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Access & Success Digital Toolkit - College Positive Volunteerism

In an effort to provide easier access to valuable access and success resources, Michigan Campus Compact and Lumina Foundation have teamed up to produce the Access & Success Digital Toolkit. The toolkit is an easy-to-use website that can help guide anyone--whether you're a new College Positive Volunteer or a campus staff member looking to develop his/her own program--to the information you need about access & success. 

Center for Student Opportunity - The College Access & Opportunity Guide

The College Access & Opportunity Guide is the first of its kind—a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help first generation, low-income, and minority students make their college dreams a reality!

Certificates: A Gainful Way to Employement and College Degrees

Certificates have swelled to become the second most common postsecondary award in the U.S.: Over 1 million are awarded each year. In the context of concerns about rising college costs and student loan debt, certificates, which are cheaper and take less time to complete than college degrees, have become of increasing interest to researchers, institutions, and other stakeholders in higher education. In this report, we analyze earnings by field of study, sex, race/ethnicity, and program length. One of the most important factors that affects earnings is whether certificate holders work in the same occupational field they studied in. We also take a close look at the demographic characteristics of certificate holders: sex, race/ethnicity, age, educational attainment, academic preparation/skill, family income, and parents' education. Last, we analyze the institutions that most commonly award certificates—such as community colleges and for-profit institutions—and the states where certificates are most prevalent and provide the highest earnings returns.

Collective Impact article

If you're applying for the Collective Impact grant, please read the Collective Impact article by Kania & Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2011 Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

College Completion

The Chronicle of Higher Education examines who graduates, who doesn't, and why it matters.

Collective Impact: Funder, Heal Thyself

Thoughts on recent local and national funder conversations.

Complete College America - Certificates Count: An Analysis

A key goal of the Obama administration has been to create an environment in which every American receives at least one year of postsecondary education. One year is a notable time frame as that it doesn't correlate with an associate degree or a bachelor's degree. A report being issued today suggests that the United States needs to follow that cue and focus on a form of education that comes in a range of durations -- the certificate. The report, issued by Complete College America and prepared by FutureWorks, argues that it may be more viable for many Americans with limited time to earn a certificate than to earn a college degree. And the report notes that while those who take some courses toward a degree but do not finish are unlikely to gain much economically from their efforts, there is substantial evidence that certificates do advance people economically.

Data tool: Adults with college degrees in the U.S.

This data tool allows you to see the percentage of adults with bachelor's degrees in the U.S. by county, but also allows you to compare the data historically (1940-present) and highlights data in counties that are urban or have high concentrations of racial minorities.

Data Quality Campaign - Data for Action 2010

States now have quality data but need to act to ensure they are used to improve student achievement. The DQC's sixth annual state analysis, Data for Action 2010, reveals that states have made unprecedented progress collecting longitudinal information that follows individual students over time. States report collecting quality data that could inform many of the questions currently confronting state policymakers.

Education of Homeless Children and Youth

To ensure that homeless children and youth in Michigan have access to a free and appropriate public school education, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle VII-B) of 2002, part of No Child Left Behind, requires the Department of Education to implement several items. As a response, the state has designated Homeless Education Liaisons in every district. These individuals are key for students to completed necessary paperwork, especially around financial aid and FAFSA. You may be quite familiar and in regular contact with this individual, however, if you are not aware of this individual and his/her role please take a look at the resources available at

Five Ways Ed Pays campaign - College Board

Five Ways Ed Pays campaign gives you the tools to help students, and their families, explore the benefits of going to college. Creation of the Five Ways Ed Pays campaign is supported in part by the Gene A. Budig Fund for First-Generation College Stuents. To learn more visit

Going to College

A resource for teens with disabilities. This website contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.

Infographic: College Education, Is The Debt Worth It?

College Education, Is the Debt Worth It? Infographic by

Intern in Michigan

Intern in Michigan is a free internship resource that connects businesses and organizations with qualified student interns, based on skills and interests. Supported by the New Economy Initiative & the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Intern In Michigan is focused on attracting and retaining talent in Michigan. In less than one year, more than 14,000 internship seekers and more than 1200 companies from across the state of Michigan have registered on Intern in Michigan.

Investigating the Roles of Community Foundations in the Establishment and Sustainability of Local College Access Networks in Michigan

Read: Investigating the Roles of Community Foundations in the Establishment and Sustainability of Local College Access Networks in Michigan from The Foundation Review

For more information on the Kresge Challenge grant and how Community Foundations can participate, please read more at the Council of Michigan Foundations' website.

National Campaign website
Knight Foundation - Conducting a Scan of Your College Access & Success System

Author: By Victoria Dougherty and Michele Lempa Author Organization: OMG Center for Collaborative Learning Author Organization URL: Publication Date: Nov 16, 2010 Publication File: OMG_Board-Report-Executive-Summary_11-30-10.pdf

KnowHow2GO Michigan
Michigan campaign website - A public awareness campaign sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, the Ad Council, the American Council on Education and other allies, designed to encourage low-income students in grades 8-10 and their families to take the necessary steps toward college.
Michigan College Access Portal
Michigan CAP is a statewide initiative that provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. It is a comprehensive one-stop-shop for students to play, apply, and pay for college.
Michigan College Access Portal - TRAINING
To view the MichiganCAP training session, click on the link above, and then click on the Playback button. Training is approximately 2.5 hours. Segments of the recorded training are also available at under "Support," the select "Training Center."
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