To increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2025.
In order for Michigan to reach Goal 2025, MCAN employs a number of strategies including supporting the creation, expansion, and sustainability of high-quality, community-based college access strategic alliances. MCAN also advocates for policy reform that lowers the barriers to college for students, sponsors a number of statewide initiatives focused on increasing college access, delivers professional development to train college access professionals to be highly qualified and effective college advisers, and strengthens like-minded and mission-aligned statewide college access and success initiatives.
According to the 2014 Census figures, 39.3 percent of Michigan's 5.2 million working-age adults (ages 25-64) hold a two- or four-year college degree, an increase from the previous year's rate of 38.4 percent. This is the sixth year in a row that Michigan's degree attainment rate has increased in a one-year period.
For the first time ever, A Stronger Nation, provided by Lumina Foundation, is providing an estimate of Americans with a high-quality certificate. According to their data, another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate -- bringing Michigan's official attainment rate to 43.3 percent.
Each year, our friends at Lumina Foundation provide A Stronger Nation report to highlight attainment rates across the country and state by state. Available through the report:
- Levels of education, ages 25-64;
- Degree-attainment rates among adults (ages 25-64), by population group;
- The path to 60 percent degree attainment; and
- Percentage of adults (ages 25-64) with at least an associate degree, by county.