Michigan College Access Alliance

Michigan is blessed to have a plethora of programs, organizations, and resources dedicated to helping more students attain college degrees. However, as the only state in the country without a State Higher Education Executive Office (SHEEO), there has been little formal coordination or collaboration among these important stakeholders. In the absence of a SHEEO, MCAN strives to coordinate and strengthen these existing like-minded and mission-aligned initiatives. The Michigan College Access Alliance is a formal partner roundtable consisting of statewide college access leaders, service providers, and stakeholders.  The purpose of the alliance is to share updates on statewide initiatives, align programs and resources, and facilitate opportunities for deeper collaboration.

Statewide Agenda for Education Attainment

The Michigan College Access Alliance brings together key stakeholders in K-12, higher education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector to serve as a collective voice, dedicated to increasing the number of Michigan students who earn college degrees and other credentials valued in the new economy. Understanding that the 21st century economy requires Michigan residents to be equipped with education and training beyond a high school diploma, the Alliance advocates for all valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.

Finally, through effective communication and the alignment of programs and resources, the Alliance creates opportunities for meaningful collaboration. The members are committed to increasing the percentage of Michigan residents with a college degree or valuable credential to 60% by the year 2025.

Alliance Members

  • AdviseMI
  • Center for Fostering Success/Fostering Success Michigan
  • Communities in Schools of Michigan
  • Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University
  • EduGuide
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Post-Secondary Career & Technical Education Unit
  • Michigan Association of United Ways
  • Michigan Campus Compact
  • Michigan Center for Student Success/ Michigan Community College Association
  • Michigan College Access Programs & Personnel (TRIO)
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • Michigan Department of Treasury
  • Michigan GEAR UP
  • Michigan School Counselor Association
  • Michigan State University College Advising Corps
  • Michigan Veteran Education Initiative/ Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency
  • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
  • Michigan Promise Zones
  • Student Scholarship and Grants/ Michigan Department of Treasury
  • University of Michigan College Advising Corps
  • Wells Fargo
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