Accelerating Credit: What can schools do to ensure students have a step toward their future after graduation?'s picture

High school students from across Michigan are benefitting from earning college credits while in high school. Not only is this a significant financial advantage, but research also shows students who earn credit in high school are more likely to graduate from college. By 2025, 65 percent of jobs in Michigan will require a postsecondary credential, and our workforce is not yet prepared to meet these new demands. As noted in a report titled The Best Education System for Michigan’s Success, "Only 36 percent of Michiganders over 25 years of age have earned an associate degree or higher – ranking Michigan 35th for degree attainment."

College degrees, of course, are not the only pathway to postsecondary success. Marketable postsecondary credentials including certificates, industry certifications, and apprenticeships, are also gateways to rewarding and well-paying careers. In Michigan, four percent of residents have earned a postsecondary credential. In addition, there is also compelling data around the gap that exists between the rate at which students from high- and low-income families participate in programming aimed at credit acceleration.

MASSP is partnering with: Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, Michigan Association of State Universities, Michigan Community College Association, and Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities to host a one-day event which will provide attendees with a vision of successful early college implementation from colleagues in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, attendees will learn about the wide array of options that districts in Michigan are utilizing to ensure high school students to attain college credits inclusive of: early and middle college, dual enrollment, articulated credits, certificated programs, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programming. The partners planning the event hope to bring higher ed and K-12 together to increase collaboration and foster more credit earning opportunities for students in Michigan.

We are also asking those of you with successful post secondary partnerships and credit bearing programs to share your great work in a breakout session.

Share Your Success. Present a Breakout Session.

Submit your proposal to lead a breakout session at the Accelerating Credit Conference. Proposals are being sought from districts, schools and their partners that are successfully running programs where students are earning college credit while in high school such as: middle/early college, dual enrollment, articulated credit, certificated programs, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. on March 15. Click here to learn more and submit your proposal.

Click here to register.