 3.2 percentage points.

While we are encouraged by our state’s attainment increase, we know we must continue to do better to reach Goal 2025. Our executive director, Brandy Johnson, recently had an op-ed in Bridge magazine highlighting the need for our state to prioritize higher education following Detroit and Grand Rapid’s failed bid for Amazon.

MCAN supports various initiatives to make our goal a reality, including training and professional development, grant-making, and advocacy at the local and state level. Through innovative partnerships, we strive to ensure that every student knows they are college material. 

To view the full report, please visit the Strong Nation website and share this data locally with your community.


Author: Jamie Jacobs, Senior Director of Capacity Building
Posted: March 6, 2018

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