High schools that have successfully completed two years of the Reach Higher High School grant program and maintained compliance are eligible to apply for the Reach Higher System Impact Grant.

Timeline
Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the timeline for the 2021-2022 system impact grant will be flexible and responsive to grantee needs. The strategy institute will take place virtually in November, with the rest of the application steps following shortly after with input from interested schools. Eligible schools will be contacted with additional timeline details.

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. 


Eligibility & Application Assistance

Eligibility questions should be directed via email to Autumn Kearney, Strategy Manager. You are encouraged to contact MCAN to inquire about eligibility and to request technical assistance.


Proposal Submission

Proposals are only accepted using MCAN’s online grants system. This application will open in October 2020. Get ahead by registering for an account.


Grant Award

MCAN expects a highly competitive grant process. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to approximately 10 high schools within Michigan. The actual level of funding provided will be subject to the availability of funds. The grant funding period is 18 months, with a start date in March and an end date  in August. Continuation funding for subsequent years is not guaranteed and is dependent upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance. The project start date may occur prior to the grant award start date; however, grant funding cannot be utilized prior to the grant start date in March.


More about Strategy Institute

The Strategy Institute will help school districts develop their internal capacity to support every student toward attaining a successful postsecondary pathway. The Strategy Institute will employ a holistic approach based on the integration of three critical components.

Each participating school district will be required to bring a team of four (4) consisting of at least one senior administrator, the building principal, and a school counselor to the Strategy Institute.

More information about the Strategy Institute will be provided to eligible schools as the event develops.

Systems Change Project

MCAN's 2017-2021 Strategic Plan outlines our strategies for addressing four priority areas: 

  • Priority 1: Foster a college-going Culture
  • Priority 2: Identify Multiple Postsecondary Education Pathways and Facilitate Smooth Transitions
  • Priority 3: Improve College Affordability
  • Priority 4: 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.

Applications focusing outside of the example Targeted Focus Strategies will still be reviewed and considered. Applications focusing outside the designated Priority Areas are unlikely to be considered.


Examples of Targeted Focus Strategies 

Priority 1: Foster a college-going Culture

Residents across our state believe college is very important to succeed in the labor market. In every high school across the state, professionals support this belief and help all students define and achieve their postsecondary goals.

 Examples of Targeted Focus Strategies

  • Staff expansion focused on postsecondary education planning
  • 9-12th grade advisory period curriculum in postsecondary education awareness/planning/navigation
  • Dedicated course(s) in postsecondary education awareness/planning/navigation

Priority Two: Identify Multiple Postsecondary Education Pathways and Facilitate Smooth Transitions

All students graduating from a Michigan high school understand their postsecondary options, and they enroll in a postsecondary institution that is a good match or fit for their aspirations, academic readiness, and career ambitions.

Examples of Targeted Focus Strategies

  • Strategic Educational Development Plan implementation with an emphasis on postsecondary education pathways
  • Systematic approach for addressing Summer Melt
  • K-12/Higher Education partnership focused on Guided Pathways/transfer planning

Priority Three: Improve College Affordability

All students graduating from a Michigan high school will have the financial knowledge, literacy, and readiness to understand the costs and benefits of postsecondary education. Students will also have the resources, advising, and coaching they need to enroll in and efficiently complete their degree or certificate program. 

Examples of Targeted Focus Strategies

  • Required Financial Literacy coursework focused on college financial planning
  • Systemic award letter/financial aid screening and gap closing

Priority Four: Support Credential Completion

All students who enroll in college will attain a postsecondary degree or certificate while minimizing their time to completion.

 Examples of Targeted Focus Strategies

  • K-12/Higher Education partnership focused on remediation avoidance
  • Alumni success coaching
  • Systematic expansion of early college credit taking opportunities (AP/IB, Dual Enrollment, Early/Middle College, articulated CTE)