AdviseMI to Increase Number of College Advisers in High Schools

Program Spotlight: AdviseMI

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With a student-to-counselor ratio exceeding 700-to-1, the Michigan College Access Network recognizes that Michigan high school students need more one-on-one support to complete the complex process of seeking college admission and financial aid. MCAN is committed to expanding the quantity and quality of college-access professionals working in Michigan high schools, which is why it created the AdviseMI program. AdviseMI will partner with 40-50 new high schools that are interested in hosting a full-time college adviser to support the work of school counselors.

Since 2010, MCAN has partnered with the College Advising Corp to establish college-advising programs at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Today, the two programs collectively hire 42 near-peer college advisers who are recent college graduates. The advisers serve 52 high schools and 36,000 students; many of whom are low-income and first-generation, college-going students. Despite major growth in the number of advisers available, many high schools remain in need of such services.

The goal of the AdviseMI program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education. Program advisers will complete an intensive five-week training session that enables them to help students navigate the college-exploration process, take college admissions tests, apply to suitable colleges, complete the Federal Application For Student Aid, and matriculate to college. Advisers serve a critical role as expert, mentor, champion, and guide to the students they serve. They also play a transformative role in the buildings in which they are placed, by partnering with staff and faculty to foster a college-going culture, and providing much-needed supplemental support to school counselors.

During the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year, MCAN will partner with several new universities to recruit, hire, train and support the near-peer advisers who will work on behalf of AdviseMI. MCAN also is now seeking proposals from high school administrators and counselors who wish to dramatically increase their college-going rates through a systemic team approach, and are committed to supporting a dedicated, full-time college adviser.

Interested high schools should complete an application, provide several assurances, and include two letters of support. Participating high schools also must commit to a minimum of three academic years in the program, and provide a portion of funds for the adviser. Host high schools will be announced at the MCAN Annual Conference on April 13, 2015. 

To learn more about the AdviseMI program and view the Request for Proposal, visit If you have questions, contact me by calling (517) 316-1713 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submitting an application is March 16, 2015.

Jamie Jacobs headshot 2013Author: Jamie Jacobs, director of professional development

Posted: Feb. 18, 2015

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