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10th Annual Conference

The Urgency of College Access:
Challenges, Opportunities, and Impacts

Monday, November 6, 2017
Michigan League, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

World economies are increasingly driven by knowledge and information; the effects of globalization require greater civic engagement and cultural literacy. Postsecondary education remains the best way for citizens to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our evolving global landscape. Launched in 2009, the Big Goal sought to spur a college attainment rate of 60% in America by 2025. Although modest progress has been made, the US continues to lag behind other industrialized countries and the majority of college graduates are from privileged backgrounds. While 70% of jobs in Michigan now require training beyond high school, the state lags behind the nation’s average for college attainment and fewer than a quarter of the state’s high school graduates are college-ready. We must do better.

At the Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference, we will examine challenges to postsecondary attainment and explore opportunities to address them. Increasing access to postsecondary opportunities for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented college students will benefit the state and our nation. Scholars, researchers and practitioners will demonstrate the impact of promising approaches to inform, engage and inspire Michigan’s youth to pursue postsecondary education. Together, we can address The Urgency of College Access.


Jamie Casap, Educational Evangelist at Google


Jamie Casap

Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity.  Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap


Conference registration will begin in August. Conference fees will be as follows:

Early Bird (before Oct. 1) $100
Regular (on/before Oct. 1) $125
7-14-28 Presenters $75
Students $35
Student Volunteers FREE



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For more information about the Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference, please contact:

Adam Skoczylas
Program Manager