Goal 2025

Our Goal 

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.



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