The four-year Michigan Technological University, located in Houghton, Michigan, wanted to appeal to more minority students. It knew that several more urban community colleges including Wayne County Community College District, Delta College and Grand Rapids Community College, attracted higher percentages of Latino and African-Ameri can students than it did.
Michigan Tech is located in the northern part of the state, a 10-hour drive from Detroit and Wayne County, which is more rural and where fewer minorities reside. To encourage minorities to enroll, Michigan Tech established the Michigan College and University Partnership Program (MICUP) in 1996. Over the 19 years it has operated, more than 200 community college students have participated in MICUP and about a quarter of those students have transferred to Michigan Tech.
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