The Michigan Center for Student Success launched the MI-BEST initiative in January 2020. Participating colleges can find resources from past events and information for future events below. Additional resources are available on the MI-BEST Resources page. Contact Precious Miller, Coordinator of MI-BEST, with questions.
Save the date for the MI-BEST Workshop 3 (delivered via Zoom) with the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 8:30-11:30am. Colleges are encouraged to schedule a MI-BEST team meeting at this time. The virtual workshop will include presentations, team time, and breakout sessions. Register in advance for this meeting.
The MCSS will host the MI-BEST Workshop 2 with the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 from 8:30-11:30am. Colleges are encouraged to schedule a MI-BEST team meeting at this time. This virtual workshop will include a presentation regarding how colleges can use data from Voluntary Framework of Accountability, review of the MI-BEST Project and the current focus of the project and a panel discussion. Please view the agenda and slide deck for information in detail. Register in advance for this meeting.
The MI-BEST Meet ALICE Webinar (delivered via Zoom) with the Michigan Association of United Way was held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 1pm-2pm. This webinar supports colleges in identifying indicators that suggest economic instability, expose college teams to the Michigan ALICE report related local data, and support colleges in their efforts to connect with local United Way organizations. Access the webinar slide deck for reviewing.
MCCA was proud to collaborate with North Carolina Student Success Center and welcome Dr. Dominique Hammonds in this monumental webinar on July 15, 2020 from 1-2:30pm. During this impactful conversation, we defined trauma and the impact it can have on individuals. We also discussed bandwidth and it's connection to student success both inside and outside of the classroom. Participants received tools that can be immediately implemented as we approach the fall term. The webinar slide deck and recording is now available for your review.
The MI-BEST Project Lead Touch Base was held on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 from 9am-10:30am. The purpose of the connection was to update project leads on upcoming activities and project expectations and to give project leads the opportunity to engage with each other. We additionally facilitated cross-college sharing of campus practices and the sharing of student success ideas. The slide deck and notes summary of the Project Lead Touch Base is now available.
The MI-BEST Workshop 1 ( was delivered via Zoom) and facilitated alongside the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 8:30-11:30am. Due to the uncertainties of in-person convenings, we used this event as our (virtual) kick-off convening.This virtual workshop included presentations, team time, and breakout sessions. If you were unable to attend or would like to reference information shared at the workshop, you can now view the event documents and recording.
The MI-BEST Trellis Research Webinar (delivered via Zoom) was hosted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 from 1pm-2pm. This webinar was an introduction to the Trellis Organization, the Trellis Student Financial Wellness Survey, how the data from the survey can be used to impact your campus culture and the survey administration timeline. If you were unable to atend this webinar but would like to view the recording, you can do so now. You can also acces the slide deck, the survey question set and participation guidelines here: Trellis Student Financial Wellness Webinar
Please join us for the CARES Act Town Hall on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 9:00-10:30 am. Rob Johnstone and Priya Chaplot from the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement will join us to facilitate a discussion about how colleges are managing the CARES Act fund distributions to students. This engaging and interactive session will share new information and provide opportunities for colleges to share their successes and challenges. Registration is required. Contact Erica Orians at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Join us for the MI-BEST MIBridges partnership Webinar (delivered via Zoom) with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 from 3pm-4pm. This webinar will be an overview of the MiBridges portal and will support colleges in identifying which type of holistic supports are needed most by students at your institution. There are three different levels of engagement in which colleges can partner with MDHHS. This webinar will review those levels of engagement and how to become a MiBridges partner. The slides and webinar recording are available for participants unable to attend the live recording.
*This event is being postponed to a later date.
Registration is open for the kick-off convening on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Jackson College. On the morning of the event, registration will open at 9am, the program will begin at 9:30am and we expect to end by 4pm. The full agenda will also be finalized and shared with you in late February. Colleges are invited to register a team of 8-12 members including executive leadership, advising, faculty, development/fundraising staff, financial aid, faculty and community partners. This is the only in-person convening in 2020 and all other project activities will be delivered via Zoom. Please visit the agenda for further details of the day.
This webinar was for the leads identified by MI-BEST participating colleges. The slides and webinar recording are available for participants unable to attend the live event.
Please join us for the CARES Act Town Hall Part II on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 9:00-10:30 am. We will continue our CARES Act coversation with Rob Johnstone and Priya Chaplot from the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement was they facilitate a discussion about how colleges are managing the CARES Act fund distributions to students. This engaging and interactive session will share new information and provide opportunities for colleges to share their successes and challenges. For those unable to join us, the slide deck and discussion notes can also be downloaded.