Executive Director of Michigan College Access Network to receive national award

Brandy Johnson will receive the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Centennial Award for Excellence

APRIL 3, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) executive director Brandy Johnson will receive the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Centennial Award for Excellence for her positive contributions to the college access movement. The AACRAO Centennial Award for Excellence is presented to an individual who has influenced the education community in a progressive manner, while supporting the mission of the organization.  

“I’m honored to have been nominated and to be recognized on a national level for the work our organization is doing to reach our goal of 60 percent degree attainment among Michigan residents by the year 2025,” said Johnson. “It has been both a personal and professional mission of mine to advocate for postsecondary education since I attended college as a first generation college-going student.”

Johnson’s active leadership and passion for higher education has aided in the development and growth of MCAN, in addition to the college access movement nationally.

MCAN supports statewide and local efforts geared towards expanding postsecondary education in Michigan. The organization works to develop partnerships with local, state and national organizations in the education sector, train high school counselors and direct service providers in college and career advising and works with high schools to implement college initiatives such as Michigan College Month, and College Decision Day.

In addition, Johnson has partnered with organizations across the state representing philanthropy, government, business, nonprofit, K-12 and higher education sectors to address the social, academic and financial barriers preventing students from pursing postsecondary education. To sustain MCAN and their efforts of investing in Michigan’s college access movement, Brandy and her team has raised over $10 million in federal, state and private funds. 

Johnson will accept her award on April 2 at the AACRAO annual meeting in Minneapolis.


About Michigan College Access Network

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.


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Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
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