State of the State Survey Reveals College Aspirations and Importance of College Remain High

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State of the State Survey Reveals College Aspirations and Importance of College Remain High
A Check-in: Looking at the College-Going Culture of Michigan Adults

Lansing, MI – March 31, 2014 – More than 96 percent of adults feel a college education is important for a young person in Michigan to be successful in the labor market and their career, according to a new brief, State of the State Survey Winter 2014, A Check-in: Looking at the College-Going Culture of Michigan Adults.

The State of the State Survey (SOSS) reveals the college-going culture among Michigan adults remains strong. More than 96 percent of adults feel a college education is “somewhat important” or “very important” for a young person in Michigan to be successful in the labor market and their career. Also, aspirations are high among those with children under 18. Of those surveyed with children, 93 percent believe it is “somewhat likely” or “very likely” their child will get a college education.

“MCAN believes all students should prepare for college and we are extremely pleased to learn Michigan adults understand the importance of receiving a college degree and aspire for their children to go to college,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network Executive Director.

Although aspirations are high, the survey shows that affordability is still perceived as a barrier for many.  More than 67 percent of Michigan residents “somewhat disagree” or “strongly disagree” that a college education is reasonably affordable for people in Michigan. 

“This gap between college aspirations and affordability needs to be addressed in our state,” said Johnson. “We need to continue to educate today’s youth about the steps to get to college and how it can be affordable, but we also need to continue to work with the leaders of our state to understand the impact affordability is making on building a highly educated workforce in Michigan.”

It is important to note the considerable consistency across different groups in Michigan, whether by sex, race, political affiliation, age or level of education. The same is true when segmenting the data by regions. Regional data disaggregation is available.

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) contracted with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University to measure the college-going culture of adults in the state of Michigan. This was the second time questions were asked to evaluate a college-going culture. It is intended that the three questions will be asked on an annual basis in the fall of each year. The brief, State of the State Survey Winter 2014, A Check-in: Looking at the College-Going Culture of Michigan Adults, is available on the Michigan College Access Network website at www.micollegeaccess.org.

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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 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 www.micollegeaccess.org.  


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