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Postsecondary Access - Detroit Regional Chamber

Postsecondary Access

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Postsecondary Access Goal

To increase the percentage of high school students who are enrolling into postsecondary education within 12 months of graduation.

Indicators and Targets for 2030:

  • Increase enrollment by 20% of students within 12 months of high school graduation
  • Increase participation in college readiness interventions by 20%

Why focus on access?

Enrollment in postsecondary education– which is one of the greatest catalysts for economic mobility– is declining throughout the Detroit region. It is important to get more students in the door to pursue the opportunity of earning a degree or high-quality credential.

Equity Focus

A dedicated effort will be made to expand early postsecondary options in high school – especially among those with high populations of Black and Latinx students, who are typically underrepresented in this area.


Partners Committed to Improving Postsecondary Access

Over the next decade, Detroit Drives Degrees will continue to lead and convene partners to implement the postsecondary access strategies outlined in the Compact’s strategic plan. We appreciate the leadership of the organizations below who have pledged to support this work.

1.1: Provide college and career advising beginning in the 9th grade

Ajax Paving
Ballmer Group
Butzel Long
Consumers Energy
Detroit Charter Schools Collective
Detroit Children’s Fund
Detroit College Access Network
Eastern Michigan University
Google
Jamie & Denise Jacob Family Foundation
Macomb Community College
Macomb ISD
Michigan Hispanic Collaborative
Oakland Community College
Oakland Schools
The Skillman Foundation
Quicken Loans
Wayne RESA
Wayne State University

1.2: Develop a regional effort to combat summer melt

Ballmer Group
Detroit Charter Schools Collective
Detroit Children’s Fund
Detroit College Access Network
Emagine Entertainment, Inc.
Henry Ford College
Macomb ISD
Michigan Hispanic Collaborative
Oakland Schools
Oakland University
The Skillman Foundation
University of Michigan – Dearborn

2.1: Implement postsecondary transition courses across the region

Detroit College Access Network Wayne State University

2.2: Expand early postsecondary options so that all students equitably participate without sacrificing quality

Ajax Paving
Ballmer Group
Consumers Energy
Detroit Charter Schools Collective
Detroit Children’s Fund
Detroit College Access Network
Henry Ford College
Macomb ISD
Oakland Community College
Oakland Schools
The Skillman Foundation
Wayne County Community College District