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Michigan College Access Network convenes the Michigan Postsecondary Strategy Institute

Posted at 4:01 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 16:01:49-05

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has launched the Michigan Postsecondary Strategy Institute (MPSI), an initiative to help school districts develop internal capacity to support every student toward attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree.

In collaboration with the National Postsecondary Strategy Institute and The Kresge Foundation, MCAN will serve more than 20 school teams in developing actionable strategies for their districts. The MPSI takes place Nov. 4–5, 2019, in East Lansing, Michigan.

Built to empower teams to employ a holistic strategy approach, the MPSI integrates three critical components for postsecondary success:

· Using a district’s postsecondary framework and strategy, school leadership will make a clear plan for increasing student postsecondary outcomes that is tied to measurable data points.
· By developing a data strategy, districts will connect student information with state datasets, analyzing data by subgroups, and using data to identify where strategies need to be developed.
· By engaging counselors as leaders, schools will empower counselors to lead the postsecondary access work within their schools, engaging partners in the process.

“This powerful initiative aligns with our goal of ‘Sixty by 30’ and increases college access by strategically supporting Michigan’s school leadership,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of MCAN. “We look forward to seeing how nationally tested strategies focused on policy and practice changes can be implemented to support every Michigan student on their postsecondary education pathway.”

Following is a list of schools participating in the initiative.

Alpena Public Schools
Bath Community Schools
Chandler Park Academy High School
Cornerstone Health & Technology High School
Escanaba High School
Harbor Beach Community Schools
Hastings Area Schools
Henry Ford Academy University Prep Art & Design
Holton Public Schools
Howell Public Schools
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
Madison High School
Manistee Catholic Central School
Maple Valley Jr./Sr. High School
Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School
Milan High School
Muskegon Heights Academy
Northwest High School
Owosso High School
Pellston High School
Pershing High School
Plainwell High School
Public Schools of Petoskey

We had the ability to speak to both Caroline Altman-Smith of the Kresge Foundation and Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Executive Director of the Michigan College Access Network.

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