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Central Michigan University's President Ross Elected to Michigan College Access Network Board of Directors

Lansing, MI – Sept. 11, 2013 – Michigan College Access Network board of directors voted on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and unanimously elected Dr. George E. Ross, president of Central Michigan University, to the board of directors.

Ross was identified as an ideal candidate because of his commitment to transparency as it relates to student success and academic excellence and his deep understanding of the transformative power of higher education. A certified public accountant, Ross has a strong financial and educational background and has held positions in corporate and nonprofit finance and management prior to his work in higher education.

"The Michigan College Access Network is committed to increasing college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, and Dr. Ross brings the necessary expertise to ensure we reach our goal of increasing Michigan's college completion rate from 36 percent to 60 percent by the year 2025," said Amy Smitter, Michigan College Access Network board of directors chairperson.

Current board of directors members represent K-12, higher education, youth-serving nonprofit organizations, government, business and philanthropy. Members and their affiliations include:

  • Sharlonda Buckman, executive director, Detroit Parent Network
  • Laura Coleman, president, Bay College
  • Brandee Cooke, former college adviser, Michigan College Advising Corps
  • Dan DeGrow, superintendent, St. Clair County RESA
  • Greg Handel, senior director of workforce development, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • David Lossing, president, Michigan Municipal League board of trustees
  • Catherine M. McNamara, CPA, assurance senior manager, BDO USA, LLP
  • Patrick O'Connor, college counseling department, Cranbrook
  • Rudy Redmond, manager of KCP Initiative, Michigan Workforce Development Corporation
  • George E. Ross, president, Central Michigan University
  • Amy Smitter, director of institutional development, Campus Compact

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 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.

MCAN recently released Charting the Course: A community's guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact, available by downloading for free or purchasing a hard copy at www.micollegeaccess.org/our-network/lcan-guidebook

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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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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Journal of College Access launches through Western Michigan University

KALAMAZOO, MI--Two Michigan college access advocates have launched a new digital academic journal focused on various aspects of the national college access movement.  Drs. Patrick O’Connor and Christopher Tremblay have co-founded the Journal of College Access (JCA).

This journal focuses on the current trends, research, practices, and development of all types of programs, policies, and activities related to the access of and success in postsecondary education.  Issues of college aspiration, qualification, application, enrollment, and persistence are the primary emphases.

The Journal will be housed through Western Michigan University’s ScholarWorks site:  scholarworks.wmich.edu/jcaThis journal becomes the University’s eleventh online journal hosted through ScholarWorks.

JCA is also affiliated with the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) (micollegeaccess.org), a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission to increase college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color.

According to MCAN Executive Director Brandy Johnson, "MCAN is thrilled to support the launch of the Journal of College Access.  It is critical that scholars share promising practices on college access strategies directly with the practitioners who work with students and their families."  MCAN’s mission aligns with the goals of the Journal.

“I was inspired to create this Journal due to the convergence of two aspects of my professional life.  I was nearing the end of my doctorate degree and reflecting on my role with college access and where I saw it going.  A presentation about WMU’s ScholarWorks by Maira Bundza in the WMU libraries prompted me to explore this possibility,” stated Tremblay.

JCA is planning to publish two issues annually.  The inaugural issue is expected to be published in September 2014.  It will feature scholarly and research articles, best practices articles, book reviews, research report critiques, literature reviews, and perspective pieces.

Submissions are currently being accepted for the first issue.  Submissions may be made using the Journal’s website.  Submissions are welcomed from a wide community of practitioners including, but not limited to, college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, college access professionals, and others with an interest in the college access movement.

Members of the editorial board are being assembled and will be announced on the Journal’s website as they are confirmed.

“This is an exciting step forward for the college access field,” said co-editor Patrick O’Connor.  “More than even before, disparate groups are focusing on the vital task of expanding college opportunities for young people.  The Journal will give voice to the goals of these groups, and serve as a center of best practices, emerging theory, and inspiration.”

“We are excited to see that the Journal of College Access has launched with its first call for papers. It will be filling a necessary niche, facilitating scholarly communication between those professionals interested in seeing that all of our youth have access to a college education. As a peer reviewed open access journal, JCA will provide both quality and accessibility,” stated Maira Bundza, manager of ScholarWorks at WMU. 

Tremblay serves as Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at Western Michigan University.  He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Michigan.  Tremblay has been active in multiple local college access networks (LCANs) in Michigan.

O’Connor is Associate Dean for College Counseling at Kingswood Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and is a board member for the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN). 

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Editors:  Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D & Christopher W. Tremblay, Ed.D

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Michigan College Access Network Named One of Constant Contact's 2013 All Stars

Michigan College Access Network recognized for achieving exemplary marketing results

LANSING, MI — March 17, 2014 – The Michigan College Access Network has received the 2013 All Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than half a million small organizations worldwide. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits that are successfully leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base, and drive success for their organization. The Michigan College Access Network’s results ranked among the top 10 percent of Constant Contact’s international customer base.

 

The Michigan College Access Network is committed to increasing college readiness, participation, and completion rates in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color.

 

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and connecting with our network,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “Constant Contact’s tools have helped us connect with community leaders and college access professionals to share current resources and news as it relates to college access.”

 

Constant Contact customers using the company’s Email Marketing tools are eligible for this award. Constant Contact looked at the following criteria to select this year’s All Stars:

  • Level of engagement with email campaigns and events
  • Open, bounce, and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools

“We’re always delighted when small businesses and nonprofits are successful,” said Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact. “We’re honored to recognize the Michigan College Access Network as an All Star, and to be able to shine the spotlight on its achievements in 2013.”

 

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 percent of 25-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8 percent. 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.

 

About Constant Contact, Inc.

Constant Contact wrote the book on Engagement Marketing™ – the new marketing success formula that helps small organizations create and grow customer relationships in today’s socially connected world. More than half a million small businesses, nonprofits and associations worldwide use the company’s online marketing tools to generate new customers, repeat business, and referrals through email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, local deals, digital storefronts, and online surveys.  Only Constant Contact offers the proven combination of affordable tools and free KnowHow, including local seminars, personal coaching and award-winning product support. The company further supports small organizations through its extensive network of consultants/resellers, technology providers, franchises and national associations.

 

Constant Contact and the Constant Contact Logo are registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All Constant Contact product names and other brand names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.        

 

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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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