MCAN welcomes Michael Rice as State Superintendent pick

The following statement is from Ryan Fewins-Bliss, interim executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in response to Michigan’s Board of Education choosing Michael Rice as State Superintendent.

“Superintendent Rice has the vision and dedication to strengthen public education in Michigan,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, interim executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “Superintendent Rice has demonstrated a commitment to students and innovation in education serving as superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools and working to close an achievement gap among students. His experience and passion for learning make him a great choice, and we look forward to working with him to give Michigan, and its students, an advantage in education.”


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 eighth 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 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019.  It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit

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