Reach Higher Grant Resources - Program Year One

Program Overview

Reach Higher High Schools will address four essential elements of a high school strategy to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment outcomes.

  • Establish Postsecondary Advisory Council (PAC): Rather than one designated site coordinator for each initiative, schools will establish a dedicated team of professionals to lead the college access strategy. The team will include the principal, counselor(s), college adviser(s), teachers, as well as (if appropriate) higher education representatives (admissions, financial aid, outreach), and community-based organizations. The team will adopt a college-going vision for their high school and determine baseline levels on specific indicators. Schools will create and regularly update a dashboard to track metrics such as FAFSA completion, college applications, and enrollment.
  • Triad of College Access Events: Each PAC will plan and host a linked triad of college access events for seniors including College Application Week in the fall, College Cash Campaign in the winter (which will include systemic financial aid screening for name-by-name FAFSA completion), and College Decision Day in the spring.
  • Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping: Each PAC will participate in Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping (PSAM) - a research-based survey and set of tools that help schools better guide students toward successful college and career pathways - to evaluate the school's college going culture. 
  • Reach Higher High School Self-Assessment: Each PAC will assess the current effectiveness of its college and career readiness counseling, support, and programming in two ways: (1) Staffing and Capacity – what the school is doing to ensure appropriate school counselor capacity, focus, and professional development opportunities, and (2) College-Going Culture and Programs – What is the school's building level strategy for improving college enrollment outcomes?


Reach Higher High School 2015-16 Host Sites


This toolkit will provide guidance and direction for implementing this building-level strategy and producing Year I deliverables for the strategy’s four essential elements. The toolkit includes a timeline that will outline the necessary steps to undertake each month. In addition to the toolkit, you will receive extensive training and technical support via orientations, webinars, and communication from Michigan College Access Network staff. It is our goal to empower schools to measure and improve their college enrollment outcomes. 

Download the Program Year One toolkit

Other Resources





Tools, Templates, & Examples 





Reach Higher


Terms of Agreement (Word)

PSAM Action Plan Template (PDF)

PSAM Action Plan Template (Word)

PSAM Action Plan Example (PDF)

Reach Higher High School Orientation 

  • Reach Higher High School Orientation (PPT)


February Deliverables

To access and submit your February deliverables report form, visit

PSAM Survey (PDF)

Reach Higher Program Timeline (Word)

June Deliverables 

June Deliverables Checklist

To access and submit your June report form, visit

Kalamazoo CACAN Dashboard Template Example (Excel)

MCAN Student Outcomes data dashboard template (Excel)


"Grab and Go" Meeting Agendas: 

Program Budget Form (Excel)

Reach Higher High School Rubric (Word)

Reach Higher Action Plan Example (Word)

Analyzing PSAM Data and Setting Priorities


Reach Higher High Schools: Monthly Webinar Training Schedule

Cohort Two – Program Year One, 2016-17

All webinars will take place on the first Thursday of the month and run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

November 3, 2016

Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping Self-Assessment Tool: Watch Recording 

PowerPoint Presentation

Overview of the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping tool that schools will use to assess the building’s college-going culture. 

December 8, 2016

Reach Higher High School Self-Assessment/Rubric: Watch Recording here

PowerPoint Presentation

Overview of Reach Higher High School rubric that schools will use to assess the effectiveness of its college and career readiness counseling, support, and programming.

January 5, 2017

February Deliverables, Data Collection/Dashboard Template, and Baseline Setting on Student Outcomes: Watch Recording here

PowerPoint Presentation

Overview of deliverables checklist due in February and best practices for collecting displaying data and setting baselines.

February 2, 2017

Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping Data: Watch Recording here

PowerPoint Presentation

PSAM Data Analysis Ledger Tool

Analyzing raw data gathered from Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping survey.

March 2, 2017

Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping Data and College Decision Day: Watch Recording here

PowerPoint Presentation

Presenting data that has been collected from PSAM survey and analyzed and selecting priority area(s) based on this data; overview of the College Decision Day initiative.

April 6, 2017

Action Plan Development: Watch Recording here

PowerPoint Presentation

Developing action plans to make improvements based on data/information gathered from the Reach Higher High School self-assessment and the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping survey.

May 4, 2017

June Deliverables and Next Steps: Watch Recording here

PowerPoint Presentation

Overview of deliverables checklist due in June and next steps for schools interested in a second year of Reach Higher funding.

Information About Year Two Funding

The Reach Higher Program will run for one year, with the potential for interested schools to renew funding for a second year. Year one will be dedicated to gathering and analyzing data, selecting priority areas, and developing an action plan for improvement. Year two will be dedicated to implementing the action plan developed in year one.

More information about renewing funding for a second year can be found on the June Deliverables Checklist document and will be discussed further via webinar at a later date.


Direct questions regarding Grant management to:

Jamie Jacobs
Director of Capacity Building

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