DCAN Update | Mar. 16, 2021
A Letter from our Executive Director
Hello College Access Champions,
The impact of this pandemic continues to be significant, and possibly challenging for many of you, as well as for the students and the families you serve from a social, financial, and mental health perspective. 
Presumably, it's no surprise to you that the pandemic has further exacerbated the equity gaps in college enrollment and to students' progress toward financial and economic mobility. In fact, the Class of 2020 saw record-breaking college enrollment declines. As of December 17, the National Student Clearinghouse reports that undergraduate enrollment, in Michigan, for Class 2020 was down 9.2% compared to Class 2019. This is the second-largest percentage drop for total enrollment for 2019-2020 of all states across the country. 
Nationwide, immediate college enrollment for Class 2020 fell 21.7% that is 8 times the drop for Class 2019 (2.8%). 
  • For students from low-income schools, this number is much worse with immediate college enrollment down 29.2%. 
  • That number is 26.4% for students from high-minority schools. 
  • Based on those percentages, an estimated 1 out of 5 Class 2020 high school graduates who would have gone to college did not, and that number is almost 1 out of 3 for graduates from a high poverty school.
Call to Action: Our duty to our students is to come together, all hands on deck, to support Class 2021. The continued, relentless efforts require us to lean in and ensure that our students have the information, resources and support needed to successfully graduate as well as transition to and through college.

DCAN is here to support you and your students and families. Please see below the Class of 2021 senior supports we will be providing this semester and this summer. As always, we are here to support your efforts, please reach out to us if you need assistance with engaging and supporting your seniors. We are here to support you!

Upcoming Class of 2021 Senior Supports:
  • Road to Matriculation Webinar Series: See below for more information.
  • Senior Admitted Days: See below for more information.
  • Promise Onsite Scholarship Days: Every Thursday in April students will have the opportunity to apply and get a scholarship to Detroit Promise schools. All schools will receive an email with information from the Detroit Promise team.
  • Citywide Decision Day: TBD
  • Summer Melt: See below for more information.


Ashley Johnson, PhD
Combating Summer Melt
Join Detroit College Access Network, Detroit College Ambassadors, and the Detroit Promise for our 3rd Annual Senior Admitted Days. Senior Admitted Days for Detroit graduating seniors who have been admitted to any of the following colleges:

  • Kickoff Celebration-4/19
  • Grand Valley State University- 4/10 0r 4/14
  • Oakland University- 4/28
  • Wayne State University- 4/29
  • Schoolcraft College-5/4
  • Henry Ford College- 5/19 & 5/20
  • Wayne County Community College- TBD
  • Closing Celebration-4/30

Each college will walk students through the next steps to fully enroll so they can show up on campus worry free in the fall! For more information, please register your high school or reach out to [email protected].
Share With Your Students
Join the Detroit Promise for their Road to Matriculation Webinar Series!

The next one is called Identifying Your Passion and Purpose: Options After High School, Career Passions, and Major Exploration. The webinar is March 24 from 3:30-4:30. Register below or join through the Detroit Promise Facebook Live.
Thank You to Our Team

Summer Melt is when a college intending student does not show up to campus in the fall, even if they've committed. This year, we are continuing our Summer Melt work and beginning early!

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in having your students involved in our summer melt initiatives including webinars, workshops, 1-1 advising and more. Check out our Summer Melt 2020 impact in the graphic to the right!
Submitted for SCECHs
Join us for our virtual April Lunch and Learn! It will be on April 21st from 10-1:30 PM. We will be covering the road to matriculation, soft and social emotional skills with presentations from Google and the Opportunity Network.
Let Us Know Your Plans!

College Decision Day is rapidly approaching and we want to know what your school is up to!

Please complete the following survey and let us know if you will be planning a school event and if you need support from DCAN.
Our friends at the Detroit Public Library have shared valuable resources with us that would be beneficial to your students through Tutor.com! Tutor.com can help students get their homework done, write their paper, or study for that test. Tutor.com also provides career services including help with resumes, interview prep, and job searches. All services are FREE with a Detroit Public Library Card.
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