The goal of the Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC) is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education in the state of Michigan.
Following in the tradition of the AmeriCorps and Teach for America programs, the MCAC will recruit and train a diverse group of recent University of Michigan college graduates to work full-time as college advisers in underserved high schools throughout Michigan for one or two years following graduation. These advisers serve as an important resource for the schools as they assist high school students navigate every aspect of the college-going process.
The program strives to increase students' chances of persistence in postsecondary education by focusing on the best fit and match between the students and their college choices. Additionally, the program works to assist principals, counselors, and teachers foster a college-going culture at their school and in their community.
MCAC is one of 15 constituent programs in the National College Advising Corps; a consortium of colleges and universities whose aim is to increase the number of first-generation college going students in the United States.
History of the Program
In 2004, the University of Virginia piloted a project that utilized recent college graduates as "college guides" that were placed in underserved high schools in the Charlottesville area to serve as a resource for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students in need of assistance navigating the college-going process. In 2007, the project received a large grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the National College Advising Corps (NCAC) was formed and moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. With increased funding from sources such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Bank of America the program has grown to:
MCAC is a member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network