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Reaching for Opportunity: An Action Plan to Increase Michigan's Postsecondary Credential Attainment

November 29, 2015

In 2014 key leaders in higher education came together to form a Postsecondary Credential Attainment Workgroup to forge a new action plan for how Michigan can help many more citizens achieve the needed postsecondary credentials that will allow them to find a place, or create a place, in the economy of today and tomorrow. Over several months this workgroup assessed Michigan's population changes, benchmarked Michigan's overall postsecondary education performance; and performance by region, race, gender, age and income sub-groups. It examined what other states are doing differently and better; defined a goal for postsecondary attainment for Michigan; identified strategies to meet that goal; and perhaps most importantly, committed to continue to work together after releasing this report to advance this plan of action. The recommendations in this report are the strong consensus of the work group members, and have been reviewed by their organizations and constituencies. This report is the first step towards a new round of ongoing strategic action to ensure 60% of our citizens earn needed and valuable postsecondary credentials by 2025, and to make Michigan and its citizens economically competitive with the top performing states.

America's North Coast: A Benefit-Cost Analysis of a Program to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes

September 1, 2007

Examines the baseline ecological conditions of the Great Lakes and offers a plan for the area's environmental protection and restoration. Demonstrates how a restoration program can provide economic benefits that substantially exceed its costs.

Overarching Assessment of the Community Foundations Initiative: Final Report

October 2, 2003

An evaluation of The James Irvine Foundation's seven-year Community Foundations Initiative (CFI) to build the capacity of seven small- to medium-sized, emerging foundations in diverse parts of California and nurture them as long-term partners to Irvine in philanthropy.