After a 10-year hiatus since 2005’s Cherry Commission report set an agenda for Michigan higher education attainment, stakeholders in Michigan’s decentralized higher education policy community voluntarily rejoined in 2014 with the Governor, Key Cabinet Agencies, and Michigan Department of Education to take stock of progress and lay out a blueprint for continued action. The Postsecondary Credential Attainment Work group released its 2015 report Reaching for Opportunity and went to work to implement the report’s recommendations. The group in recent years continued its collaboration under the sponsorship of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) as the Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable (MIHEART).

Today the group continues to work together as an ongoing collaborative to promote, advocate for, and guide policy changes that will improve our state’s postsecondary education and credential attainment levels – and to keep at this work from Administration to Administration.

One of the goals of the group is to continue to drive attention and action to this vital higher education attainment agenda, and periodically take stock of progress, consider how best to advance current efforts, as well as take on new work—all dedicated to helping Michigan realize a goal of 60% of its people earning valuable postsecondary education credentials by 2025.

The release of the Total Talent Report provides a fresh call to action and a set of state policy priorities and stakeholder initiatives to make Michigan a talent leader.

MIHEART’s membership includes the key institutions and stakeholders committed to work together on an ongoing basis in to increase attainment of postsecondary credentials of workforce value. The collaborative includes:

*The Total Talent Report was released prior to MCAN's alignment with the statewide attainment goal of sixty percent college attainment by 2030.


Total Talent Report

In 2005, the Cherry Commission report set an agenda for Michigan higher education attainment. In 2014, after a 10-year hiatus, stakeholders in Michigan’s decentralized higher education policy community voluntarily rejoined with the Governor, Key Cabinet Agencies, and the Michigan Department of Education to take stock of progress and lay out a blueprint for continued action. The Postsecondary Credential Attainment Workgroup released its 2015 report Reaching for Opportunity, and went to work to implement the report’s recommendations. In recent years, the Workgroup has continued its collaboration under the sponsorship of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) as the Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable (MIHEART).

One of the goals of the group is to continue to drive attention and action to this vital talent attainment agenda. To periodically take stock of progress, consider how best to advance current efforts, as well as new work—all dedicated to helping Michigan realize a goal of 60% of its people earning valuable postsecondary education credentials by 2025, and make Michigan a talent leader.

This report lays out the progress and accomplishments to date, reflects on Michigan’s Talent Attainment performance, looks ahead and offers a call to action and a “total talent” state agenda for ensuring all our citizens get the education and skills to succeed in the economy of today and tomorrow. 


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RESOURCES

TOTAL TALENT

MIHEART

TALENT SUMMIT

HISTORICAL REPORTS