The MCSS creates reports and publications with support from our funders and key partners to support our initiatives and events. Selected reports and publications are available below. In addition, the MCSS maintains several affiliated websites with valuable resources for community college leaders including the Michigan Transfer Network, MiTransfer Pathways, Michigan Guided Pathways, and the Right Math at the Right Time.
Over the past three years, the Michigan Center for Student Success (MCSS) at the MichiganCommunity College Association (MCCA) has focused on implementing the statewide StrengtheningMiWorkforce Pathways project with generous grant funding from the Ascendium Education Group.The workforce-focused initiative is one of many system-level efforts among states in the StudentSuccess Center Network that embrace and recognize learner agility and learning that happensoutside the traditional classroom. The explicit focus on credit for industry credentials provides aframework for state-level strategies supporting community colleges’ efforts to improve studentcompletion rates.
In this report, the authors present findings from research on humanities coursetaking at Michigan community colleges conducted as part of the Strengthening Michigan Humanities (MiHumanities) project. The authors analyze quantitative data for students entering Michigan community colleges between academic years 2009-10 and 2017-18, and qualitative data from interviews and focus groups with faculty, administrators, and students at a number of Michigan community colleges. They find that while community college students and faculty identify benefits they associate with participation in humanities coursework, most Michigan community college students take relatively few humanities courses outside of English Composition, and the number of students taking non-composition humanities courses has declined modestly in recent years. The authors offer ideas on how states, intermediaries, and individual institutions can bolster humanities learning among community college students across all programs of study.
With no formal higher education governing body to set policy or coordinate initiatives, the MCSS has relied on individual leaders and practitioners within institutions to create a coalition of the willing who have worked to move the student success agenda forward. The article (published in New Directions in Community Colleges) provides a political and historical context for the center’s founding, explores the center’s accomplishments, and concludes by discussing considerations for coalition leaders in other states.
In winter 2022, MCSS launched a review of the state of developmental education reform at the 28 public community colleges in Michigan. This publication describes the scale of implementation of practices including corequisite delivery of developmental support for English composition, implementation of and support for mathematics pathways, and revised placement processes.
The MI-BEST initiative focuses on creating college systems that intentionally meet the holistic needs of students. This report is a compilation of the work that had taken place over the two-year span of the project. Highlights of the contributing factors to Michigan community colleges establishing sustainable systems of practice that address the holistic needs of students is also shared.
Points of Pride: Transfer Progress in Michigan (February 2021)
Organizing, Supporting, and Continuing Guided Pathways in Michigan (September 2020)
Following Where #MIFACULTYLEAD (September 2020)
Guided Pathways: The Scale of Adoption in Michigan (January 2018)
Skills Builders in Michigan Community Colleges (October 2017)
Michigan Credit When It's Due Digital Communication Kit (October 2017)
The Accelerated Learning Program in Michigan (November 2016)
Guided Pathways Cohort I: Progress and Success (September 2016)
Lessons Learned from Michigan's Project Win-Win (September 2016)
Project Win-Win Practice Guide (September 2016)
Tracking Transfer: June Issue (June 2016)
Tracking Transfer: May Issue (May 2016)
Tracking Transfer: April Issue (April 2016)
Using Multiple Measures for Placement in Mathematics (April 2016)