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Report Details Michigan Postsecondary Success Rates

The Center for Educational Performance and Information has just released the 2015 report on 
State of Michigan Postsecondary Success. CEPI began collecting student-level data starting with the 2009-10 enrollment class. The report, created in partnership with Michigan's' higher education community, works to identify more consistent and reliable measures to calculate the state rates. The rates represent part- and full-time enrollment; mobility between institutions; four-year degree attainment; and two-year degree attainment or transfer from a community college. Also included are rates for other academic accomplishments, including certificate completion. 
 
Michigan College Access Network is thrilled that our state has a source for such honest, informative data related to postsecondary attainment. In fact, Michigan is a national leader in calculating and reporting postsecondary success rates for its public institutions. MCAN applauds the Center for Educational Performance and Information for self-reporting this aggregate data. In order for our state to continue moving the needle as we progress toward Goal2025, we must always be willing to take a hard look at our strengths and weaknesses, so that we can better assist students in reaching for, and attaining, postsecondary education. 
 
For Local College Access Networks and other community stakeholders that have prioritized college enrollment and persistence, this data provides a helpful tool to inform local strategies. To learn more or to download the report, visit MI School Data
 
 

Posted: July 20, 2016
Author: Jamie Jacobs, director of capacity building

College Changes Everything: Marceil Davis

This video blog is the sixth of eight installments in a series that profiles college access professionals. During the selected interviews, participants explain how college proved to be a “game changer” in their lives. Interviews will appear on MCAN's blog every Tuesday, June 14 through August 2. 

Name
Marceil Davis

College Attended
Central Michigan University

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Applied Arts

Current Job Title/Employer
Academic Advisor, Center for Inclusion and Diversity at Central Michigan University

Year of College Graduation
May 2010

Who, if anyone, encouraged you most to attend college?
I was encouraged by high school teachers, coaches, and mentors to attend college. As a high school student, I participated in the King Chavez Parks program and was motivated to attend college by seeing college students who looked like me.

What surprised you most about college?
I was surprised most by the plethora of opportunities and resources available to me in college. I was amazed by the fact that I made it to college without the resources others may have come with, but I had the same access to the university resources in which they had access. Going to college was a new start for me socially and academically.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while attending college?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome while attending college was financial instability. Each year I started a new semester of college unsure about where I would stay because I didn’t have the funds for housing. 

Where do you think you'd be/what might you be doing if you hadn't attended college?
College changed my life. College saved my life. I am a firm believer that I may be dead or in jail if I hadn’t gone to college.

Feel free to expand on your video response to tell us more about how/why college was a “game changer” for you.
All the odds were stacked against me as a black male foster kid from Flint. As I reflect on my childhood and think about my friends and family who went down paths of incarceration and death, I realize it could’ve easily been me. I was on course to become a “statistic.” Through the urging and guidance of my adopted mother, I became involved with King Chavez Parks and other programs in my community which connected me with mentors who exposed me to college and pushed college as the next step for me. Additionally, I had very supportive teachers and coaches who made it known to me that they not only wanted me to go to college, but expected me to do so. College changed my trajectory and saved my life.

College Changes Everything: Cari Bushinski

This video blog is the fifth of eight installments in a series that profiles college access professionals. During the selected interviews, participants explain how college proved to be a “game changer” in their lives. Interviews will appear on MCAN's blog every Tuesday, June 14 through August 2. 

Name
Cari Bushinski

Colleges Attended
Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University

Degrees Earned
Elementary Education (B.A) , Educational Administration and Leadership (M.A)

Current Job Title/Employer
Director of Instruction, Northwest Community Schools

Year of College Graduation
Western Michigan University 1990, Eastern Michigan University 2006

Who, if anyone, encouraged you most to attend college? 
My best friend's family

What surprised you most about college?
The multitude of choices

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while attending college?
Homesickness 

Where do you think you'd be/what might you be doing if you hadn't attended college?
Waitressing

Feel free to expand on your video response to tell us more about how/why college was a “game changer” for you. 
College was a game changer for me in many ways.  I have grown tremendously intellectually, socially, emotionally, and creatively because of my collegiate experiences and opportunities that have resulted in having a college degree.

 

Posted: July 12, 2016

College Changes Everything: Jonathan Lockwood

This video blog is the fourth of eight installments in a series that profiles college access professionals. During the selected interviews, participants explain how college proved to be a “game changer” in their lives. Interviews will appear on MCAN's blog every Tuesday, June 14 through August 2. 

 

 

Name
Jonathan Isiah Lockwood

Colleges Attended
Alpena Community College (2011-12), Saginaw Valley State University (2012-15)

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts in History and Minor in English

Current Job Title/Employer
College Adviser, Michigan College Access Network’s AdviseMI program

Year of College Graduation
Saginaw Valley State University, 2015

Who, if anyone, encouraged you most to attend college?
My father. He always told me I was going to go to college because he was first generation in his family and it changed his life.

What surprised you most about college?
The people! I met people from all over the United States and the world. I never imagined I would have met my best friends in college, but I did. 

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while attending college?
Passing math classes! I was terrible at mathematics, so I had to spend a lot of time in the tutoring center. That was a hurdle because I thought everyone was going to judge me for going there and not being smart enough to just pass the class. However, everyone at the tutoring center was really great and the majority of students being tutored were fellow classmates who I thought would never need tutoring. 

Where do you think you'd be/what might you be doing if you hadn't attended college?
I would most likely have joined the service. Or be working in Alpena with my old summer job doing roofing.

Feel free to expand on your video response to tell us more about how/why college was a “game changer” for you.
College was a game changer because it allowed me to find my passions and explore them, both in and out of the classroom. I found subjects I was passionate about in my major and outside the classroom I found things I was passionate about like volunteering. I learned that volunteering was the most rewarding thing someone can do with their time. It helped me to become a more aware and involved citizen in my local community. 

Posted: July 5, 2016

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