Disinvestment in education betrays the next generation – an outcome no fair-minded person should accept because too often repair is not possible. Read here.
March 10, 2013/Detroit Free Press
By Patrick Doyle and Doug Rothwell
Michigan's economy is rebounding faster than most other states', but businesses here won't be able to get the high-skilled workers they need unless we commit to making higher education more affordable for more students.
That's true even though data show that Michigan's public universities, as a group, confer the fifth-highest number of degrees and certificates among all states. Even more impressive, Michigan produces the fourth-highest number of degrees and certificates in critical skills areas, including math, science, engineering and technology -- degrees that are needed to fill the high-paying, in-demand jobs that will help Michigan become a top-10 state for job, economic and personal income growth.
June 17, 2013/Mlive
By Rick Haglund
Universities are coming under fire for offering degree programs in which graduates have little likelihood of finding good-paying jobs, or finding jobs at all.
Forbes magazine and others have recently published lists of the least valuable college majors that include anthropology, fine arts, philosophy and religious studies and music.
There has been some talk in Lansing that Michigan universities should dump some of these programs and if they don’t, the Legislature should threaten to withhold funding from them.
June 17, 2013/CBS News Detroit
By Matt Roush
MT. PLEASANT (WWJ) – Four SAP business management software students from the Central Michigan University College of Business Administration are world champions after winning the fifth annual International ERPsim Competition last week.
CMU’s team competed against teams from 156 universities from around the world to qualify for the final round. Ten teams from universities such as Colorado State University, Purdue University and Universitas Islam Indonesia competed virtually from their campuses.
CMU team members Ashley Hall of Taylor, Ryan Vanneste of Washington Township, Jeremiah Primeau of Auburn and Nicole Ladouceur of Escanaba won CMU’s first annual ERPsim Invitational competition on campus this spring. Consumers Energy sponsored the team at CMU’s competition.
June 12, 2013/CBS News Detroit
GRAND RAPIDS — Grandville native Jake Hall never changed his major while in college. He knew he wanted to pursue an engineering career since his first year of high school.
He works full-time as a product design engineer and product manager for Viable Inc. in Grandville. Hall will graduate in August from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in product design and manufacturing engineering, and a minor in biomedical engineering.
Hall is among the 700 students annually who earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field from Grand Valley, representing roughly 13 percent of all degrees granted.