The University of Michigan-Flint has joined nine of Michigan's other 15 public universities in announcing a bold new initiative to significantly streamline the college admissions process, boost enrollment and help students realize their full educational potential. Beginning this fall, participating universities in the Michigan Assured Admission Pact will admit in-state high school graduates who have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. These institutions will work together to promote the initiative to high school students, parents, secondary school partners, and college access organizations throughout the state.
In addition to UM-Flint, other universities committed to joining the MAAP for the fall 2024 admission cycle include Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University.
MAAP universities believe that a uniform and widely communicated standard for admission will reduce the uncertainty and anxiety that are often part of the college admissions process and empower students to achieve their educational goals. MAAP is a cooperative, cross-institutional effort aimed at increasing awareness of educational options among recent high school graduates and making the admissions process more efficient and transparent. This initiative is aligned with the state of Michigan's goal to have 60% of working-age adults possess a college degree or other post-secondary credential by 2030.
"Our future depends on helping young people graduate without debt so they can get a good-paying job and 'make it' in Michigan," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "The MAAP is proof of what's possible when we come together to create opportunity for tens of thousands of Michiganders. In tandem with the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, we are lowering costs, building a skilled workforce, and leading the future of advanced manufacturing, technology and so many other industries."
"Strengthening Michigan's talent pipeline to meet the needs of a transitioning economy is a key Business Leaders for Michigan priority," said Jeff Donofrio, president and chief executive officer of Business Leaders for Michigan. "The new MAAP initiative advances this goal by assuring admission to universities across the state for qualified students. It opens the doors of educational opportunity to more young people and creates pathways to the high-skill, high-wage careers that will help us build a strong foundation for Michigan's future economic success."
According to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the number of high school graduates in Michigan is expected to decline by 11.4% from 2022 to 2037. While many states are just now approaching the so-called "enrollment cliff," the number of high school graduates in Michigan has been flat or declining since 2008, when it peaked at over 123,000. By 2037, that number is expected to have decreased by nearly 40,000 graduates.
At the same time, Michigan high school graduates are less likely to pursue higher education than in previous years. The college-going rate among the state's high school graduates has declined each year from 2013 (65.8%) to 2022 (52.8%).
"Higher education is the surest path to prosperity for our state and its residents, yet college enrollment has been declining each year over the past decade," said Daniel Hurley, chief executive officer of the Michigan Association of State Universities. "MAAP aims to counter this trend by assuring that every high school graduate in Michigan with a 3.0 or higher will be admitted to all 10 participating public universities across the state. Combined with the new Michigan Achievement Scholarship, this collaborative effort will send a powerful message that a public university education in Michigan is more accessible than ever before."
To learn more about the Michigan Assured Admission Program, visit MAAP.org.
Daniel Hurley has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Association of State Universities since 2015. MASU serves as the coordinating board for Michigan’s 15 public universities, providing advocacy and fostering policy to maximize the collective value these institutions provide in serving the public interest and the state of Michigan. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.