Since 2014, stakeholders across Michigan’s higher education policy community have been meeting to set an agenda that will ensure at least 60 percent of working-age adults in Michigan earn a skill certificate or college degree by 2030 (Sixty by 30). The Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable (MIHEART) is comprised of business, nonprofit, philanthropy, PK–12 education, higher education, and government leaders passionate about attracting and retaining talent in Michigan.

Since it was initiated, MIHEART has been focused on advocating for more resources to be put toward improving the talent pipeline in Michigan. The group works collaboratively to promote, advocate for, and lead policy changes that will generate improved postsecondary education and credential attainment levels in Michigan. The members of MIHEART are committed to working with stakeholders across the state, including Michigan’s Governor and Legislature, to create and attract jobs and make Michigan a top ten state for educational attainment.

MIHEART Recommendations (2022)

To reach Sixty by 30, MIHEART offers an update in 2022 to its “Michigan’s Talent Priority Top Ten Recommendations,” which was originally released as part of a report produced by MIHEART timed to convince legislators and the governor to make talent attainment a top public policy priority. Since the release of its last report, MIHEART’s primary goal has been adopted by the Governor and the Legislature.

A revised top ten list of recommendations offers a renewed call to action and a state-level agenda for ensuring Michiganders have the education and skills needed to succeed. The recommendations are aimed at equitably increasing college access for more Michiganders, helping students persist on an annual basis, and increasing the number of college completers.

To close Michigan’s talent gap, MIHEART’s top 10 recommendations include:

  • Improving postsecondary participation and completion rates by closing opportunity gaps
  • Increasing FAFSA completion among Michigan high school students
  • Increasing need-based state financial aid funding
  • Increasing postsecondary institutional annual operating support
  • Sustaining investment in and expanded eligibility for Michigan Reconnect
  • Allocating additional resources and aligning programs to support adult worker training and retraining
  • Increasing high school student participation in all forms of early college credit programs
  • Making progress toward the goal of a student-counselor ratio of 250:1 for high schools in Michigan
  • Continuing progress toward multi-institutional credit acceptance
  • Elevating and scaling national best practices and strategies among Michigan higher education institutions
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The 2018 Total Talent Report provided a fresh call to action and a set of state policy priorities and stakeholder initiatives to make Michigan a talent leader. The report below 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.


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: