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MCAN to Host Fourth Annual Conference on College Access

on Monday, 07 April 2014 13:52.

 

Conference will examine the word “college”

April 7, 2014 – Lansing, MI – The Michigan College Access Network will bring more than 400 college access professionals together on Monday, April 14 to examine the word “college” and redefine its commonly help perception for the collective messaging of the college access movement in Michigan.

What: Fourth Annual Michigan College Access Network Conference
Theme: College is…

The conference theme, College is…, will focus on messaging the college access movement in Michigan. The time has come for a paradigm shift in the work of college access professionals. Attendees will participate in workshops related to one of four tracks: College is Postsecondary Education, College is a Necessity, College is for Everyone, and College is a Public Good.

In addition to various workshops, the conference will feature State Superintendent Mike Flanagan and J.B. Schramm of College Success Initiative at New Profit. The opening session and the luncheon keynote will both address how Local College Access Networks can be drivers of change in the messaging of our collective work. The goal is to ensure all students are provided the necessary support to access and succeed in college.

When: Monday, April 14, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Social Media: Download our free Conference App http://guidebook.com/g/MCAN2014/ and follow the conversation on Twitter at #MCAN2014 and #CollegeIs.

Press:  The conference is open to the media. We ask that you please RSVP to Lisa King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 517.316.1713. If you are unable to RSVP, please check in at event registration.

Event highlights follow. A full schedule is available at www.micollegeaccess.org/events/2014-conference

Opening Session: 9:00- 10:15 am
State Superintendent Michael Flanagan with welcome attendees and address how we can be drivers in change in the messaging of “college”. A stalwart of education leadership and reform in Michigan, Flanagan pushes local, state and federal policy to re-imagine instruction for all students. Flanagan has directed the Michigan Department of Education since May 2005 and chairs the State Board of Education.

Luncheon Keynote: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
J.B. Schramm currently co-chairs the College Success Initiative at New Profit, a venture philanthropy and social innovation organization that provides funding and strategic support to help the most promising social enterprises achieve scale. He will discuss his recent paper “College for All” as we continue our conversation to define the word “college.” Forbes named Schramm to its 2012 Impact 30 list of top global social entrepreneurs for his work founding and leading College Summit, the organization President Obama saluted with a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009.  

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About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, 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.  For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org. You can also find MCAN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/micollegeaccess.

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State of the State Survey Reveals College Aspirations and Importance of College Remain High

on Friday, 28 March 2014 19:09.

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State of the State Survey Reveals College Aspirations and Importance of College Remain High
A Check-in: Looking at the College-Going Culture of Michigan Adults

Lansing, MI – March 31, 2014 – More than 96 percent of adults feel a college education is important for a young person in Michigan to be successful in the labor market and their career, according to a new brief, State of the State Survey Winter 2014, A Check-in: Looking at the College-Going Culture of Michigan Adults.

The State of the State Survey (SOSS) reveals the college-going culture among Michigan adults remains strong. More than 96 percent of adults feel a college education is “somewhat important” or “very important” for a young person in Michigan to be successful in the labor market and their career. Also, aspirations are high among those with children under 18. Of those surveyed with children, 93 percent believe it is “somewhat likely” or “very likely” their child will get a college education.

“MCAN believes all students should prepare for college and we are extremely pleased to learn Michigan adults understand the importance of receiving a college degree and aspire for their children to go to college,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network Executive Director.

Although aspirations are high, the survey shows that affordability is still perceived as a barrier for many.  More than 67 percent of Michigan residents “somewhat disagree” or “strongly disagree” that a college education is reasonably affordable for people in Michigan. 

“This gap between college aspirations and affordability needs to be addressed in our state,” said Johnson. “We need to continue to educate today’s youth about the steps to get to college and how it can be affordable, but we also need to continue to work with the leaders of our state to understand the impact affordability is making on building a highly educated workforce in Michigan.”

It is important to note the considerable consistency across different groups in Michigan, whether by sex, race, political affiliation, age or level of education. The same is true when segmenting the data by regions. Regional data disaggregation is available.

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) contracted with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University to measure the college-going culture of adults in the state of Michigan. This was the second time questions were asked to evaluate a college-going culture. It is intended that the three questions will be asked on an annual basis in the fall of each year. The brief, State of the State Survey Winter 2014, A Check-in: Looking at the College-Going Culture of Michigan Adults, is available on the Michigan College Access Network website at www.micollegeaccess.org.

About Michigan College Access Network

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.  


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Journal of College Access launches through Western Michigan University

on Friday, 28 March 2014 18:08.

KALAMAZOO, MI--Two Michigan college access advocates have launched a new digital academic journal focused on various aspects of the national college access movement.  Drs. Patrick O’Connor and Christopher Tremblay have co-founded the Journal of College Access (JCA).

This journal focuses on the current trends, research, practices, and development of all types of programs, policies, and activities related to the access of and success in postsecondary education.  Issues of college aspiration, qualification, application, enrollment, and persistence are the primary emphases.

The Journal will be housed through Western Michigan University’s ScholarWorks site:  scholarworks.wmich.edu/jcaThis journal becomes the University’s eleventh online journal hosted through ScholarWorks.

JCA is also affiliated with the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) (micollegeaccess.org), a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission to increase college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color.

According to MCAN Executive Director Brandy Johnson, "MCAN is thrilled to support the launch of the Journal of College Access.  It is critical that scholars share promising practices on college access strategies directly with the practitioners who work with students and their families."  MCAN’s mission aligns with the goals of the Journal.

“I was inspired to create this Journal due to the convergence of two aspects of my professional life.  I was nearing the end of my doctorate degree and reflecting on my role with college access and where I saw it going.  A presentation about WMU’s ScholarWorks by Maira Bundza in the WMU libraries prompted me to explore this possibility,” stated Tremblay.

JCA is planning to publish two issues annually.  The inaugural issue is expected to be published in September 2014.  It will feature scholarly and research articles, best practices articles, book reviews, research report critiques, literature reviews, and perspective pieces.

Submissions are currently being accepted for the first issue.  Submissions may be made using the Journal’s website.  Submissions are welcomed from a wide community of practitioners including, but not limited to, college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, college access professionals, and others with an interest in the college access movement.

Members of the editorial board are being assembled and will be announced on the Journal’s website as they are confirmed.

“This is an exciting step forward for the college access field,” said co-editor Patrick O’Connor.  “More than even before, disparate groups are focusing on the vital task of expanding college opportunities for young people.  The Journal will give voice to the goals of these groups, and serve as a center of best practices, emerging theory, and inspiration.”

“We are excited to see that the Journal of College Access has launched with its first call for papers. It will be filling a necessary niche, facilitating scholarly communication between those professionals interested in seeing that all of our youth have access to a college education. As a peer reviewed open access journal, JCA will provide both quality and accessibility,” stated Maira Bundza, manager of ScholarWorks at WMU. 

Tremblay serves as Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at Western Michigan University.  He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Michigan.  Tremblay has been active in multiple local college access networks (LCANs) in Michigan.

O’Connor is Associate Dean for College Counseling at Kingswood Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and is a board member for the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN). 

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Editors:  Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D & Christopher W. Tremblay, Ed.D

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Michigan College Access Network Named One of Constant Contact's 2013 All Stars

on Monday, 17 March 2014 14:16.

Michigan College Access Network recognized for achieving exemplary marketing results

LANSING, MI — March 17, 2014 – The Michigan College Access Network has received the 2013 All Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than half a million small organizations worldwide. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits that are successfully leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base, and drive success for their organization. The Michigan College Access Network’s results ranked among the top 10 percent of Constant Contact’s international customer base.

 

The Michigan College Access Network is committed to increasing college readiness, participation, and completion rates in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color.

 

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and connecting with our network,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “Constant Contact’s tools have helped us connect with community leaders and college access professionals to share current resources and news as it relates to college access.”

 

Constant Contact customers using the company’s Email Marketing tools are eligible for this award. Constant Contact looked at the following criteria to select this year’s All Stars:

  • Level of engagement with email campaigns and events
  • Open, bounce, and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools

“We’re always delighted when small businesses and nonprofits are successful,” said Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact. “We’re honored to recognize the Michigan College Access Network as an All Star, and to be able to shine the spotlight on its achievements in 2013.”

 

About Michigan College Access Network
MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan’s culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school. As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate – from 35.6 percent of 25-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.

 

About Constant Contact, Inc.

Constant Contact wrote the book on Engagement Marketing™ – the new marketing success formula that helps small organizations create and grow customer relationships in today’s socially connected world. More than half a million small businesses, nonprofits and associations worldwide use the company’s online marketing tools to generate new customers, repeat business, and referrals through email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, local deals, digital storefronts, and online surveys.  Only Constant Contact offers the proven combination of affordable tools and free KnowHow, including local seminars, personal coaching and award-winning product support. The company further supports small organizations through its extensive network of consultants/resellers, technology providers, franchises and national associations.

 

Constant Contact and the Constant Contact Logo are registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All Constant Contact product names and other brand names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Constant Contact, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.        

 

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MCAN Applauds Recent Tuition Equality Policy Changes at EMU and GVSU

on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 17:26.

Lansing, MI – December 17, 2013 – Last week the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University passed tuition equality policies, offering in-state tuition to qualifying undocumented students. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) applauds the Board of Regents for their decisions and prioritizing access to college for all Michigan students.

Michigan currently is one of several states that is a neutral state. This meaning they have no policy that awards nor denies undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. According to a 2010 report published by the Migrant Policy Institute, as many as twenty-nine thousand undocumented youth and young adults live in Michigan.

“A student’s status as an undocumented student living in Michigan should not deny him or her access to college. MCAN is thrilled to learn of the tuition equality policy changes and hopes other universities in Michigan will consider the same,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director.

EMU and GVSU are the 5th and 6th public universities in the state to create such policies. The policies will begin taking effect in the fall of 2014. In 2006, Ferris State University was the first school in the state to award in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduated from Michigan high schools. Since, Western Michigan University passed a policy in 2008 followed by the University of Michigan in the summer of 2013 and Wayne State University in September.

About Michigan College Access Network
MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan’s culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school.
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color.  Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.  

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100 School Counselors Participate in Inaugural School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course

on Monday, 14 October 2013 19:23.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lansing, MI – October 15, 2013 – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and Michigan Virtual University (MVU) recently launched the inaugural High School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course, where 100 nominated High School Counselors have received a full scholarship to participate in the eight month, hybrid professional development experience that focuses on the college-going process.

School counselors are uniquely positioned to change the postsecondary trajectories for all students, yet many indicate they feel underprepared for the process. One of MCAN's strategic priorities is to provide professional development opportunities to those who work directly with students and families on the college-going process -- especially school counselors. 

“School counselors are expected to know the ins and outs of college admissions and financial aid, yet the vast majority never received formal training on this content.  MCAN is committed to ensuring all school counselors in Michigan are qualified to advise students on their college pathways,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director.

The course was designed collaboratively with support and expertise from Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling (MACAC), Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO), counselor educators from Michigan universities, Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Michigan Department of Treasury – Student Scholarships and Grants Division (SSG), Michigan School Counselor Association (MSCA), the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA), and the Southern Regional Education Board – Go Alliance.  Funding for this course was made possible through generous support from The Kresge Foundation.

MCAN’s work in this area has been largely informed by the 2011 and 2012 National Survey of School Counselors published by the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA).  The surveys were made possible by funding from The Kresge Foundation, and provided overwhelming evidence that more training is needed in the area of college and career counseling.  The majority of counselors stated their pre-service training and in-service professional development were insufficient.  College advising was identified as the area in most need of additional training.  Less than half of counselors (43%), for example, indicated that they have sufficient knowledge and training on "College Affordability Planning," which includes ways to provide information about college costs, financing, financial aid and scholarships. 

NOSCA recommended that states provide counselors with pre-service and in-service training that aligns counselors' work to the college and career readiness outcomes of their students.  Inspired to act based on this data, MCAN launched a school counselor training project with a focus on college access: the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course.  The course kicked off on September 26, 2013, with an exciting day-long event. The course will continue for eight months with in person and online components.

About Michigan College Access Network

MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan’s culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school. As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025.

For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.

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Central Michigan University's President Ross Elected to Michigan College Access Network Board of Directors

on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:09.

Lansing, MI – Sept. 11, 2013 – Michigan College Access Network board of directors voted on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and unanimously elected Dr. George E. Ross, president of Central Michigan University, to the board of directors.

Ross was identified as an ideal candidate because of his commitment to transparency as it relates to student success and academic excellence and his deep understanding of the transformative power of higher education. A certified public accountant, Ross has a strong financial and educational background and has held positions in corporate and nonprofit finance and management prior to his work in higher education.

"The Michigan College Access Network is committed to increasing college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, and Dr. Ross brings the necessary expertise to ensure we reach our goal of increasing Michigan's college completion rate from 36 percent to 60 percent by the year 2025," said Amy Smitter, Michigan College Access Network board of directors chairperson.

Current board of directors members represent K-12, higher education, youth-serving nonprofit organizations, government, business and philanthropy. Members and their affiliations include:

  • Sharlonda Buckman, executive director, Detroit Parent Network
  • Laura Coleman, president, Bay College
  • Brandee Cooke, former college adviser, Michigan College Advising Corps
  • Dan DeGrow, superintendent, St. Clair County RESA
  • Greg Handel, senior director of workforce development, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • David Lossing, president, Michigan Municipal League board of trustees
  • Catherine M. McNamara, CPA, assurance senior manager, BDO USA, LLP
  • Patrick O'Connor, college counseling department, Cranbrook
  • Rudy Redmond, manager of KCP Initiative, Michigan Workforce Development Corporation
  • George E. Ross, president, Central Michigan University
  • Amy Smitter, director of institutional development, Campus Compact

MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan's culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school. Since 2010, MCAN has provided 50+ communities with more than $1.8 million. This seed funding is designed to help Michigan's Local College Access Networks establish cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to dramatically increase the community's college-going rate. LCANs set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results, and hold partners accountable for performance.

MCAN recently released Charting the Course: A community's guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact, available by downloading for free or purchasing a hard copy at www.micollegeaccess.org/our-network/lcan-guidebook

About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state's college access movement, MCAN's mission is to increase Michigan's college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate's degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan's rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent. It is MCAN's goal to increase Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.

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Guidebook Helps Communities Develop College Access Strategy

on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 17:23.

New Book ‘Charting the Course’ now available at www.micollegeaccess.org

Lansing, MI – July 8, 2013 – Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) introduces Charting the Course: A community’s guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact. The guidebook is designed to support communities as they develop robust college access strategies using the collective impact framework.

Charting the Course is organized in three parts. Part I addresses the larger framework for integrating the five conditions of collective impact within the context of college access. Part II takes the reader through the chronological and procedural steps for implementing a local college access network (LCAN). Part III includes case studies from LCANs across Michigan and templates developed by MCAN to assist communities in executing and embedding the strategies. Funding from Lumina Foundation allowed MCAN to provide technical assistance to eight Michigan communities, conduct research on best practices, and develop Charting the Course.

“Communities interested in addressing the barriers present in their community that are stopping residents from accessing education beyond high school can use Charting the Course to build and embed a collaborative process for improving college attainment rates,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network Executive Director.

Collective impact, as defined by Kania and Kramer in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, is the concept that large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination of nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public around a common agenda to create a collective impact. The five conditions of collective impact are:

  • Common agenda
  • Shared measurement systems
  • Mutually reinforcing activities
  • Continuous communication
  • Backbone support infrastructure

In addition to utilizing Charting the Course in their college access strategies, communities in Michigan are encouraged to apply for grants available through MCAN and participate in learning opportunities via webinars and the annual Michigan College Access Network conference.

“The guidebook joins MCAN’s suite of support resources and services as we work to increase the proportion of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025,” said Johnson.

MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan’s culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school. Since 2010, MCAN has provided 50+ communities with more than $1.8 million. This seed funding is designed to help Michigan’s Local College Access Networks (LCANs) establish cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to dramatically increase the community’s college-going rate. LCANs set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results, and hold partners accountable for performance.

Charting the Course: A community’s guide for increasing educational attainment through the lens of collective impact is available by downloading for free or purchasing a hard copy at www.micollegeaccess.org.

About Michigan College Access Network

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org. You can also find MCAN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/micollegeaccess.

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