Legislation aims to get more adults back into higher education
Lame duck season is approaching in the Michigan Legislature. That's when the next crew of legislators has been elected, but the old crew is still in office, trying to get their priorities across the finish line
One bill package lawmakers are working on would refine a program aimed at helping people over 26 get college degrees and professional certificates.
Republican state Representative Ben Frederick says the state has heavily invested in the “Michigan Reconnect” program:
“But we didn’t really get at that outcomes and accountability side. So this idea that we are actually tracking, using data saying, ‘Are you providing tools to adult learners that have the consequence of improved outcomes for adult learners?’ Your completion rates, Your retention.”
The legislation would modify oversight of participating institutions and the grant structure for out-of-district students.