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Each year, Michigan's public universities serve about 303,000 students, focusing on the delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate education and equal educational opportunity.

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  • Gov. Snyder Makes Appointments to Mackinac Bridge Authority

    June 13, 2014/Michigan.gov

    LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Matthew E. McLogan, of Grand Rapids, and Barbara Arens, of Bloomfield Hills, to the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

    Established in 1950, the seven-member Mackinac Bridge Authority authorizes use of legal and financial services necessary to manage and finance bridge maintenance and repair projects.

    “I am pleased to appoint Matt and Barbara to the Authority and I am confident they have the expertise and experience to oversee one of Michigan's most cherished landmarks,” Snyder said.

    McLogan has been the vice president for university relations at Grand Valley State University for more than 27 years. He serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet and Budget Committee at GVSU and previously spent six years serving on the Michigan Public Service Commission. McLogan earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Michigan University.He will represent independents and replace Murray Wikol.
  • Business Leaders For Michigan Applauds Legislature's Action on FY 2015 University Budget

    Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, strongly applauded final passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the state’s public universities.

  • College Worth the Cost, But It Must Become More Affordable

    June 10, 2014/Detroit Free Press

    By Julia Grant

    College is a waste of time and money. Borrowing money to attend classes taught by ivory tower intellectuals is like scattering your dollars to the wind — only worse because of the heavy interest you’ll accumulate. You’ll be eating takeout food in your parents’ basement, and surfing the net instead of being gainfully employed — all because you weren’t sufficiently prepared by your expensive alma mater to get yourself a decent job.

    We’ve heard these laments all too often, on the Internet and in the national news media. There are the dot.com-ers who believe that they already have the technological know-how to initiate new enterprises, and yet another group of disgruntled college grads who seem to think that jobs should be handed out along with their degree.

    But try telling Ruben Watson — head of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps and a first-generation-college student himself — that college is a waste of time. Watson and members of both the Michigan and National College Advising Corps help students in low-income and underserved schools complete college application forms, attend college fairs, and even assist parents with filling out the dreaded financial aid forms, otherwise known as FAFSA. Both Michigan State and the University of Michigan send graduates to work in rural and urban schools where potentially first-generation college students are numerous. Watson claims that college opened new doors of professional opportunity for him and enriched his life in ways that he had never imagined.
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