What We Do

MCAN Four Year Strategic Plan: 2017-2021

Since our founding nearly a decade ago, the Michigan College Access Network has known that college changes everything, and perhaps even more critical to our mission is the notion that college is for everyone. We are proud to put forth a strategic plan that works to ensure that each and every student across Michigan has access to the knowledge, tools, and supports to make college a reality.

View MCAN's 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

Our Role 

The way we do our work is also defined by the role that MCAN plays in the college access movement. MCAN’s role is comprehensive and multifaceted, with an emphasis on partnership and collaboration to meet collective goals. Specifically, we:

Build capacity: MCAN builds the capacity of communities through the development of LCANs that set a shared vision for change among community partners. MCAN also builds the advising and counseling capacity of local schools through professional development opportunities and the placement of college advisers.

Convene: MCAN brings together critical leaders and organizations in the college access and success field to have meaningful conversations, identify gaps, and explore opportunities for collaboration. We work to align our efforts with others and encourage our partners to do the same.

Develop partnerships: In recognition that MCAN cannot reach sixty by 2030 alone, we work to forge strong partnerships with like-minded, mission-aligned organizations at the local, state, and national level.

Disseminate data and research: MCAN has access to a variety of data to demonstrate Michigan’s progress toward reaching the Big Goal, as well as the communications network to disseminate research to partners and community stakeholders.

Invest: MCAN provides several grant programs for schools, LCANs, and communities to financially support college access infrastructure and programming.

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