November 11, 2019 - LANSING, Mich. — Michigan College Access Network is investing $10,000 into a publicly accessible, online portal that will feature effective, innovative and replicable student success initiatives being utilized at the state’s public universities. The portal is being launched in early 2020 by the Michigan Association for State Universities (MASU). The website will be the first of its kind for Michigan’s public universities, and one of the first for all state higher education governing and coordinating boards in the United States.

The Student Success Innovations Exchange, published on, will showcase policies, projects, programs and practices throughout the state to encourage replication among the state universities and other postsecondary providers. This tool is based on a successful national model created by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

A primary focus of student success programs and initiatives at Michigan’s state universities lies with students from underrepresented backgrounds, including those from low-income backgrounds, first-generation college students, students of color, military veterans and incarcerated students.   

“Assisting these populations in achieving greater levels of college access and degree completion is both a moral and economic imperative,” said Dan Hurley, CEO of MASU.

“MCAN looks forward to supporting this effort that will elevate best practices in student success, which ultimately leads to degree completion,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of MCAN. “By increasing knowledge of effective success work among the higher education community, students and our state will benefit.”

“The MASU Student Success Innovations Exchange website will serve as a high-value source for institutions to promote, share and replicate programs that have demonstrated success in increasing student outcomes, especially retention and degree completion rates,” said Dan Hurley, CEO of MASU. “This will be particularly helpful among underserved and under-represented student populations.”

The goal in launching the exchange is to showcase at least 30 initiatives among the state public universities that can serve as effective models. 

MCAN’s Innovative Program Grants are designed to fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment and completion in local communities across the state. Since these grants were introduced in 2016, MCAN has awarded more than $345,000 in 35 different Innovative Program Grants to organizations throughout Michigan.


About Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN has a mission to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color. For the eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41% in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4% of Michiganders have a postsecondary certificate, bringing Michigan’s official 2019 attainment rate to 45%. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60% by 2030. 


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