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MCAN Applauds Recent Tuition Equality Policy Changes at EMU and GVSU

Lansing, MI – December 17, 2013 – Last week the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University passed tuition equality policies, offering in-state tuition to qualifying undocumented students. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) applauds the Board of Regents for their decisions and prioritizing access to college for all Michigan students.

Michigan currently is one of several states that is a neutral state. This meaning they have no policy that awards nor denies undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. According to a 2010 report published by the Migrant Policy Institute, as many as twenty-nine thousand undocumented youth and young adults live in Michigan.

“A student’s status as an undocumented student living in Michigan should not deny him or her access to college. MCAN is thrilled to learn of the tuition equality policy changes and hopes other universities in Michigan will consider the same,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director.

EMU and GVSU are the 5th and 6th public universities in the state to create such policies. The policies will begin taking effect in the fall of 2014. In 2006, Ferris State University was the first school in the state to award in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduated from Michigan high schools. Since, Western Michigan University passed a policy in 2008 followed by the University of Michigan in the summer of 2013 and Wayne State University in September.

About Michigan College Access Network
MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan’s culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school.
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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Guidebook Helps Communities Develop College Access Strategy

New Book ‘Charting the Course’ now available at www.micollegeaccess.org

Lansing, MI – July 8, 2013 – Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) introduces Charting the Course: A community’s guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact. The guidebook is designed to support communities as they develop robust college access strategies using the collective impact framework.

Charting the Course is organized in three parts. Part I addresses the larger framework for integrating the five conditions of collective impact within the context of college access. Part II takes the reader through the chronological and procedural steps for implementing a local college access network (LCAN). Part III includes case studies from LCANs across Michigan and templates developed by MCAN to assist communities in executing and embedding the strategies. Funding from Lumina Foundation allowed MCAN to provide technical assistance to eight Michigan communities, conduct research on best practices, and develop Charting the Course.

“Communities interested in addressing the barriers present in their community that are stopping residents from accessing education beyond high school can use Charting the Course to build and embed a collaborative process for improving college attainment rates,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network Executive Director.

Collective impact, as defined by Kania and Kramer in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, is the concept that large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination of nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public around a common agenda to create a collective impact. The five conditions of collective impact are:

  • Common agenda
  • Shared measurement systems
  • Mutually reinforcing activities
  • Continuous communication
  • Backbone support infrastructure

In addition to utilizing Charting the Course in their college access strategies, communities in Michigan are encouraged to apply for grants available through MCAN and participate in learning opportunities via webinars and the annual Michigan College Access Network conference.

“The guidebook joins MCAN’s suite of support resources and services as we work to increase the proportion of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025,” said Johnson.

MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan’s culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school. Since 2010, MCAN has provided 50+ communities with more than $1.8 million. This seed funding is designed to help Michigan’s Local College Access Networks (LCANs) establish cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to dramatically increase the community’s college-going rate. LCANs set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results, and hold partners accountable for performance.

Charting the Course: A community’s guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact is available by downloading for free or purchasing a hard copy 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. You can also find MCAN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/micollegeaccess.

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