2017 Legislative Priorities

The following list for 2017 represents many of the policy and funding issues the Michigan College Access Network is supporting in an effort to expand postsecondary opportunities for Michigan students. A copy of the 2017 Legislative Priorities list also is available to download.

Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission Report

The Governor’s 21st Century Education Report addresses many issues important to Michigan’s education system. Important to the college access and success field, the report urges Michigan to adopt an attainment goal - By 2025, 70% or more of our 25-year olds will have completed a college degree, occupational certificate, apprenticeship, or formal training. The report also calls for eliminating the equity gap – By 2025, the high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment gap between low-income and middle-income children in Michigan will have disappeared.

The Report’s Key Postsecondary Education Strategies

1. Determine the proper funding level for higher education
2. Support universal access to community college for all Michigan students
3. Make four-year degrees more affordable for students who demonstrate merit
4. Support all students with counselors skilled in career guidance and postsecondary access

Supporting Higher Education

MCAN supports legislation to adequately fund Michigan’s colleges and universities as they support Michigan students toward degree completion. We also support the following:

• A one-time, $1M appropriation to enhance the Michigan Transfer Network website to assist students in transferring credits between institutions
• A $2M appropriation pilot program to provide community college grants to part-time adult students with some college, no degree.

Increasing Student Financial Aid

MCAN supports legislation that increases financial assistance to Michigan students as they pursue postsecondary education. These include increases to the following programs:

• Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
• Michigan Competitive Scholarship
• Michigan Tuition Grant program

School Counselor Training

One of MCAN’s goals is to ensure individuals working with Michigan students are equipped with the best information available. School counselors work each and every day with students and, therefore, have become one of MCAN’s greatest champions and allies in this work.

MCAN supports House Bill 4181 which specifies that 50 of the 150 required professional development hours for school counselors must be dedicated to college and career counseling.

Our Vision and Values

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The Michigan College Access Network works to increase college readiness and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college students, and students of color. Every day, MCAN partners with individuals and organizations to advocate for policies and programs that lower barriers for in their quest for higher education. "

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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