Reach Higher High School Grants

Context

MCAN recognizes the great work of high schools across the state to move Michigan closer to Goal 2025 – to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2025.  As a key role, MCAN will make strategic investments in high schools prioritizing innovative systems change work in support of the Big Goal.

Since 2015, MCAN has been providing grant funds directly to high schools through the Reach Higher High School grant program.  In 2017, MCAN piloted a new grant program for high schools, Reach Higher System Impact grants.  The Michigan College Access Network 2017-2021 Strategic Plan outlines MCANs strategies for reaching Goal 2025 and high school grant-making is named as a key strategy.  Together these insights and strategic directives allowed MCAN to develop and launch our High School Grant-making strategy.  The new, four-year high school grant infrastructure is launching in 2018.
 

Grant Design

Year 1: Reach Higher High School Grant
MCAN is seeking high schools with a strong commitment from the building principal, school counseling team, and dedicated college and career readiness staff to move the needle on key college access metrics for the Reach Higher High School grant.  High Schools that are dedicated to assembling a Postsecondary Advisory Council, coordinating a suite of college access interventions, assessing the college-going culture and school counseling capacity, and collecting and analyzing disaggregated student outcomes data should consider applying.  

Reach Higher High Schools will strategically prioritize the development and implementation of five essential elements to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes in the building. 
Learn more about the Reach Higher High School Grant

Year 2: Reach Higher High School Renewal Grant
MCAN is seeking high schools with a strong commitment from the building principal, school counseling team, and dedicated college and career readiness staff to move the needle on key college access metrics for the Reach Higher High School Renewal grant.  High Schools that are dedicated to improving their Postsecondary Advisory Council, coordinating a suite of college access interventions, implementing collaborative action plans addressing data-driven priority areas, and collecting and analyzing disaggregated student outcomes data should consider applying.  

Reach Higher High School Renewal grantees will strategically prioritize the improvement, scaling, and sustainability of five essential elements to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment and completion outcomes in the building.
Learn more about the Reach Higher High School Renewal Grant.

Year 3: Reach Higher System Impact Grant
MCAN is seeking innovative, aggressive, reform-minded high school applicants with buy-in, engagement, and formal participation from the building principal and school counseling staff for the Reach Higher System Impact grant.   High Schools with a plan to implement a bold systems change initiative, developed utilizing local quantitative and qualitative data, to improve metrics around college and career readiness should consider applying.

The Michigan College Access Network 2017-2021 Strategic Plan outlines MCANs strategies for addressing four priority areas: Foster a College-going Culture; Identify Multiple Postsecondary Education Pathways and Facilitate Smooth Transitions; Improve College Affordability; and Support Credential Completion.

With the Reach Higher System Impact grant, MCAN seeks to align the investment of high school innovation resources in Priority Areas with a particular interest in the Targeted Focus Strategies.  Applicants demonstrating that one or more of the Priority Areas are clearly aligned and a significant part of the proposed project focus and intended outcomes will receive priority consideration and extra points for submitting an application within the designated Priority Areas. 
Learn more about the Reach Higher System Impact Grant.

Year 4: Reach Higher System Impact Renewal Grant
MCAN is seeking innovative, aggressive, reform-minded high school applicants with buy-in, engagement, and formal participation from the building principal and school counseling staff for the Reach Higher System Impact Renewal grant.   High Schools with a plan to systematize, scale, or sustain their bold systems change initiative project(s) from year 1 should consider applying.

The Michigan College Access Network 2017-2021 Strategic Plan outlines MCANs strategies for addressing four priority areas: Foster a College-going Culture; Identify Multiple Postsecondary Education Pathways and Facilitate Smooth Transitions; Improve College Affordability; and Support Credential Completion.

With the Reach Higher System Impact grant, MCAN seeks to align the investment of high school innovation resources in Priority Areas with a particular interest in the Targeted Focus Strategies.  Applicants demonstrating that one or more of the Priority Areas are clearly aligned and a significant part of the proposed project focus and intended outcomes will receive priority consideration and extra points for submitting an application within the designated Priority Areas.
Learn more about the Reach Higher High System Impact Renewal Grant

Award Decisions

MCAN staff will review proposals and provide written feedback. Final decisions regarding awards will be contingent upon the recommendations of the staff and available funds. MCAN is committed to reviewing grants and providing a response to applicants by August 15, 2018.


Local College Access Networks

Bonus points will be given for applicants that are connected to a Local College Access Network as a comprehensive approach to increasing postsecondary attainment within a community. This includes the work of action teams, network members, individual schools, etc. that operate within an LCAN. Other schools are also eligible to apply.  

This funding is not meant as a means of supporting network development. Please see MCAN’s LCAN-specific grant programs www.micollegeaccess.org/lcan/grants for that purpose.

About Michigan College Access Network

MCAN’s mission is to increase college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and strong communities based on a highly educated population, MCAN works to ensure everyone in Michigan has the opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education. MCAN’s goal is to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees or credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. At its core, MCAN believes:

  • College is Postsecondary Education: MCAN uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.
  • College is a Necessity: Postsecondary education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete a postsecondary credential or degree beyond high school.
  • College is for Everyone: The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. MCAN is committed to closing these gaps.
  • College is a Public Good: Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities. 
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