Achieving the Dream

Program Spotlight

We all know that community college is a great postsecondary option for many students. In fact, nearly one half of all students AchievingDreamseeking higher education choose to attend a community college. Unfortunately, only 52 percent of Michigan students successfully complete a degree, earn a certificate, or transfer to another institution within six years.

Achieving the Dream is a national initiative leading the most comprehensive, evidence-based reform movement in history, for community college student success in higher education. Through the Achieving the Dream College Completion Innovation Fund, the Michigan College Access Network, in partnership with The Kresge Foundation, has supported several Michigan colleges in their quest to improve student outcomes. These grants have assisted colleges in creating, expanding and sustaining research-based interventions that help more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, persist through degree completion. 

This year, MCAN awarded funding to Bay College, Jackson College and Lake Michigan College. Each of these colleges has developed unique and innovative programs to promote student success and improve student outcomes.  Over the next few weeks, we will showcase these institutions and how each is working to make a college degree a reality for students in Michigan. Watch our blog to learn more!

Sarah Anthony headshot 2013Author: Sarah Anthony, director of finance and strategic partnerships, Michigan College Access Network

Posted: April 1, 2015

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