Advocacy

2018 Legislative Priorities

The following list for 2018 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 2018 Legislative Priorities list also is available to download.

Marshall Plan for Talent 

The plan is described as a partnership between educators, employers, and other stakeholders to transform Michigan’s talent pipeline and redesign the ways we invest in, develop and attract talent in our state.   It proposes investing $100 million over five years in talent development programs.

MarshallPlan: Key Programs MCAN Supports

  • MI Bright Future Expansion: Makes education and career planning tools available to all students.
  • Talent Pledge Scholarships: Provides 16,000 low-income/at-risk students with scholarships and stipends for education in high-wage, in-demand careers.
  • Career Navigators: Hire 150 career navigators to help students explore career options.

Supporting Higher Education 

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

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

 Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission Report 

MCAN continues to advocate for the Governor’s 21st Century Education Report, which 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’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

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. "


Total Talent Report 

Total Talent: Equipping All Michiganders with the Education and Skills Needed for Success in the Economy of Today and Tomorrow

Published: September 2018

  

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