College Is

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College is postsecondary education
MCAN uses the term "college" to refer to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.

College is a necessity
Postsecondary education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete a postsecondary credential or degree beyond high school.

College is for everyone
The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. MCAN is committed to closing these gaps.

College is a public good
Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.

This year, MCAN is taking a close look at the term "college". We launched this effort at our annual spring conference where participants were asked to tell us what college is to them in one or two words. We've been collecting photos and sharing them via our social networks.

Tell us what you think "College is..." in one or two words, and send your photo to info(a) We also encourage you to post your photo to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and use the hashtag #CollegeIs.

'College Is' Video 

We also launched this "College Is" video. This video features what college is to high school students across Michigan. Watch now!

Reaching for Opportunity Report

The Reaching for Opportunity Report outlines a goal of reaching 60 percent of Michiganders with education and training beyond high school by 2025. Leaders from business and education came together last year as the Postsecondary Credential Attainment Workgroup to develop a new action plan for how Michigan can achieve the necessary education and training beyond high school. The report outlines the challenges and opportunities along with recommendations for strategic actions and policies to increase credential attainment, essential to raise incomes, create new jobs, and grow Michigan's economy. 

Reaching for Opportunity: An Action Plan to Increase Michigan's Postsecondary Credential Attainment
Published: December 1, 2015

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