2017 Conference

7th Annual Conference

Champions for Opportunity: Prioritizing Michigan's College Attainment

March 13-14, 2017


Agenda Awards Dinner

Breakout Sessions

College Fair For Practitioners

Pre-Conference Sessions

Sponsors & Exhibitors



Join us for MCAN's 7th Annual Conference, Champion for Opportunity: Prioritizing Michigan's College Attainment, in Lansing on March 13 and 14, 2017. More than 400 community leaders, educators and college access professionals are expected to attend. The conference theme will emphasize the importance of prioritizing college attainment in Michigan in order to advocate for our students' success and embrace our role as champions for college attainment strategies. 


Download the conference program to prepare for the conference.

Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933


Thank you for your interest. Conference registration closed on Monday, February 27, 2017 and we are sold out of space.


Agenda is subject to change.

Pre-Conference Agenda

Monday, March 13, 2017 Location: Lansing Center
8:00 - 9:00 am Registration for Pre-Conference and Breakfast
9:00 - 11:30 am Pre-Conference Working Sessions

Conference Agenda

Monday, March 13, 2017 Location: Lansing Center
10:30 am - 6:00 pm  Registration Open
11:30 am - 1:30 pm  Lunch and Conference Welcome Plenary: Dr. Michael Sorrell
1:45 - 3:00 pm Breakout Session 1 or visit Exhibitor/Sponsor Booths
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 4:30 pm Breakout Session 2 or visit Exhibitor/Sponsor Booths
4:30 - 6:00 pm College Fair with refreshments
6:00 - 8:30 pm Awards Dinner (ticket required)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Location: Lansing Center
8:00 am - 1:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 - 10:00 am Day 2 Welcome and Morning Plenary: Jamie Merisotis
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 11:30 am Breakout Session 3 or visit Exhibitor/Sponsor Booths
11:45 am - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch and Plenary: Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper
1:30 - 1:45 pm Break
1:45 - 3:00 pm Breakout Session 4 or visit Exhibitor/Sponsor Booths
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15  - 4:30 pm Breakout Session 5 or visit Exhibitor/Sponsor Booths

Awards Dinner 

MCAN is pleased to continue recognizing individuals, organizations and/or corporations who go above and beyond the call of duty, and have made remarkable contributions to change the face of education and help more Michigan residents access and succeed in postsecondary education. In our third annual awards dinner, MCAN will recognize outstanding college access advocates from across the state for their dedication to the field along with a celebration of our achievements as a state. Join us to celebrate our awardees' accomplishments over a five star dinner.

Prior to the College Access Impact Awards dinner, please join us for a joint wine reception and college fair. The reception and awards dinner will take place at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI on Monday, March 13. You can learn more on the awards dinner web page.

College Fair For Practitioners

New this year, the conference will feature a College Fair for Practitioners. This addition to the conference was suggested by previous attendees who expressed interest in connecting with a broader range of colleges and universities. The College Fair for Practitioners will take place in the late afternoon of Monday, March 13, Day 1 of the conference. It will also serve as the reception space prior to our annual awards dinner. 

Albion College
Alma College
Aquinas College
Baker College
Central Michigan University
College for Creative Studies
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Henry Ford College
Jackson College
Kellogg Community College
Kuyper College
Lake Superior State University
Lawrence Technological University
Madonna University
Marygrove College
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
North Central Michigan University
Northern Michigan University
Oakland University
Olivet College
Spring Arbor University
St. Clair County Community College
University of Michigan
University of Michigan-Dearborn
University of Michigan-Flint
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
West Shore Community College

Sponsors & Exhibitors

MCAN is grateful for the generosity of our 2017 Annual Conference sponsors! Please be sure to visit our Sponsors page.

Sponsorship questions should be directed to Sarah Anthony, deputy director for partnerships and advocacy, at Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org or by phone at 517-316-1713.



MCAN will offer 13 SCECHS for eligible participants who attend the entire conference. When you arrive, please look for the SCECHs Check-in/Check-out table.


The Radisson Hotel at the Capitol, the official hotel of the MCAN conference, has a special rate of $123.95 per night. This rate will expire on February 10, 2017. Please use the code MCA317 when booking your room.

Radisson Hotel111 N. Grand Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 482-0188
Rate: $123.95 per night
Cut-off date: February 10, 2017
Code: MCA317


Parking Information

Convenient parking is located in several nearby locations. Parking is available at North Grand Parking Ramp at the corner of Ottawa and Grand. The North Grand Parking Ramp is connected to the Radisson and Lansing Center via a Skywalk. Additional parking is available under the Lansing Center off Cedar Street.

Please view the additional documentation for more parking information and a map. Cash and Credit is accepted at both the North Grand Parking Ramp and the Lansing Center provided parking.



More about the conference will be posted as it is confirmed.  Please check back!

Lisa King - Conference Coordinator - Lisa(a)micollegeaccess.org
Sarah Anthony - Sponsorship Coordinator - Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org

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