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10th Annual Arts in the House
Thursday, October 02, 2014 (109 reads)


September 23, 2014


The 10th annual Arts in the House program was a huge success. Student artists were recognized at the event, held on September 23, 2014. This year, a total of 27 pieces of artwork from our public four-year universities were selected and will hang in the House Office Building from October 2014 to September 2015. Each university uses its own guidelines for selecting artwork, nominating one to two pieces of student art. Final approval is made by the House staff as to which art will be displayed. Browse the brochure to see the featured artwork.


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Gov. Snyder Makes Appointments to Mackinac Bridge Authority
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 (633 reads)


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.


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Business Leaders For Michigan Applauds Legislature's Action on FY 2015 University Budget
Thursday, June 12, 2014 (546 reads)


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.



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College Worth the Cost, But It Must Become More Affordable
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (548 reads)


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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The Private Burden of Public Colleges
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 (305 reads)


May 22, 2014/The Washington Post

By Catherine Rampell

Climbing walls, Jacuzzis, exotic chefs. There are lots of (misguided) explanations for skyrocketing tuition costs at public colleges and universities, which educate about three-quarters of America’s postsecondary students.

Of course, very few schools actually offer any of these country-club-like amenities, despite the attention and mockery they’ve earned in the press. So on to the latest scapegoat: greedy executives, or so suggests the coverage of two recent reports about highly paid college presidents. Their outsize compensation is supposedly yet another sign of bloated, bureaucratic colleges’ inability to control runaway spending.

You can definitely debate whether public institutions are spending on the right things (including compensation for both executive and athletic personnel; in most states, the highest-paid public employee is a college athletic coach). But these days it’s hard to complain that public colleges are spending too much overall, or even that their spending is rising. Total spending per student at public schools has actually stayed about flat over the past decade, once you control for inflation.


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SARA Changes Way Schools Cross State Lines
Thursday, May 22, 2014 (282 reads)


May 19, 2014/Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

By Richard Crofton

SAULT STE. MARIE — In a way to protect higher education students as consumers, a new process is being developed which states and institutions can take advantage of over the current system.

Several years ago, the federal government told institutions they had to follow state laws in states they were operating in.

For example, if a university in Michigan was advertising in Chicago, that university would need permission from Illinois and abide by that state’s laws. The same as if an institution owned a building in another state, taught an out-of-state student online or had students interning in another state.

“The rules changed periodically among the states and the costs varied,” said Lake Superior State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Morrie Walworth. “If we would break the rules and some state decides to sue, we could lose financial aid and other federal aid.”

Thus the birth of SARA or State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.


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TV Documentary Portrays Partnership of College Students, Wounded Veterans and Corporate America
Thursday, May 15, 2014 (265 reads)


May 15, 2014/Michigan Tech News

By Jennifer Donovan

It started out as a senior class project. It ended up as a passion for a team of engineering students and their unlikely partners—a group of wounded veterans.

Now a documentary has been made about the handcycles designed and built by Michigan Technological University mechanical engineering students for the Achilles Freedom Team athletes—wounded veterans who race in marathons.

The documentary is called The Wings of Angels, and it premieres this month on the American Heroes channel, a Discovery cable channel. Three showings are scheduled:

9 a.m. Saturday, May 17
9 a.m. Saturday May 24
9 a.m. Saturday May 31


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Long Time Coming: Cerebral Palsy Won't Stop University of Michigan-Flint Student from Graduating after 14 Years
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (370 reads)


April 30, 2014/MLive

FLINT, MI – Giving up was not an option for Tim Elliott.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 9 months old, Elliott was determined not to let his disability keep him from getting a college degree.

Now -- 14 years after he took his first class at the University of Michigan-Flint -- Elliott will finally cross the stage to receive his bachelor's degree in computer science this weekend.

What will he be thinking at that moment? "Holy cow, I finally made it."

It hasn't been easy.

Confined to a motorized wheelchair, his right hand is the only small bit of fine motor skills that Elliott has left. As a result, it took him a little longer to accomplish tests and quizzes and his classload was two or three classes a semester.


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Universities Not to Blame for Michigan's Nursing Shortage
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (364 reads)


April 29, 2014/MLive

By Dr. Cynthia McCurren, President, Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing
Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University

On behalf of the Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing (representing Michigan’s 22 baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs), I am responding to the April 23rd column by Ken Braun titled “Public universities prop up Michigan’s nursing shortage.”

Allowing community colleges to offer four year nursing degree programs will do nothing to address the bottleneck in nursing education and will not remedy nursing shortages. The real problems that need to be addressed are the lack of space for clinical learning and too few qualified faculty.

While it is desirable for Michigan to have more baccalaureate-trained nurses, allowing community colleges to offer bachelor degrees in nursing will not increase the numbers of nurses in our state, will not impact the nursing shortage, and will not address waiting lists for entry into nursing programs at community colleges or universities.


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Deep Cuts Won't Revive Detroit: Opposing View
Monday, April 28, 2014 (359 reads)


April 27, 2014/USA Today

By M. Roy Wilson

The last nine months of bankruptcy proceedings have been filled with difficult decisions. Sacrifices have been made by all parties involved with a singular goal in mind— creating a stronger Detroit. I disagree with the notion that citizens and pensioners will not sacrifice enough in the current bankruptcy proposal.

Despite working hard for decades and playing by the rules, retirees stand to receive reductions in not only pension checks but also health care.

OUR VIEW: Restructuring more like a tweak

Yes, the pension funds were irresponsibly managed and the city's books moving forward have to be balanced. Even so, if the goal of this bankruptcy reorganization is to get the city back on its feet again and encourage people to return to Detroit, it would be shortsighted to increase the burden on retirees, or to sell off one of America's great art collections.


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Susan E. Borrego Appointed University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor
Thursday, April 24, 2014 (271 reads)


April 17th, 2014/UM-Flint News

The University of Michigan Board of Regents today approved Susan E. Borrego as the next chancellor of UM-Flint. Borrego will begin her five-year appointment August 1, 2014.

“I am confident that Dr. Borrego will be a strong leader and advocate for the campus as well as the community. As chancellor, she will further the critical role of UM-Flint in our region and state,” said President Mary Sue Coleman.

Borrego currently serves as the vice president for enrollment management, planning, and student affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Throughout her extensive career in higher education, Borrego has been a leader in the areas of enrollment management, diversity, student success programs, and student affairs.


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University Leaders Skeptical of Lowering Gov. Rick Snyder's Proposed 3.2 Percent Tuition Increase Cap
Monday, March 03, 2014 (451 reads)


By Brian McVicar

February 28, 2014/MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Presidents of four Michigan universities – including Grand Valley State and Ferris State – were noncommittal Thursday when asked in a state hearing whether they would accept capping tuition increases at 2.6 percent instead of 3.2 percent.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed higher education budget would require Michigan’s 15 public universities to limit tuition increases to 3.2 percent – two times the rate of inflation – to receive full funding.

But during a state Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee meeting, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Antwerp Township, asked whether the universities could manage to limit tuition increases to an even lower level – 2.6 percent or less. She said members of the state House have discussed lowering the cap.


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EMU Growing and Graduating more Students While Holding Down Tuition, President Martin Tells Lansing Lawmakers
Friday, February 21, 2014 (472 reads)


February 20, 2014/EMU News

By Geoff Larcom

Eastern Michigan University and its graduates playing critical role in revival of southeastern Michigan, Martin says in annual testimony before Senate subcommittee

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University is growing, enrolling more students and graduating more as well while remaining an excellent steward of taxpayers’ dollars, President Susan Martin told Michigan lawmakers.

In her annual testimony before members of the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee in Lansing, on Feb. 20, Martin noted Eastern’s growth while leading the state of Michigan in tuition restraint over the last five years.

“We provide a quality education at an affordable price and have not walked away from Michigan citizens who dream of being the first in their family to walk across the stage and earn a college degree,” Martin said.


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SVSU Board Appoints New President
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (616 reads)


February 10, 2014/SVSU News

By: J.J. Boehm

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control appointed Donald Bachand as the school’s next president. Bachand was selected from a group of four finalists who interviewed on campus January 28-31. He becomes the fourth president of SVSU, replacing Eric Gilbertson, who is retiring after more than 24 years of service.

“As the Board evaluated the candidates, it became clear to us that Don best demonstrated the attributes we were seeking in the new president,” said Board chair Jeff Martin. “He is a dynamic leader and an excellent listener, and he sets high standards and expectations for faculty and staff.

“We wanted someone who could maintain enrollment in the face of declining high school graduates, help students succeed academically, and improve graduation rates. We are confident that Don is ready for these challenges.”


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Mark S. Schlissel Named 14th President of the University of Michigan
Friday, January 24, 2014 (456 reads)


Jan. 24, 2014/University of Michigan News

Contact Rick Fitzgerald

ANN ARBOR—With a unanimous vote of the Board of Regents, Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., today was appointed the 14th president of the University of Michigan. The vote took place during a special meeting of the board at the Michigan Union.

Schlissel, currently serving as provost of Brown University, will succeed Mary Sue Coleman July 1, 2014. Coleman is retiring after 12 years leading U-M.

"This is an exciting time for the University of Michigan," said Andrea Fischer Newman, chair of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. "Mark Schlissel brings an exceptional portfolio of scholarship and leadership, and just as importantly a tremendous commitment to Michigan's public ethos. I am confident Mark will lead the university into its next century focused on our deepest ideals of world-class academic excellence and public impact."

Schlissel, age 56, is a nationally recognized biomedical researcher who has risen through the ranks of academic and administrative positions in higher education. Before being named provost at Brown in 2011, Schlissel was University of California at Berkeley's Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters & Science and held the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry.


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Michael Boulus: Time for State Reinvestment in Higher Education if We Want to Return to Prosperity
Friday, January 24, 2014 (144 reads)


January 28, 2014/MLive

By Michael A. Boulus

It’s time for a strategic reinvestment in Michigan’s public universities. The state has the resources. Now we will find out if it has the wisdom to invest with an eye toward future growth, or if we will meekly accept our current position as one of the bottom 10 states in the nation in per capita support for higher education.

In a decade when college graduates have become the most vital resource for growing economies – the states with the most graduates living in them are the most prosperous, as those highly educated individuals attract good paying jobs and provide entrepreneurial bounce – Michigan has been among the national leaders in slashing support for higher education.

Overall state higher education spending, including money for private colleges and the state’s limited investment in scholarships, has dropped by $500 million from 2002 to this year. Per student support public universities has been cut nearly in half on an inflation adjusted basis, forcing universities to raise tuition to maintain the high quality students are demanding.


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LSSU Board Chooses Thomas Pleger Ph.D. as Eighth President
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (502 reads)


January 21, 2014/LSSU News

By Tom Pink

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s Board of Trustees has selected Thomas Pleger Ph.D. of Wisconsin to be the next president of the institution.

The university has reached an agreement with Dr. Pleger and is expected to formalize his appointment at its regular meeting on Jan. 24 in the LSSU Walker Cisler Center.

Pleger, who is campus executive officer and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, was one of three finalists chosen by a search committee who reviewed candidates for the position over the past several months. The committee, which included members of the campus and Sault Ste. Marie community and was led by LSSU Board of Trustees Chair Patrick Egan, was assisted by executive recruitment firm EFL Associates.

Pleger replaces current LSSU President Tony McLain, who announced in 2012 that he would be retiring. He will be LSSU’s eighth president.


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Recipe for Strong Higher Ed
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (418 reads)


January 14, 2014/Inside Higher Ed

By Bernard Lane for The Australian

Governments that are tight-fisted and keen to exercise control are least likely to preside over a higher education system of quality.

In a paper on what sets apart strong national systems, the University of Melbourne's Ross Williams and colleagues point out that most countries with high output in teaching and research put in plenty of resources. The authors also stress the role of government policy and regulation that allows universities freedom to innovate, manage their affairs and attract talented staff.

Yet the links between this regulatory environment, investment and output are not simple, they say in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.

"In the Nordic countries, high levels of government expenditure on higher education are accompanied by a regulatory regime that monitors use of these resources fairly closely; in the U.S., there is less government investment and less regulation," they say.


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Out of Foster Care, Into College
Thursday, October 31, 2013 (713 reads)


October 30, 2013

By Michael Winerip 

BY definition, foster children have been delinquent, abandoned, neglected, physically, sexually and/or emotionally abused, and that does not take into account nonstatutory abuses like heartache. About two-thirds never go to college and very few graduate, so it’s a safe bet that those who do have an uncommon resilience.

In a society where many young men and women live with their parents well into their 20s, foster children learn quickly that they are their own responsibility. To find someplace to live in 10th grade Kaleef Starks, now an A student at the University of California, Los Angeles, but back then (to use his words) a gay, effeminate, abused teenager, went to the local library, logged onto a computer and Googled “homeless shelters for youth.”

His closest friend at U.C.L.A., Bianca Boccara, had parents who made her go panhandling with them because they knew passers-by would be more likely to donate if they saw a young child.


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Stephen Henderson: Snyder Must Sell How a 2nd Term Would Overcome Shortcomings of His 1st
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (748 reads)


September 24, 2013/Detroit Free Press

By Stephen Henderson

For three straight months, Michigan’s unemployment rate has gone higher, even as the national rate drops and many other states — including some in our region — have seen more significant job growth.

That’s not an economic blip. It’s a verdict on Gov. Rick Snyder’s first term.

Is Michigan doing better now than it was when Snyder took office? Unquestionably, by many measures.

But Snyder’s agenda — massive business tax cuts, slashing regulation and breaking the unions’ political backs — isn’t getting an awful lot of people back to work in Michigan. Even worse, his hits to K-12 and higher education undermine long-term economic growth, while his plans to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure have stalled.


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Seven State Coalition Pushes for More Information about Military Credit Recommendations
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (694 reads)


September 19, 2013/Inside Higher Ed

By Paul Fain

Statewide higher education offices in seven Midwestern states have banded together to help student veterans earn college credit for the training and experience they receive in the U.S. military.

Roughly one million veterans have enrolled [1] in college after returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of those students say they have not received an adequate number of credits for skills they learned while in the military.

A growing number of lawmakers are paying attention to that problem. Some say they want student veterans to avoid wasting time and money re-learning what they already know.


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Change Coming at the Top at Several Michigan Universities
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 (656 reads)


August 26, 2013/Detroit Free Press

by David Jesse

It doesn’t take M. Roy Wilson long to cover the stretch of Wayne State University’s campus between his on-campus apartment and his office in the administration building. Both are in the far northern end of the Midtown Detroit campus.

But WSU’s new president is taking in a much broader view of the campus. As Wilson heads to meeting after meeting with the university’s deans, he’s walking to their offices scattered across campus, even when he headed over to the medical school, which is off the main campus.


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Should You Go to College?
Friday, May 31, 2013 (1108 reads)


May 31, 2013/The Atlantic

by Derek Thompson

Students are used to thinking of college as a requirement, or a career accelerator, or four-year party. But maybe it's best to think of it as a straightforward investment. 

Before making an investment in a stock or a house, you would do research. You would consider the costs weighed against future returns. You would know there are no guarantees. It should be the same with college. Like buying a house, the most important question isn't the total price, but whether you can afford to pay it off in the long run.



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More Wrong Track on Education Policy
Thursday, April 04, 2013 (1109 reads)


April 2, 2013/Michigan Future, Inc.

By Lou Glazer 

Two important editorials highlight how far off track too many state policy makers are when it comes to education policy. And that the consequence of bad policy is harmful not just to Michigan kids (what matters most) but also to employers and the economy. Both are must reads!

The Detroit News in an editorial entitled Michigan kids deserve a strong educational foundation: Weakening state curriculum would make Michigan students less competitive makes the case against lowering high school graduation requirements. Adoption of those standards seven years ago was one of the signature accomplishments of the Granholm years. They passed with broad bi-partisan and business community support. They represent a major step in educating all Michigan kids for the economy they are going to live in rather than the one their parents and grandparents lived in which is in irreversible decline.


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Guest Commentary: Michigan's Economic Future Depends on Greater Funding of Universities
Monday, March 11, 2013 (1176 reads)


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.



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Editorial: Grading Universities Will Improve Performance
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 (997 reads)


February 19, 2013/Detroit News
 
Wide consensus exists that if Michigan is to become a top state for jobs and investment, it must develop a stronger talent pool. That is, we must invest more in our colleges and universities. But along with the increased funding comes an expectation of better performance, and that's something that must be constantly measured.
 
Gov. Rick Snyder is adding in his latest budget proposal $25 million to the $1.4 billion allocated for higher education.
 


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Editorial: Higher education is Worth Higher Priority
Friday, February 08, 2013 (868 reads)


Feb. 7, 2013/Lansing State Journal 

Don't let roads, other areas overshadow
 
Michigan has more to do to improve its higher education funding.
 
Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2014 budget proposal will give lawmakers plenty to chew over in weeks ahead. Several of his priority issues will be controversial, not least among them proposals to substantially increase gas taxes and registration fees to help raise some $1.2 billion needed for Michigan roads, an effort the editorial board has previously supported. Unfortunately, a critical area that deserves more attention will likely get too little: Restoring the still anemic funding for higher education


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COMMENTARY — State Universities are More Vital Than Ever
Monday, February 04, 2013 (839 reads)


January 28, 2013/Holland Sentinel

By Michael A. Boulus


Is there a higher education bubble in Michigan? The Mackinac Center recently suggested there is, and recommended Michigan scale back spending on higher education even further (state higher education support per student is down 48 percent in the last decade). Consider this: 62 percent of jobs in Michigan will require some form of post-secondary education or training by 2018, according to research by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Today, only 36 percent of Michigan residents have an associate’s degree or more; only 24 percent have a bachelor’s degree or more. We are in the bottom 15 of states in both measures. It’s the biggest reason that we are one of the poorest states in the nation.



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Pleas Intensify for More College Aid: $600 Million Surplus Should Go to Beef Up Higher Ed, Supporters Say
Monday, February 04, 2013 (731 reads)


February 4, 2013/The Detroit News


Aditya Sathi pays $12,800 annually in tuition as a full-time University of Michigan student. If he had attended the university 10 years ago, his bill would have been $7,224 — or almost half of that. The 77 percent tuition jump reflects similar increases at the state's other 15 public universities after an estimated $1 billion cut in state support to higher education during the past decade. The reduction in aid accelerated during the recent recession when state revenues began to fall faster. Local lawmakers pulled back support to universities, leading schools to increase tuition.




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Retooling schooling: Colleges Add Lures as They Fish a Smaller Student Pool
Monday, February 04, 2013 (526 reads)


February 4, 2013/Crain's Detroit Business

 

By Gary Anglebrandt

 

By August, more than 500 University of Michigan-Dearborn students are expected to take up residence in The Union at Dearborn, a $30 million redevelopment of a former Ford Motor Co. diagnostic center.

 

Higher education institutions always are under pressure to attract students. This is why they advertise, invest in their campuses, run popular sports programs and launch fundraising campaigns.



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Michigan Young Innovators Recognized in Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (656 reads)


January 28, 2013/Prima Civitas Foundation  

Contact: Steven Bennett
VP for Innovation and Region Building

 

EAST LANSING, MI - On Saturday, Jan. 26th, the Prima Civitas Foundation (PCF) recognized the winners of its recent 2012 Young Innovators Competition by distributing more than $10,000 in cash prizes at an awards ceremony in East Lansing. In addition to the awards, PCF will also work with students to locate local resources for nurturing and launching their innovative ideas.

The 4th annual competition, conducted under PCF's C.S. Mott Foundation funded Moving Ideas to Market entrepreneurship Initiative, challenged 6th - 12th grade students in Michigan to submit business ideas for new products, solution-focused ideas, and mobile applications.



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Lou Glazer: Improving Michigan's Business Climate May Not Yield Dividends Some Expect
Monday, January 07, 2013 (872 reads)


January 6, 2013/Detroit Free Press

 

By Lou Glazer

 

Gov. Rick Snyder predicts that his administration's efforts will soon secure Michigan's place among the nation's top 10 states for business climate.

 

But in a pair of essays getting wide circulation in the business community, Lou Glazer, the cofounder and president of the nonpartisan think tank Michigan Future, warns that achieving that distinction may not translate into high standards of living for most Michiganders.



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Michigan Tries to Lure Best, Brightest Back
Monday, December 10, 2012 (853 reads)


December 5, 2012/Detroit News

 

By Kim Kozlowski

 

Chicago — When Monique Bush graduated from Michigan State University 10 years ago, she landed at the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing the city to out-of-towners. 


After two years of working to attract business to Detroit, Bush quit and moved to Chicago.

"One day I said to myself, 'I have to move here,'" said Bush, a Farmington Hills native who recently bought a condo on Chicago's north side. "I felt if I didn't leave, I would be stuck in Michigan. (And) if I don't do it now, I am never going to do it."



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Opposing view: $10K Degree a Populist Gimmick
Monday, December 03, 2012 (826 reads)


USA Today/December 2, 2012

 

By Daniel J. Hurley

 

Best way to keep college costs affordable is for states to invest more.

 

OUR VIEW: $10k college degrees are on to something

 

One proposal espoused by Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Rick Scott of Florida is the creation of a $10,000 four-year bachelor's degree. Of all the solutions for strengthening college access and student success, this one falls exceptionally short.



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Spartans & Wolverines Agree! Vote "NO" on Proposal 5!
Thursday, October 18, 2012 (950 reads)


Spartans & Wolverines Agree! Vote "NO" on Proposal 5!

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Regardless of the Cost, College Still Matters
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (997 reads)


October 2012/the Hamilton Project

 

By Adam Looney & Michael Greenstone

 

According to today's employment report, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in September, falling below 8 percent for the first time since January 2009. Furthermore, the share of working-age Americans who are employed increased to 58.7 percent, the highest level since May 2010. Employers added 114,000 jobs last month, and an average of more than 145,000 over the past three months, roughly the same pace of job growth experienced over 2011 and 2012. (These figures do not reflect the anticipated update to the payroll data, which will be official in February and is expected to show that the level of employment was 386,000 jobs higher in March 2012 than previously reported.)



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EDITORIAL: Russi Deserves Kudos for OU Leadership
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (884 reads)


September 12, 2012/The Oakland Press

During Gary Russi’s tenure as president, Oakland University has evolved into a top-rated academic institution, and he has become a well-regarded leader in the region.

Under his tutelage since 1996, Oakland University created a 10-year plan that paved the way for Oakland's unprecedented growth in stature and size that helped the university realize its institutional priorities.


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In Decade of Challenges and Triumphs, Mary Sue Coleman Transforms University of Michigan
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 (866 reads)


Detroit Free Press/September 4, 2012

Standing behind a podium, dressed in her formal academic gown, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman broke into a smile last week as her speech in front of entering freshmen deviated a bit from a stock welcome-to-campus-you're-going-to-do-great-things pep talk.

She told the students to drop by her house.


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5 Michigan universities make top 100 in U.S., according to Washington Monthly
Monday, August 27, 2012 (708 reads)


August 27, 2012/Detroit Free Press

Five Michigan universities made the list of America’s top 100 institutions of higher learning as ranked today by Washington Monthly.

The University of Michigan was ranked 13th, Michigan State was 34th, Michigan Tech was 63rd, Western Michigan was 90th and Wayne State 95th.



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Study: More Michigan Universities Add Entrepreneur Classes, Clubs, Contests
Monday, May 07, 2012 (1158 reads)


May 04, 2012/Crain's Detroit Business


LANSING — Entrepreneurial degrees, classes, clubs and competitions are on the rise at all 15 Michigan public universities, a development that officials say bodes well for community and economic development, a survey has found.

 

"It's pretty phenomenal how much has begun happening in a short period of time," said Rob Fowler, CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan and chair of the entrepreneurship committee of the Michigan Sense of Place Council, which released the survey.

 

"It seems like it's happening all over the state," he said. "Much of it is student-led, but it includes entrepreneurship degrees at the bachelor's and master's level, helping companies in their communities through venture capital funds and incubators, and student clubs and companies."



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Women at the Helm of Michigan Universities Speak About Success
Monday, April 30, 2012 (1038 reads)


April 28, 2012/Lansing State Journal


Michigan is ahead of the curve in terms of having women at the helm of its major universities.

Eastern Michigan, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan all have female presidents.

“That’s still pretty much unusual historically and even currently across the country,” says Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.



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New Michigan Museum Showcases Racist Artifacts
Thursday, April 19, 2012 (1143 reads)


April 19, 2012/AP


Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia says it has amassed the nation’s largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era


BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — The objects displayed in Michigan’s newest museum range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures, to the grotesque — a full-size replica of a lynching tree. But all are united by a common theme: They are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe.

That’s the idea behind the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, which says it has amassed the nation’s largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era, from Reconstruction until the civil rights movement, and beyond.


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What's More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College
Friday, April 06, 2012 (932 reads)


March 27, 2012/The Atlantic


There is a cost to not educating young people. The evidence is around us and all over the world.


If you want to feel optimistic about the state of things for unemployed, disengaged, and dissatisfied youths in America, here's a way. Spin a globe. Stop it with your finger. If you touch land, the overwhelming odds are that the young people in that country are doing much worse.



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Michigan Turnaround Certainly Underway
Friday, March 30, 2012 (792 reads)


March 26, 2012/Grand Rapids Business Journal

 

Business Leaders for Michigan Wants State to be Among Top 10 Again

 

By Peter Daly


 

Things were much more grim across the state of Michigan two and a half years ago when Business Leaders for Michigan was formed to try to turn around the state's economy, using the influence of business leaders on state government.



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Fight Against Concealed Guns in 'Pistol-Free Zones' Ramps up After Opponents Caught Off Guard
Thursday, March 29, 2012 (882 reads)


March 29, 2012/Mlive.com

Hospitals, colleges, schools and other groups are lining up to oppose legislation that would allow concealed handguns on their premises.

Support from gun rights groups was strong, with little opposition, when an overhaul of Michigan's concealed weapons law was unveiled at a Senate committee and easily passed last week. It now is before the full Senate.

Representatives of several organizations said the new push to relax zones where concealed guns are forbidden caught them by surprise.


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Bill to Expand Community Colleges is Unnecessary, Would Cost Taxpayers, Students
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 (845 reads)


March 6, 2012/Detroit News

Today, Michigan's community colleges fill an important role in the state's education spectrum, providing relatively low-cost options for students who go on to four-year colleges and universities, or serving as a center for worker retraining.

The Detroit News argues that House Bill 4496 would just give colleges a "narrow" group of majors in which to offer four-year degrees ("Give colleges a narrow four-year degree option," March 1). But even recent history shows that mission creep is inevitable. In 2010, a version of the bill was introduced with supporters saying they only had a "narrow" agenda: nursing, culinary arts, concrete technologies. Now it's back, with maritime technology and energy production technology added. Next year it'll be something else.


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What's the Value of a College Degree? Turns out Education Improves Everything from Health to Marriage
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (1060 reads)


Kalamazoo Gazette/January 23, 2012

 

A large body of research indicates that the value of a college degree affects almost every aspect of life.


The conventional wisdom these days -- OK, the more cynical version of conventional wisdom -- is that a college degree is a ticket to student debt and not much else.

 

Just a few days ago on mlive.com, commenter spikes 11 made a sarcastic reference to how higher education results in a "$25,000 job after 5 years and $100k in student loans to pay off for the next 50 years."



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Campus Governments Talk Student Issues at Conference
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 (1093 reads)


December 4, 2011/The Michigan Daily


 

The Michigan Student Assembly hosted its first Student Association of Michigan this past weekend to foster increased discussion among student governments within the state about issues affecting every college student in Michigan.

 

Founded in 2007, SAM is a student-led organization comprised of representatives from student governments at the 15 public universities in Michigan. Jay Gage, SAM president and a student at Lake Superior State University, said the organization aims to work collaboratively with student governments to generate policies that can make an impact among students.



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Gov. Rick Snyder's Talent Message: What Happened to Letting the Market Decide?
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 (1317 reads)


December 05, 2011/MLive.com


In Gov. Rick Snyder's latest special message, he made a vague pronouncement that community colleges, universities and trade schools should stop "overproducing" graduates in areas Michigan doesn't need.

He notes that Michigan could use people trained in computer programming, math, health care and engineering. But the governor doesn't say what programs colleges should cut or cut back.


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Wanted: A Higher Education System for a Global Economy
Monday, October 10, 2011 (1212 reads)


October 10, 2011/Michigan Future


Our view of the purpose of higher education is taking a dangerous step in the wrong direction. As reflected in a recent Bridge article increasingly policy makers and opinion leaders are making the case that Michigan’s public universities should primarily be in the business of preparing students for a professional job in the student’s major with a Michigan employer immediately upon graduation. In a previous post I have dealt with why the immediate job standard is harmful. Here I want to explore why “for a Michigan employer” is just as bad.

 

For more than a century what it has meant to be a Michigan resident and taxpayer is access at affordable rates to a world class system of public higher education that prepares students to better take advantage of life’s opportunities no matter where you choose to live and work after college.



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Universities Don't Back Merger
Thursday, October 06, 2011 (1043 reads)


October 6, 2011/Detroit Free Press


Restructuring plan could mean end to autonomy


DETROIT - Although Michigan's universities are working together more than ever, there's no need to consolidate them into one statewide system, the presidents of the state's biggest three said Tuesday.

"I think we are some of the most responsive (higher education) institutions to the state's needs anywhere in the country," University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman told the Detroit Economic Club. She added she didn't think that would be the case if all the universities were grouped under one system.



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Guest Commentary: To Truly Boost State, Invest in Public Goods
Monday, September 26, 2011 (1106 reads)


September 25, 2011/Detroit Free Press


Michigan and the nation are struggling to identify what can reboot our economy and grow jobs again. A leading argument is that low taxes and reduced government are the answer.

 

The truth is that to be truly "business friendly" requires strategic investment in public goods -- the things the market does not do itself -- that in turn support business and create conditions for economic growth.



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State Must do the Right Thing by MSU
Monday, July 25, 2011 (1238 reads)


July 23, 2011/Lansing State Journal
 

 

A state lawmaker accused Michigan State University officials of "getting cute with the definition of 'academic year' " to slip in a larger tuition increase than allowed by the state appropriations bill. At stake is an $18.3 million tuition restraint payment.

 

One could more correctly argue that lawmakers used sloppy language in their bill. Fortunately, lawmakers also gave Budget Director John Nixon the authority to decide whether a university is complying with tuition restraint guidelines. Now he must be the rational voice to end this silly sideshow.

 

Here's the back story.

 

The budget passed on June 21 appropriates $222.8 million to MSU for operations and an additional $18.3 million if it complies with "tuition restraint."



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Guns on Campus Fails in 15 states
Thursday, July 21, 2011 (1140 reads)


Jul 21, 2011/The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus


As most state legislatures’ sessions draw to a close, another component of the gun lobby’s extremist agenda - forcing hidden and loaded handguns onto college campuses hit a stiff wall of opposition in 2011, as 15 states defeated guns on campus legislation. All told, twenty three states introduced some form of legislation that would have forced colleges and universities to allow students and/or faculty to carry guns on campus. There were however, two setbacks in Mississippi and Wisconsin, where legislation was signed to allow the carrying of concealed weapons on certain parts of public campuses (among other public places).

Despite the setbacks in Mississippi and Wisconsin, major victories occurred this year in places like Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada and Texas. Perhaps the biggest defeat came in Texas, as nearly everyone, including the press, felt that guns on campus would be a lock this time around. However, student lead opposition, coupled with a strong network of gun violence survivors and others created an environment that delayed an eventual vote in the State Senate and may have prevented a vote in the State House (legislation passed the State Senate as an amendment, but was deemed non-germane in the House and never came up.)


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NMU Tuition Hike Best Outcome in Difficult Situation
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 (1119 reads)


July 19, 2011/The Mining Journal


The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees voted last week to increase tuition by 6.99 percent for the 2011-2012 academic year. While we're sorry to see the cost of higher education continue to inflate, we're glad the hike wasn't even more severe.

The tuition increase will mean resident undergrads will pay an additional $550 this year, increasing the annual total to $8,414.04.

We can sympathize with the plight of today's students, summarized by Justin Brugman, president of the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University. He said the tution hike would be a tough pill to swallow.



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Michael Boulus is Arab American of the Year
Monday, June 20, 2011 (1195 reads)


June 19, 2011/Lansing State Journal

 

Michael Boulus of Okemos, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, has been named American Arab of the Year in Education by the American Arab Chamber of Commerce.

 

Boulus was recognized May 18 at the American Arab Celebrating Success Banquet held in Dearborn.

 

"I am sincerely humbled to receive this recognition," Boulus said. "I am immensely proud of the work that the Presidents Council does to enhance the role of public education in Michigan, and I am proud of my heritage as an Arab American.



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Michiganians of the Year - Wayne State University President
Thursday, June 02, 2011 (1186 reads)


June 2, 2011/Detroit News

 

Allan Gilmour spent more than 30 years working at Ford Motor Co. When he became Wayne State University's 11th president, he instantly noted similarities between the two Metro Detroit institutions.

 

"I used to have a colleague at Ford who described the auto industry as both labor intensive — it takes a lot of people to run a big car company — and capital intensive: It takes a lot of money to develop the new products," he said.

 

"The same is true here. We're labor intensive in that … we have a very substantial professional work force. And on the capital side, the buildings cost money, the technical equipment costs money," he says. "We have both of those intense elements at work."



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Oakland University Provost Continues Cancer Research after Hours
Monday, May 16, 2011 (1285 reads)


May 14, 2011/The Oakland Press

 

On any given day, Virinder Moudgil — upon finishing a full day’s work as provost for Oakland University — can be found after hours in Dodge Hall, working in his lab to study the effects of hormones on breast cancer cells.

 

“This is still home. Wilson Hall is work. This is home. And you’ve got to do both,” said Moudgil, who has been vice president for academic affairs and provost at the university since 2001.

 

Ted Montgomery, media relations director for Oakland, said Moudgil often works a 14- or 16-hour day.



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Senate Republicans Scrap University Tuition Restraint Clause
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 (1191 reads)


April 19, 2011/Mlive.com

Day 108: This is one in a series of posts assessing key developments during Gov. Rick Snyder's self-imposed 182 days to chart a new course for Michigan by July 1. For earlier posts go to mlive.com/stateofchange.

Michigan’s 15 public universities would face a maximum 15 percent cut in state aid next year instead of the 22 percent proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, according to the higher education budget bill approved by Senate subcommittee today.

Snyder’s budget included an $83 million pool of tuition restraint incentive funding to be awarded to schools that hold tuition to 7.1 percent, effectively reducing their cut to 15 percent. Senate Republicans today simply scrapped the restraint program and transferred the cash into the universities’ state aid base.


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As Fourth Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shooting Tragedy Approaches, Advocates Opposed to Guns on Campus Bills See Success
Friday, April 15, 2011 (1285 reads)


April 15, 2011/PRNewswire-United Business Media    
 

Bills fail in several states, while battle continues in Texas

 

Four years ago on April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, armed with two semiautomatic handguns and several hundred rounds of ammunition, shot and killed 32 people and wounded many more on the campus of Virginia Tech before killing himself.  

 

The gun lobby's immediate reaction was to call for permitting the carrying of loaded handguns on college campuses. This year, legislation has been introduced in 20 states that would allow anyone with a concealed handgun permit, including students, to carry and possess loaded handguns on college campuses – in classrooms, sporting events, student dormitories and libraries.  At this writing, guns on campus bills/proposals have been defeated in several states. Utah is currently the only state that forces its nine state- supported colleges and universities to allow guns on campus



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Western Michigan University Students, Faculty Protest Gov. Rick Snyder's Proposed Funding Cuts
Friday, April 15, 2011 (1229 reads)


April 14, 2011/Kalamazoo Gazette

 

KALAMAZOO — Students, faculty members and university organizations gathered on Western Michigan University's campus Thursday to protest Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed cuts to higher education.


Banging five-gallon buckets, they chanted, "They say cutbacks, we say fight back!"

Vincent Desroches, a WMU professor in the department of foreign languages, said his department has already had to cut part-time jobs and the number of courses being offered next school year as a result of Snyder's proposed budget.

He said the cutbacks will limit WMU's ability to educate first-generation college students, something the university prides itself on.


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Special Report: Jobs Available, Skills are Not
Thursday, April 14, 2011 (1287 reads)


April 14, 2011/By The Center for Michigan


 

Like plenty of Michigan companies, Cignys, Inc. was forced to lay off workers as the state’s economy tanked during the Great Recession.

 

The Saginaw-based supplier of precision-machined products to the aerospace, defense and plastics industries is hiring again, though, as manufacturing enjoys a surprisingly strong rebound.

 

But there’s just one problem: Cignys can’t find enough welders, machinists and the other skilled-trades workers it needs to meet the accelerating demand for its products and services.



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Letters: Administration Costs Rise to Serve more Students Better
Monday, April 04, 2011 (941 reads)


Apr 3, 2011/Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press' March 27 article on payroll spending at Michigan universities was wide of the mark in a number of ways, and it missed an extraordinary opportunity to give an insight into the real value of Michigan's universities to our state's economy.

The two most important misses: First, its failure to point out that the overriding reason for recent tuition increases is due to deep and dramatic cuts in state support, to the point where Michigan's taxpayer support is among the lowest in the nation, not due to the growth of university payrolls.

Second, the article's refusal to acknowledge that universities are adding capable administrators to oversee a growing demand by business leaders and government officials that they help lead the state's economic recovery.


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University President George Ross to State Legislators: Invest in Higher Education
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (1159 reads)


March 30, 2011/Central Michigan Life

 

University President George Ross testified before Michigan lawmakers today and urging them to invest in the state’s higher education.

 

Before the state House and Senate Appropriations Higher Education subcommittees, Ross spoke on Central Michigan University’s budget in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s recently proposed 23.3-percent cut in funding to CMU, and said public universities need to be funded fairly and equitably.

 

“If I go back 30 years, 75 percent of our budget was funded by state appropriations,” Ross said. “If the proposed cut to the budget (gets approved), then we will have less than 15 percent.”



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Students, Workers Protest Higher Education Budget Cuts in Lansing
Monday, March 28, 2011 (1240 reads)


March 28, 2011/The South End

 

Protesters enter capitol building, denied access to House chambers

 

LANSING – Students from the 15 public universities in Michigan and union workers from throughout the state marched down Michigan Avenue and gathered on the steps of the Capitol building March 24 to protest the proposed budget cuts to higher education.

 

With signs that read “Where’s the Funding?” and “Why does the ‘Nerd’ hate education?” students rallied against Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 15 percent cut, or $42 million, to higher education in Michigan.

 

One of the major concerns surrounding the proposed budget cuts include education only being available to the privileged. WSU Student Senate member Keely Czartorski spoke during the rally and said that higher education for students needs to be a higher priority if the goal is to re-invent Michigan.



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Senator Hosts Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Upcoming Budget Changes
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 (1678 reads)


March 23, 2011/The Eastern Echo
 

Students, residents and councilmen all showed up to voice their concern and outrage about Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal Monday night at Washtenaw Community College.

 

Sen. Rebekah Warren – D, hosted the town hall meeting where she and panelists spoke and took questions about the budget. Panelists included Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber; Dedrick Martin, the Superintendent of the Ypsilanti School District; EMU accounting professor Howard Bunsis and Audrey Dowell, a University of Michigan graduate student in social work.

Warren opened the discussion by sharing facts about the proposed budget, the differences between it and the current budget and how the communities in Washtenaw County would be directly impacted by the changes.



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MSU President: Governor Snyder's Higher-ed Cuts Brutal
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 (1202 reads)


March 23, 2011/Detroit Free Press 


When Michigan State University started looking at the possibility of cuts to its state aid, it projected a 13 percent cut and the need for a 5 percent to 7 percent increase in tuition for students.

So when Gov. Rick Snyder announced his budget proposal, which would cut about 22 percent of state aid and then give universities 7 percent of that cut back if they held tuition increases under 7 percent, MSU was “between the foul poles” and not out of the stadium, MSU President Lou Ann Simon said following testimony before the state House appropriation committee’s higher education committee this morning.

“We believe we can make this work,” Simon told reporters. “That’s not to say it isn’t brutal.”

The higher education subcommittee is spending the month hearing testimony from the presidents of all 15 Michigan’s public universities. The presidents are talking about the cuts they’ve already made to their budgets and what could happen if they had to make more cuts.


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EMU President Rips Higher Ed Funding Cuts
Monday, March 21, 2011 (1092 reads)


March 20, 2011/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin sounded themes of tuition restraint and fiscal responsibility and drew on her own life story and that of an EMU student March 16 in her annual testimony before Michigan lawmakers in Lansing.

Martin made an impassioned plea against the proposed cuts in state funding during her separate appearances before the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on higher education.

“Please do not cut public university funding by 21 percent,” Martin said of Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal. “Recognize the desperate need of our students for continued support to enable them to earn a college degree and not give up hope on a pathway to success.”


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The Value of a College Degree
Monday, March 14, 2011 (1251 reads)


March 10, 2011/Michigan Future Inc.

 

Lots of folks have asked for my reaction to the recent Paul Krugman New York Times column that a college degree is less and less a path to good paying jobs and careers. Krugman argues that globalization and technology are reducing the demand for high skill American workers so that: It’s no longer true that having a college degree guarantees that you’ll get a good job, and it’s becoming less true with each passing decade.

 

The core Michigan Future belief is that globalization and technology are mega forces that are fundamentally changing the economy. And that those – both individuals and communities – who will do the best will be those who align with – rather than resist – new realities.

 

College educated workers are subject to the same realities that machines are increasingly able to do work that humans use to and that over time more and more workers across the planet will compete with us for jobs at all skill levels and in any industry where work can be digitized. Having a college degree doesn’t protect anyone from these mega forces.



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Oakland University's President Praised for Building Bonds with the Community
Sunday, March 13, 2011 (1175 reads)


March 13, 2011

 

Gary Russi credits partnerships between Oakland University and various parts of the community for much of the school's growth, but many say he deserves a lot of credit.

 

"President Russi has had a strategic vision that we can and that we should grow," said Jay Meehan, chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

 

Russi first came to OU in 1993 as vice president for academic affairs. In 1995, he was named interim president, then appointed president in 1996. He is one of the longest-serving presidents of Michigan's 15 public universities.



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GVSU's Thomas Haas to Lawmakers: Allowing Community Colleges to Offer Four-year Degrees Would be 'Unnecessary Duplication'
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 (1124 reads)


March 02, 2011, 2:18 PM/The Grand Rapids Press
 

By Dave Murray

 

Allowing state community colleges to offer four-year degrees would be unnecessary duplication, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas told lawmakers today.

 

Haas testified before the state House Higher Education Subcommittee Wednesday morning and later appeared before a state Senate committee to answer questions about funding and academics.

 

Haas recently proposed that college funding be linked to meeting state goals for higher education, and told the House committee he's worried that state aid continues to shrink, forcing tuition increases.

 

“We are doing everything the Cherry Commission asked of us: access, affordability, relevant degrees for today’s job market, and continuous quality improvement,” he told representatives.



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Our Voice: More College Graduates would Help Michigan Grow, Prosper
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 (1108 reads)


February 27, 2011/The Saginaw News

 
Perhaps the only good thing that can be said about the red ink flowing around the state is that it’s going to force leaders at every level to seek long-term solutions to ensure not only Michigan’s full economic recovery but future growth.

That must include making college affordable for all Michigan residents.

Yet, what we see is just the opposite. Gov. Rick Snyder proposes cuts in state spending on universities, and those schools eyeing more tuition increases to make up the money.

Instead, state and university leaders need to think outside those boxes.

For instance, a couple of years ago, two Democratic lawmakers proposed raising the state income tax from the 4.35 percent it was at the time to 5.5 percent, and giving a refund on tuition and fees to students of families earning less than $127,000 a year.


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Local Comment: For a richer state, Add Investments into Budget
Saturday, February 26, 2011 (1173 reads)


Februrary 26, 2011/Detroit Free Press

 

Gov. Rick Snyder's budget seeks to find the bottom of Michigan's fiscal freefall by creating a simpler, fairer tax system, forcing action on long-standing legacy cost structures, and signaling that Michigan has a good business climate. He also proposes to tax retirement income like other income, rightly noting that a robust Michigan economy is more about making sure our children and grandchildren have a state in which they want to live, work and make their entrepreneurial careers than whether Michigan is a Cayman Island for retirees.

 

Yes, there is much to admire in Gov. Snyder's budget. But a good business climate and low taxes do not necessaily a richer state make.

 

Evidence is overwhelming that the richest states, with growing per capita income, are the ones that are the best educated. Eight of the 10 highest per capita income states have the highest education attainment rates.



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Cutting-edge Accelerator Project Lures Top Minds, Creates Jobs
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (1559 reads)


The Detroit Free Press/January 18, 2011

EAST LANSING -- It will be two years before ground is broken on the $600-million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University. But already this haven for nuclear physics research, projected to inject $1 billion of economic activity into the state, is having an impact.
   
Some of the top minds in science have been recruited to MSU. Students in the nuclear physics graduate program are energized. And that program? It's now tops in the nation.

All this despite a lengthy construction timetable that won't have the facility running until 2020.

When it's done, it will house the world's most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, which will be 1,000 times more powerful than existing accelerators at MSU and capable of creating intense beams of rare isotopes. The implications are enormous, and the project is expected to lead to cutting-edge research in nuclear physics and medicine.


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Wayne State University names Allan Gilmour 11th President
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (1238 reads)


January 18, 2011/WSU Public Relations

DETROIT - The Board of Governors has ended its search for a permanent President, and has unanimously elected Allan Gilmour to serve as the 11th President of Wayne State University, effective immediately.

Gilmour began his tenure as Interim President on Aug. 30, 2010, and will continue as President through the 2012-2013 academic year.

President Gilmour, a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan, is best known for his career at Ford Motor Company, from which he retired in 1995 as vice chairman. He rejoined the company as vice chairman in 2002, and retired again in 2005, having overseen Finance, the General Auditor's office, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Strategy. He also led Ford's financial services sector-Ford Motor Credit and Hertz Corporation.


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Gov. Rick Snyder Warns University Presidents of Short-term Sacrifice
Friday, January 14, 2011 (2180 reads)


January 14, 2011/AnnArbor.com

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder didn’t tell the presidents of the state's 15 public universities what level of cuts are coming to their state aid in the next budget. But he did say that eventually, the state needs to invest more in higher education.

“The governor was clear about the difficult nature of the budget issues we all face, although he provided no details — and we did not expect any,” said Michigan Technological University President Glen Mroz, who is chairman of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, the group that put together the Wednesday meeting.


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Merit Network Announces REACH-3MC Webcast Update
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (1166 reads)


January 12, 2011/CBS Detroit

Ann Arbor-based Merit Network Inc. is offering an update on its REACH-3MC Internet access project for rural Michigan on the Web Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Merit has brought over $100 million in federal broadband investment to Michigan. During 2010, Merit received two grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program program, part of the federal stimulus.


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Universities Hopeful after Meeting with Snyder, but See Pain Ahead
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (1120 reads)


January 12, 2011/Gongwer News

 

Michigan's public university presidents emerged hopeful of the long-term future after meeting Wednesday with Governor Rick Snyder and Department of Technology, Management and Budget Director John Nixon, but they also acknowledged they expect to see further budget pain in the upcoming years.


Neither Mr. Snyder nor Mr. Nixon, who met the presidents during a lunch meeting, would discuss budget specifics, said Mike Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

In a statement, Michigan Technological University President Glen Mroz, who is chair of the council, said Mr. Snyder was "clear about the difficulty of the budget issues we all face."

And Mr. Boulus said the presidents expect there will be "some pain during the first couple of years" in terms of budget cuts.




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The Best Job Strategies Involve Education
Sunday, January 09, 2011 (1097 reads)


January 9, 2011/Lansing State Journal

 

There's growing optimism about hiring in key growth sectors of the Greater Lansing economy, including health care, financial services and technology.


Still, today's LSJ report on the region's job market captures sobering realities - facts that should make everyone more focused on the value of education.

Start with a drop of 12,000 jobs in the region between 2007 and November 2010 (the most recent statistics). Consider that many of the jobs in growth sectors require specialized education, usually at the college level. And the best jobs want that education along with experience in the field. The unskilled worker faces a daunting market.


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Nurture Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 (1246 reads)


December 14, 2010/Detroit Free Press Editorial

 

I agree with your premise that, as the second largest component of discretionary state spending, Michigan's university system of funding and oversight bears critical examination ("State universities need smarter governance," Nov 21).

 

Any informed observer must agree that our universities serve at least two vitally important and reinforcing needs in our state: To provide higher education to our children "which offers entry to high income and occupational choice in the adult world" and to act as a magnet for the knowledge-based employers we need to attract to Michigan.



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Self-sustaining Schools
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 (1444 reads)


December 14, 2010/Detroit Free Press Editorial

 

By John Dunn
President Western Michigan University


The Free Press suggests Michigan's public universities would be better if governed through a statewide system. They contend this approach would reduce duplication and bring us in line with other great systems, such as that found in Wisconsin.


Having worked in several states with statewide systems, my experience is quite the contrary. If the goal is to increase costs, create bureaucracy, enhance political infighting, and reduce entrepreneurship and creativity, a system is the way to go.


While the idea of a statewide system might appeal to the ill-informed, I am appalled that the Free Press would venture a proposition that would so poorly serve Michigan's international reputation as a home of great universities. Wisconsin has two research universities, but Michigan has five. Wisconsin provides more money to its universities, but Michigan's universities produce more with less state support.



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Former Ford Exec Gilmour is Still High-Octane Leader
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 (1413 reads)


December 6, 2010/Automotive News

As principal owner of Gilmour Ford-Chrysler in St. Johnsbury, Vt., Allan Gilmour is a heckuva dealer. But he's a lot more than that.

Since Gilmour retired from Ford Motor Co. the first time -- 16 years ago -- he has been a successful investor, a director of various companies, a trustee of many community and professional organizations and a philanthropist.

And now he's a university president.

In August, the 76-year-old Gilmour became interim president of Wayne State University in Detroit, while the school conducts a search for a new, permanent president.

 



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New Web Site Touts Michigan Places For Economic Development
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 (1182 reads)


November 30, 2010/GLITR, Technology


It’s all about making Michigan communities “great places” to work and live.

That’s what organizers of the Great Place Network think. They created www.GreatPlaceNetwork.org, an interactive Web site intended to connect bright and imaginative job-creators, economic developers, regional and state policy makers, Michigan State University experts and the general public.

The Web site offers a platform for communities, regions, businesses, stakeholders and others to share great ideas and learn how to make great places, also known as placemaking. GreatPlaceNetwork.org features experts discussing placemaking issues ranging from economic development strategies to urban design to the arts.




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Survey: Parents Place far Higher Value on College Education Today than in 2005
Tuesday, November 09, 2010 (1192 reads)


November 04, 2010/Business Review West Michigan


In a statewide survey of 500 households, 76 percent of respondents agreed that "everybody should get a college education." That compares with just 54 percent when the survey was first conducted in 2005.

Thirty-seven percent of responding parents said a college education is “essential” for getting ahead, versus 27 percent in 2005, and 52 percent says it’s “very important.”

And the number of parents who agreed that “people who have a college education are usually better off than people who don't” increased to 78 percent in 2010 from 63 percent in 2005.


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NASPA Selects Glenn Mroz for 2010 President’s Award
Tuesday, November 09, 2010 (1293 reads)


November 8, 2010/Michigan Tech News


NASPA, a professional organization of student affairs administrators in higher education, honored Glenn D. Mroz, president of Michigan Technological University, with its 2010 NASPA Region IV-East President’s Award.  The award was presented at a reception and gala at the NASPA Region IV-East annual meeting in Minneapolis on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.

He was recognized for his “demonstrated leadership in higher education and valuable contributions to Michigan Tech.”

“The student affairs professionals here tonight do so much: provide guidance, create opportunities and help students become the people our world needs,” said Mroz. “I cannot say enough about what you all do. Thank you for this recognition—I am truly honored.”


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Education Should be High Priority after Snyder Sworn in as Governor
Friday, November 05, 2010 (1014 reads)


November 5, 2010/The Detroit News

When newly elected governor Rick Snyder steps into office, he will have many matters to address, including the state budget deficit and Michigan's high unemployment rate. But amid all the issues clamoring for his attention, education must be a priority.

The Michigan education system is hurting. The state suffers from a dire high school dropout rate in addition to having too few adult workers with a post-high school training. Reform needs to come from the top, and Snyder could provide the energy essential for real results.


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Michigan State Medical School Deal with Colleges Seeks to Address Growing Physician Shortage
Thursday, October 28, 2010 (1351 reads)


October 25, 2010/Business Review West Michigan

Michigan State University’s agreements with three more colleges to set aside slots for qualified students who want to attend medical school aims to address a growing shortage of doctors.

Under the early assurance program, up to eight slots annually at MSU’s College of Human Medicine will go to pre-med students at Aquinas College, Calvin College and Hope College. The program is intended for students who want to serve in underserved areas of the state.

The idea is that students at those colleges, if they attend medical school in Michigan, are more apt to stay in the state for their residency or to practice medicine once they complete their training.


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The Reason Why We're Poorer
Monday, October 04, 2010 (1341 reads)


October 3, 2010/Detroit News

 

Michigan's hemorrhaging of prosperity has little to do with the devastation of the domestic automobile industry, and a lot to do with our failure to prepare for that inevitability.

 

It's not about economics, it's about education.

 

"It's totally an education story," says Kurt Metzger, director of Data Driven Detroit. "Michigan could have weathered the economic collapse with a better-educated work force."



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State Funding for Colleges and Universities is Being Cut to Help Balance the State's Budget
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 (1451 reads)


September 28, 2010/ABC News 12

 

Higher education will see a 2.8 percent reduction. Students at one local school are questioning why lawmakers are cutting their funding, all the while promoting education as a must to succeed.

 

In a 10-year span, funding per Saginaw Valley State University student has dropped almost $1,000. Some students are asking where the value is in that.

 

"Any kind of cut will affect all students, from sports to extra circular activities," said Zach Bauer.



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Higher Education: A Better Idea
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 (1281 reads)


September 28, 2010/Michigan Future, Inc.

 

Every time the state gets into financial difficulty there are calls for some kind of centralization of the state’s higher education system. Led by the business community and editorial writers. It’s a bad idea! Hard to figure out since both groups argue that markets are better than centralization of both the private sector and k-12 education. If centralization doesn’t work in those sectors why would it work better in higher education?

 

Grand Valley President Thomas Haas does a terrific job in a recent Dome article making the case that more state control of higher ed is a bad idea. So if centralization is not the answer what is?



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Empowering the Citizens for the 2010 Michigan Elections
Friday, September 10, 2010 (179 reads)



Michael Boulus addresses the importance of higher education in today's knowledge-based society.

MiVote.org -- Empowering the citizens for the 2010 Michigan elections.



College Aid Offices Offer Students Tuition Help, Hope
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 (1269 reads)


August 30, 2010/Detroit Free Press

By Lori Higgins

 

About half of the 250 students on the Ferris State University campus last week for student orientation had needs more pressing than just signing up for classes: They were trying to figure out how to pay for those classes.

 

Similar scenes have been unfolding in financial-aid offices at colleges and universities across Michigan as students, for reasons that range from procrastination to a sudden drop in income, find themselves searching for what may seem
like a miracle.



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America's Best Colleges - Encouraging 'Crazy Ideas'
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 (1460 reads)


August 30, 2010/Forbes.com

 

By Mary Sue Coleman

 

Entrepreneurs on today's college campuses are no longer only huddled together at the business school. They are emerging from the hallways in our music schools and our engineering programs. They are coming forward with fresh ideas in architecture and medicine.



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Michigan Business Leaders Call for Universities to Share Services
Monday, August 23, 2010 (1508 reads)


August 22, 2010/The Saginaw News

 

An influential group of Michigan executives — a group that includes Dow Chemical Co. Chief Financial Officer William H. Weideman and Dow Corning Corp. Executive J. Donald Sheets — wants Michigan to become a “Top Ten” state for job and economic growth.



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Statewide Group Pushes Michigan's Universities to Share Some Administrative Functions
Monday, August 23, 2010 (1240 reads)


August 22, 2010/Booth Newspapers

 

By Dave Murray

 

Eric Fingerhut says his goal isn't just to save Ohio money - it's to save Ohio, through an improved higher education.



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Dr. Jay Noren Resigns as 10th president of Wayne State University
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 (1443 reads)


July 20, 2010/Wayne State University

 

The Board of Governors of Wayne State University today accepted with regret the resignation of Dr. Jay Noren as president, effective August 6, 2010. Dr. Noren has been Wayne State’s 10th president since August 1, 2008, after a distinguished career in higher education at a number of prominent universities.



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Students Picking Major by Matching Passion, Demand
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 (1836 reads)


July 7, 2010/Detroit Free Press

Competition is so fierce for the physician assistant program at Western Michigan University that only 4% of the more than 900 people who applied for the master's-level program got in last year.

In fact, nearly all health-related programs statewide are experiencing surges in popularity.


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Factory Jobs Return, but Employers Find Skills Shortage
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 (1459 reads)


July 1, 2010/The New York Times

By Motoko Rich

BEDFORD, Ohio — Factory owners have been adding jobs slowly but steadily since the beginning of the year, giving a lift to the fragile economic recovery. And because they laid off so many workers — more than two million since the end of 2007 — manufacturers now have a vast pool of people to choose from.


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A Tale of Cool Cities and Economic Revitalization
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 (1365 reads)


June 20, 2010/Kalamazoo Gazette Editorial Board

Metro areas are key to future prosperity for Michigan

As Michigan charts a course to prosperity, one of the toughest sells on the west side of the state may be the notion of any major investment in the east side.


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Will Michigan Gain Passion for Learning?
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 (1270 reads)


June 8, 2010/Lansing State Journal

By  Derek Melot

Michigan Future has plan for growth; anyone care?

Lou Glazer and Don Grimes have a simple analysis for what has happened to Michigan in the last decade:

Jobs that require high levels of education are still around. Jobs that don't are vanishing.

Michigan has long relied on the latter to drive its economy and it remains poorly positioned to rely more on the former.


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Prescription for Growth, Former Pfizer Complex to Boost U-M Research, State’s Economy
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (1224 reads)


June 16, 2010/Dome Magazine

 

Joan Keiser navigates a group of visitors through the empty labyrinths of the massive former Pfizer research complex in Ann Arbor with such ease, it seems as if she could do it blindfolded.

 

Keiser got to know the 30-building complex well, having spent more than a decade working there, the last five years as Pfizer’s vice-president for cardiovascular and metabolic disease research.



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Western Michigan University Adding Faculty to Meet Nursing Demand
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 (1306 reads)


June 27, 2010/Kalamazoo Gazette

By Paula M. Davis

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University wants to draw more nurses to its master’s program, hoping more will pursue a teaching career.




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State Must Embrace and Fund Higher Education, Rather than Turning Away from Colleges and Universities
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 (1243 reads)


June 27, 2010/Flint Journal

Lansing fiddles with chronic budget problems while tuition increases burn into student budgets at public colleges across the state.

In Flint, the University of Michigan-Flint may raise tuition next year by 3.9 percent; Mott Community College is considering an 11.7 percent increase.


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Don't Turn Community Colleges into Four-year Schools
Monday, June 21, 2010 (1284 reads)


June 21, 2010/The Detroit News


This month state lawmakers are expected to vote on the passage of legislation that would allow Michigan community colleges to grant four-year degrees in select high-need job areas. Lawmakers would be wrong to vote for these bills, yet they should also continue to pressure public universities to expand their capacity to provide training in these skills.



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Higher Education Leaders in West Michigan form New Consortium
Monday, June 21, 2010 (1352 reads)


June 15, 2010/MLive.com

By John Perney

If it wasn’t fully communicated before, higher education leaders in Southwest Michigan have now made it clear that “we’re in this thing together.”



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UM, WMU Solar Car Teams Gear Up To Race 1,100 Miles
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 (1346 reads)


June 15, 2010/GLITR

In a solar-powered vehicle that reached 100 mph in testing, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team is aiming for a third consecutive North American title. The team is in Cresson, Texas, this week testing the car in preparation for the 2010 American Solar Challenge, which begins June 20.


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Higher Education is One of Michigan's Best Exports
Friday, June 11, 2010 (1405 reads)


June 4, 2010/MLive

 

By: David Mielke

 

Michigan ranks eighth in the nation in economic impact from international students, according to the Institute of Higher Education.




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Universities Offer More Collaboration with Colleges
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 (1195 reads)


June 9, 2010/Gongwer News

The state's public universities have offered to work even more with its community colleges to bring baccalaureate degrees to more communities, but the colleges said the offer does not go far enough.


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Guest Commentary: A partnership between Michigan community colleges and universities
Saturday, June 05, 2010 (2260 reads)


Tuesday, May 05, 2009, 9:00 AM


Amid so much reporting on problems facing our state, one bright spot emerging during these troubled times is increased collaboration between our community colleges and public universities.



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Citizen Petitions: Sign today to help the 10,000 Voices agenda gain traction in Lansing
Thursday, June 03, 2010 (1420 reads)


June 3, 2010/The Center for Michigan

 

By John Bebow

 

If you believe in the economic growth, education, and reform proposals outlined in the Michigan's Defining Moment agenda, please lend your name in support as we work to turn those citizen priorities into Lansing's priorities.



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Public Colleges, Universities Grapple with Tuition Hikes
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 (1370 reads)


May 25, 2010/USA Today

 

Tuition increases for undergraduates attending public colleges and universities in their home states appear to be all over the map this fall.



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Underwater Power Concept From UM Wins Student Idea Contest
Friday, May 21, 2010 (1249 reads)


May 21, 2010/GLITR


A concept to put underwater power generation equipment throughout Michigan became the top winner Monday of Motivate Michigan, a corporate-sponsored collegiate competition to generate ideas to improve Michigan's economy.




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Site Shows Kids Way to College
Sunday, April 18, 2010 (1621 reads)


April 18, 2010/The Detroit News

 

My mother wanted me to go to college. My father wanted me to be a plumber. Had he been around to watch me fix a dripping faucet by removing both the sink and countertops, he likely would have been in rare agreement with mom.



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Federal Financial-aid Bill Offers Students Some Relief
Monday, March 29, 2010 (1718 reads)


March 29, 2010/Detroit Free Press

 

Changes coming to the world of college lending could mean less confusion for students taking out federal loans, more flexibility in repaying those loans,more money for Pell Grants and more students being eligible for the grants.



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Students Take Break from Books to Protest
Friday, March 26, 2010 (1560 reads)


March 26, 2010/WNEM.COM

 

On Thursday, March 25, the Student Association of Michigan held a rally at the Capitol and students from almost all 15 public four-year universities attended the event. Their goal was to make legislators aware that higher education has to be a higher priority and that they should do the right thing. View here.

 



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MTU Students Join Protest Against State Education Cuts
Thursday, March 25, 2010 (1523 reads)


March 24, 2010/GLITR

 

How far will university students go to make their voices heard in Lansing?

 

When it comes to Michigan Technological University, in the northwestern corner of the Upper Peninsula, it's about 490 miles.



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Possible Budget Cuts Could Raise Michigan Tuition
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 (1775 reads)


March 16, 2010/Associated Press

 

By Tim Martin

 

LANSING, Mich. — A proposal to cut state aid to Michigan's public universities has some students worried their tuition bills could go up next fall.



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Funding Higher Education is Vital for Michigan's Future
Monday, March 15, 2010 (1580 reads)


March 13, 2010/Grand Rapids Press

 

By Thomas Haas

 

In recent days, there has been much in The Press, on news and editorial pages, about public higher education, with some writers questioning the state’s obligation to make it available to Michigan’s citizens. There is no doubt about this obligation because it is spelled out in Article VIII of the Michigan Constitution.


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SUCCESS STORY: Majoring in Michigan entrepreneurship
Thursday, February 25, 2010 (1970 reads)


By The Center for Michigan - February 25, 2010

 

By Jo Mathis

 

Small businesses employ half of the private workforce and generate about 70 percent of the country's new jobs each year.



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Q&A: Sean Mann on Saving Michigan
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 (1600 reads)


February 10, 2010/Time-The Detroit Blog

 

Who would want to save Michigan? Plenty of people, it turns out.

 

One of them is 29-year-old Sean Mann, founder of “Let's Save Michigan,” a web site, blog and much more.



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To Gain Jobs, Michigan Must Get Smart, Not Try the Same Old Strategies Again
Monday, February 01, 2010 (1603 reads)


February 1, 2010/The Grand Rapids Press

Please, dear citizens, disabuse yourselves of the notion that reforming state government and reinvigorating manufacturing by themselves will restore Michigan's fortunes.




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Graduate to a Smarter State
Sunday, January 31, 2010 (1521 reads)


Detroit Free Press/January 31, 2010

 

The charts on today's editorial page tell a story. It's an important story, and some would argue it's the only story you need to understand what has happened to Michigan in the last two generations.



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It's Students' Turn to Shape Recovery
Sunday, January 31, 2010 (1462 reads)


January 31, 2010/Detroit Free Press


Everyone's familiar with the challenges we face in Michigan as we confront a dramatically declining manufacturing economy.

How to replace the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs and keep young people here?




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Granholm Announces $34 Million in Recovery Act Grants to Expand Broadband Access in Michigan
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 (1585 reads)


January 20, 2010/State of Michigan

 

LANSING- Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that two Michigan applicants for federal broadband funding will receive more than $34 million to expand access to broadband service in communities throughout Michigan.



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The Dark Ages
Thursday, January 14, 2010 (1746 reads)


Jan. 14, 2010/The Economist

 

As America hopes for recovery, Michigan needs whole-scale reinvention. It may be 15 years before the state returns to prosperity.


A new hope?


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UM Dearborn In Sync With Ford
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 (1666 reads)


January 13, 2010/Great Lakes IT Report

 
Six engineering students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn were invited to be among the first developers to adapt Ford Motor Company’s new Sync application programming interface for in-car voice-controlled Smartphone mobile apps.  



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Merit Network Celebrates Completion of 'Blue Line'
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 (1393 reads)


January 13, 2010/Great Lakes IT Report

After four years and hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable, Merit Network engineers lit the fiber-optic cable between Mount Pleasant and Big Rapids on Dec. 12 to complete the "Blue-Line" portion of the Merit backbone network.



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Michigan's Economic Slump Opens Doors for Interns
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 (1849 reads)


January 12, 2010/Detroit News   

 

More Michigan companies are offering internships as a cost-effective way to develop new talent and get the job done as they struggle to make payroll and are forced to cut staff amid the lingering recession, experts say.
 



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Michigan Tech Showcases New Professional Master of Engineering Program
Monday, January 11, 2010 (1650 reads)


January 10, 2010/MTU News

 

Automotive engineering is entering a new era of hybrid electric-drive vehicles that demand a special set of skills most automotive engineers didn’t study when they went to college.



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Growing Community Colleges Need Leadership; Ferris State Aims to Fill Need with Doctoral Program
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 (1637 reads)


December 23, 2009/The Grand Rapids Press

 

GRAND RAPIDS -- Community college enrollment is hitting record levels in Grand Rapids and elsewhere, and Ferris State University leaders say there's a growing need for people to lead those schools as they grow.



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Rebuttal: Stop College Nursing Mission Creep
Friday, December 11, 2009 (1624 reads)


December 3, 2009/The Detroit News

 

The Detroit News editorial board is well known as a voice for fiscal common sense. That's why the board's support for allowing two-year community colleges to expand into four-year nursing programs -- and other degrees -- is quite perplexing ("Expand nursing schools," Nov. 20).



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MSU Helping Nurses Transition into New Practices, Alleviating Shortage
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 (1573 reads)


December 04, 2009/MSU News

 

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A program from Michigan State University's College of Nursing is helping retain nurses by transitioning them into home-based, hospice, long-term and ambulatory care practice.



 



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Slowing Michigan's Brain Drain: New Website Aims to Keep Grads in State
Monday, December 07, 2009 (1557 reads)


December 7, 2009/The Michigan Daily


About half of Michigan college students leave the state once they graduate — a sobering fact that significantly hampers the state’s prospects for future economic and job growth.



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Homecoming for CMU's New President
Friday, December 04, 2009 (1550 reads)


December 4, 2009/The Detroit News

 

Central Michigan University's new president will come back to the campus he left to take a job leading Alcorn State University in Mississippi.



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Forum: The Gun Lobby's Push on Campuses
Thursday, December 03, 2009 (3300 reads)


December 03, 2009/Traverse City Record-Eagle

 

By John Johnson



America's colleges and universities are under attack from the gun lobby.




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NMU Student's Photos Featured in Lansing Exhibit
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 (1513 reads)


November 24, 2009/NMU News Release

 

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University student Joseph Sobel’s “Untitled” photographs are on display in the Anderson House in Lansing as part of the fifth annual Arts in the House exhibit.




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Battle of Degrees Heats Up: Universities, Community Colleges Spar over Four-year Programs
Monday, November 30, 2009 (1898 reads)


November 29, 2009/Crain's Detroit Business

 

By Amy Lane

 

LANSING — A move by community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in nursing and three other areas is sparking a turf war with four-year universities.



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WSU Student Rally Pushes Restoration of Scholarships
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 (1485 reads)


November 23, 2009/The Detroit News

 

Hundreds of Wayne State University students rallied on campus Monday to urge state lawmakers to restore their college scholarships.



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Michigan's Broken 'Promise'
Monday, November 23, 2009 (1590 reads)


November 23, 2009/Wall Street Journal

 

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, squaring off against Republican lawmakers, has launched a campaign to salvage a $100 million college-scholarship program that she sees as critical to diversifying her state's flagging economy.


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Professors of the Year Are Celebrated for Innovative Teaching
Friday, November 20, 2009 (2179 reads)


November 19, 2009/The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Presidents Council congratulates UM's professor Brian P. Coppola, professor of chemistry at UM-Ann Arbor on being chosen as one of four professors from across the country to receive the 2009 US Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.



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Students Stung by Promise Cuts
Friday, November 20, 2009 (1540 reads)


November 20, 2009/The Detroit News

Some students get help from colleges, others left searching for funds

With just weeks before the end of the fall semester many college students are unsure if Promise Scholarship money will be available for next term or how they might replace the funding.



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GVSU President Tells Gov. Granholm: Eliminating Michigan Promise Scholarship is 'Stealing from Our Future to Pay for the Present'
Thursday, November 19, 2009 (1478 reads)


November 19, 2009/The Grand Rapids Press

 

Eliminating the Michigan Promise scholarship is "stealing from our future to pay for the present," Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas told students and Gov. Jennifer Granholm.



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Granholm Recruits for Student Aid Battle
Thursday, November 19, 2009 (1483 reads)


November 19, 2009/Detroit Free Press

 

Gov. Jennifer Granholm stepped up her campaign Wednesday to put public pressure on the Senate -- especially Senate Republicans -- to restore the Michigan Promise Scholarship program, which was eliminated in the new state budget.



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Michigan Can Mend its Broken Promise
Thursday, November 19, 2009 (1536 reads)


November 19, 2009/Detroit Free Press

 

Unfortunately, an important promise to Michigan's college students has been broken, but we hope only temporarily.

 



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Granholm Visits Colleges to Stump for Promise Grants
Thursday, November 19, 2009 (1460 reads)


November 19, 2009/Detroit News


East Lansing -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm took her case to restore funding for Promise Grants to college campuses today, scolding lawmakers for taking time off without resolving the issue.

The Promise Grants to about 96,000 college students were cut out of the state budget as legislators tried to find ways to fill a $2.8 billion deficit.



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Michigan's Young People: To Stay or Not to Stay?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 (1558 reads)


November 17, 2009/The Grand Rapids Press

Michigan Radio has launched a project called Generation Y Michigan, exploring the reasons young people decide to leave or stay in the state.


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Governor Granholm Speaks at SVSU about "Michigan Promise"
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 (1574 reads)


November 18, 2009/WNEM News

 



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University Officials: Plan Higher Ed Funding
Monday, November 16, 2009 (1451 reads)


November 15, 2009/Crain's Business

 

Withering state support and increasing student enrollment will continue to pressure Michigan's universities in 2010.



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CMU Physicist Creates Digital View of the Sky
Monday, November 16, 2009 (1494 reads)


November 16, 2009/Lansing State Journal

 

MOUNT PLEASANT - A scientist has finished a two-year, 26,000-mile mission to assemble a panoramic photo image of the night sky.


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Michigan Legislature OKs $25.3 million Great Lakes Research Center
Friday, November 13, 2009 (1477 reads)


November 13, 2009/The Associated Press

 

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The state Legislature has given Michigan Technological University a go-ahead for its planned $25.3 million Great Lakes Research Center.



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Guns on Campus Terrible Policy
Friday, November 06, 2009 (1767 reads)


Nov. 6, 2009/Traverse City Record-Eagle

 

Wayne Schmidt and Michelle McManus have drawn plenty of criticism for recent legislation that would expand people's rights to carry concealed weapons in public places and prevent the state's public universities, colleges and community colleges from banning concealed weapons on campus.


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A Tech Tour-Like Friday At Wayne State University
Sunday, November 01, 2009 (1751 reads)


November 1, 2009/Great Lakes IT Report

 

Twice a year I head off for the hinterlands of Michigan on the Great Lakes IT Report Tech Tours.

 

As you might know by now, the fall tech tour has a back-to-school theme and deals with university tech transfer and research spinoffs.




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U of M-Flint Says no to Weapons on Campus
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 (1606 reads)


ABC12.com


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Education cuts: More 'brain drain'
Saturday, October 03, 2009 (1752 reads)


October 3, 2009/Grand Rapids Business Journal

 

As young professionals continue to leave Michigan, efforts are underway to stop the "brain drain."


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Tech tour Day Eight: MSU's Magnificent
Thursday, October 01, 2009 (1871 reads)


October 1, 2009/Great Lakes IT Report

 

The phrase 'world class' gets tossed around so much it's almost lost meaning.

 

But if the phrase still means anything, you've got to hand it to Michigan State University, whose sprawling campus, 47,000 sharp students and 5,000 faculty cover every academic discipline worth covering with uniform excellence.



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Countdowntochaos.org returns: Time short for legislature to finish budget
Thursday, October 01, 2009 (1512 reads)


While cities and school districts around the state have completed their budgets for 2009-10, while universities have their budgets done, the State of Michigan continues to drags its feet with only days left before the Sept. 30 budget deadline. .......Visit the Countdown to Chaos website here


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Promises to Keep? Not in Government
Thursday, September 24, 2009 (1540 reads)


Thursday, September 24, 2009/Detroit Free Press

OK, so maybe it wasn't such a great idea to call it a Promise grant. Maybe, back in the days when Michigan had so much money that legislators could afford to hand out some of it to middle-class students (even after paying off the insurance companies, cable TV operators and beer and wine distributors who were first in line), the folks who dreamed up the idea of funding a scholarship program in which virtually every high school junior with a pulse would be eligible should have called it the While-Supplies-Last Grant.


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11 Facts Michigan Citizens Need to Know About Michigan's Fiscal Crisis
Monday, September 21, 2009 (1546 reads)


A short brochure with facts about the current economy and spending in Michigan

 



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The Union of Town and Gown
Sunday, September 20, 2009 (1598 reads)


Entrepreneur October 2009

 

To block brain drain and enrich economics, more universities and cities are linking up in creative entrprenuerial initiatives. Here's a look at 10 that are leading the class.



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GVSU President Thomas Haas: Higher education is vital for Michigan's future
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 (1617 reads)


The Grand Rapids Press/September 16, 2009

 

The state of Michigan is in the most desperate financial condition in its modern history. It is the kind of crisis that should bring political leaders together for the betterment of our 10 million fellow citizens. There is still time for good will, and good sense, to prevail.


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Countdowntochaos.org returns: Time short for legislature to finish budget
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 (1518 reads)


September 10, 2009

 

While cities and school districts around the state have completed their budgets for 2009-10, while universities have their budgets done, while nonprofits wait to be reimbursed for the services they have provided, the State of Michigan continues to drags its feet with only days left before the Sept. 30 budget deadline. .......Visit the Countdown to Chaos website here

 



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National Science Foundation Awards Nearly $4.2 Million for Research at Michigan Tech
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 (1527 reads)


September 16, 2009

 

Eight research projects in eight different fields at Michigan Technological University are receiving grants totaling $4,172,719 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funding for four of the projects comes from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, also known as federal stimulus money.


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Ford Challenges College Students' Spirit of Ingenuity and Innovation
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 (1723 reads)


September 16, 2009

 

Students develop sustainable projects to benefit their communities through Ford College Community Challenge

 




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UM Tops $1 Billion Research Spending for First Time
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (1418 reads)


WWJ Newsradio 950/September 15, 2009

 

Research spending at the University of Michigan in 2008-09 exceeded $1 billion for the first time, a milestone that highlights the university's role as an economic resource benefitting the entire state.


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CMU Opens New Education, Human Services Building
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (1492 reads)


WWJR Newsradio/September 15, 2009


Thousands of students, faculty and staff are settling into Central Michigan University's new Education and Human Services Building -- a facility that has opened doors for advanced educational opportunities for our students rich with innovative technologies, larger classrooms and new learning spaces.






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CMU Startup Harnessing Human Body 'Biopower'
Sunday, September 13, 2009 (1532 reads)


WWJ Newsradio 950/September 13, 2009

 

Who could have conceived of harnessing power that’s available right in a human body?

 

Bio-Nano Power, at tenant at Central Michigan University Research Corp.'s business accelerator, did just that.



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MSU Restructuring Program Highlights University Cost Control Efforts
Friday, September 04, 2009 (1771 reads)


Gongwer News Service/September 4, 2009

 

A major announcement by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon of a restructuring program that could cut Michigan's largest university's budget by 10 percent over the next two years, along with refocusing its programs, is just the latest in an ongoing effort by the state's public colleges to help control costs, officials said.



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All Merit Member Eligible Organizations in Michigan are Now Connected to the Internet2 Network
Thursday, September 03, 2009 (1568 reads)


September 3, 2009

 

ANN ARBOR, MI - As of September 1, 2009, schools, libraries, higher education institutions, museums, and government agencies across Michigan that connect to Merit's network are now connected to the nation's high-performance network, Internet2. As part of a collaborative effort by Merit Network and Internet2, all organizations that are eligible for Sponsored Education Group Participant (SEGP) connectivity in Michigan can now use the Internet2 Network for high-bandwidth applications, innovative educational programs, and connectivity to other Internet2-connected organizations across the United States.




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Grand Valley State University occupational therapy program keeps spots for University of Michigan undergrads
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 (1934 reads)


The Grand Rapids Press/September 01, 2009

 

Grand Valley State University will guarantee three University of Michigan undergrads each year early admission to its master's program in occupational therapy under a partnership in the fall.



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Wayne State To Open Biz Assistance Centers
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 (1567 reads)


Great Lakes IT Report/September 1, 2009

 

In early September, Wayne State University will open Business Assistance Centers in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to aid small businesses and nonprofit organizations with such things as developing business strategy, marketing studies, financial projections and info tech support.



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MFRP Responds to "Americans for Prosperity"
Monday, August 31, 2009 (1448 reads)


MFRP responds to “Americans for Prosperity” support for cuts in veterans programs, Meals on Wheels, law enforcement, larger class sizes in Michigan elementary and high schools, higher college tuition, end to the Michigan Promise Scholarship and more.

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Bauer: Scholarship cuts will weaken Michigan
Sunday, August 30, 2009 (1483 reads)


Lansing State Journal/August 30, 2009

 

As the Oct. 1 deadline to resolve the state's budget deficit draws nearer, my colleagues and I are looking at ways to resolve a budget deficit of almost $2 billion. With a deficit this size, it's imperative that we work across the aisle to find ways to put our state back on sound financial footing. We have many difficult decisions to make in the days ahead, and we need everybody at the table to get Michigan on the right track.



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Student grants in limbo while state wrestles with big deficit
Thursday, August 27, 2009 (2486 reads)


Detroit Free Press/August 27, 2009

 

Thousands of Michigan college-bound students must make their fall tuition payments without the $500 or $1,000 state grants they expected.


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What Makes a State Prosperous
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 (2148 reads)


President of Michigan Future, Inc., Lou Glazer talks about what makes a state prosperous. Click here to view the video on Michigan Future's homepage.

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Mike Boulus on Carrying Concealed Weapons on Campus
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 (1559 reads)


News/Talk WJR August 25, 2009

 

Michael Boulus, Executive Director, Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan tells Steve Courtney he's against the idea of concealed weapons on college campuses. Listen here



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Boulus: Budget mess is product of state's tax decisions
Monday, August 24, 2009 (1472 reads)


Lansing State Journal/August 9, 2009

 

Among the most knowledgeable people in Michigan about the state budget are the directors of the nonpartisan House and Senate fiscal agencies.

 

So when Gary Olson, director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, recently said Michigan's annual budget crisis is not the result of the state's 9-year-old recession, he's worth listening to.



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MCC Teams Up With UMD To Help Criminal Justice Students
Thursday, August 13, 2009 (1574 reads)


August 13, 2009/WWJ Newsradio 950

 

Macomb Community College is teaming up with the University of Michigan-Dearborn to help criminal justice students transition from a two- to a four-year degree program.

 



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WSU offers details on $5M electric vehicle grant
Thursday, August 13, 2009 (1600 reads)


Great Lakes IT Report/August 13, 2009

 

As part of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan, the United States Department of Energy awarded Wayne State University a $5 million federal grant to provide an electric vehicle engineering education and workforce training program.



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EMU President: Budgetary Stability Critical
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 (1504 reads)


Gongwer News/August 11, 2009

 

Michigan residents now see that getting higher education is critical to ensuring a stable financial base in their personal lives, but that comes at a time when the state's universities confront fiscal stability as their biggest worry, said Susan Martin, Eastern Michigan University president.





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Higher Ed's Lobbyist Stays Positive Despite Tough Budget Battles
Thursday, July 16, 2009 (1658 reads)


Dome Magazine/July 16, 2009

Could higher education get much lower? Legislators want to chop state spending on higher education...During the last five years, Michigan has dropped to 50th place among the states in higher education appropriations.   Read the article in July, 2009 Dome on Michael Boulus




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Michigan must reform its spending
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 (1684 reads)


Detroit News/July 8, 2009

It's hard to think about a report that projects another 311,000 jobs lost in Michigan over the next 18 months as good news. But at least the latest economic forecast from the University of Michigan sees an end to this long, dreadful slide.



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Grand Valley State University pumps $592 million into West Michigan economy, annual study finds
Thursday, May 07, 2009 (2022 reads)


GRAND RAPIDS -- Coffee and snack food may not be the best thing for a college student to fuel a young person's appetite, but Grand Valley State University students' buying habits go a long way toward fueling the West Michigan economy.

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Community Colleges Challenge Hierarchy With 4-Year Degrees
Monday, May 04, 2009 (1831 reads)


MIAMI — When LaKisha Coleman received her associate’s degree at Miami Dade Community College six years ago, her best bet for a bachelor’s degree seemed to be at the more expensive Florida International University.

 

But nowadays, Miami Dade College — the “Community” has been dropped — offers bachelor’s degrees in teaching and nursing and public safety management, and will soon add engineering technology, film production and others. Ms. Coleman returned to Miami Dade two years ago and is about to graduate with a degree in public safety management.



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GRANHOLM WARNS EDUCATORS OF TOUGH TIMES TO COME
Thursday, April 30, 2009 (1722 reads)


The state still has its goal of doubling the number of college graduates.   But that will have to come despite less funding for education, Governor Jennifer Granholm told the Governor's Education Summit in Lansing on Tuesday.

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Granholm plans Web site with college info
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (1744 reads)


Lansing State Journal/April 29, 2009

 

The Michigan College Access Network will launch in fall 2010. It will let students research many aspects of the state's colleges, such as scholarships, application requirements, financial aid options and virtual campus tours, said Brenda Hunt, chairwoman of the community foundation task force for the College Access Network. She also is president of the Battle Creek Community Foundation.


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Higher-ed partnerships are easing some of state's pain
Friday, April 24, 2009 (1722 reads)


Conway Jeffress and Thomas J. Haas • April 14, 2009

One bright spot emerging during Michigan's troubled times is increased collaboration between our community colleges and public universities. All across Michigan, the transition from community colleges to public universities is becoming easier and easier, and students couldn’t be happier.



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West Michigan Strategic Alliance supports new Web site to help students find internships
Friday, April 24, 2009 (1620 reads)


by The Grand Rapids Press

Thursday April 23, 2009, 11:40 AM

GRAND RAPIDS -- Students looking for internships this summer could be able to tap into a central Web site created by a coalition of business leaders and educators.



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Alliances Between Universities, Community Colleges Ease Student Troubles
Thursday, April 23, 2009 (1728 reads)


Detroit Free Press -- March 28, 2009

New partnerships between the two types of institutions go beyond the old articulation agreements that often were inflexible and fraught with dropped credits, lost paperwork and, at times, ill-prepared students.


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MSU students: Graduate education key to state’s economic development
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 (1620 reads)


April 20, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. — From environmental protection to employment to quality of life, graduate education plays an important role in Michigan’s economic development, according to Michigan State University graduate students who will discuss their research with state legislators during Michigan Graduate Education Day.


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Michigan income ranking falls 11 percent below national average; weakest since 1929
Friday, April 17, 2009 (2339 reads)


Rick Haglund | Detroit Bureau
Tuesday April 14, 2009
The loss of more than 350,000 manufacturing jobs over the past decade, many of them in the auto industry, has depressed the state's per capita income to 11 percent below the national average. That is the lowest level since the federal government started collecting data in 1929.

To Read the Michigan Future Report click here



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Half of University Grads Flee Michigan
Sunday, April 12, 2009 (2257 reads)


Detroit News - April 3, 2009
At a time when Granholm is pushing to double the number of college grads, the number of grads leaving the state has doubled instead. Half of Michigan's college grads now leave the state within a year of graduation, taking with them their diplomas and the talent needed to help rebuild Michigan's economy.




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Bio-Nano Power Receives Loan to Develop Nano-Scale Biosensors
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 (1862 reads)


Bio-Nano Power LLC, a Central Michigan University Research Corp. tenant led by  Long, is developing smaller and faster biosensors so that diabetes patients can better monitor their glucose levels.

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Michigan Intern Web Site Connects Employers, Students
Thursday, April 02, 2009 (1763 reads)


Business Review Western Michigan -- March 31, 2009
A first-of-its-kind initiative matches employers and interns across the state, with a goal of keeping college graduates in Michigan. InternInMichigan.com, which went live March 2, is an internship portal where employers can post internship positions and students can post resumes. The Detroit Regional Chamber will run the initiative and fund it through a WIRED grant, a federal economic-development program meant to develop a more highly skilled work force.


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University of Michigan team wins Clean Energy Prize
Sunday, March 29, 2009 (1774 reads)


Crain's Detroit Business- March 23, 2009

A student team that developed a plan to use algae to simultaneously treat wastewater and produce raw material for biofuels has won a top prize in a competition established by DTE Energy Co. and the University of Michigan.



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Coalition asks Legislature to Resist Cutting Taxes and Look at Reforming and Modernizing Michigan’s Revenue Structure
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (1566 reads)


The Presidents Council- March 24, 2009

The Presidents Council joined a large colalition to express deep concern about the many tax cuts, tax credits and other tax expenditure bills making their way through the legislative process.  The one thing all of these bills have in common is that they will reduce revenues at the state and/or local level at a time when the state and its local units are already experiencing serious revenue loss.



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Michigan University Presidents want Higher-ed Investment
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (1595 reads)


The Associated Press - March 03, 2009
LANSING -- A larger state investment in higher education would boost Michigan's troubled economy and help keep college affordable, the presidents of Michigan's three largest research universities said Tuesday.


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MFRP: A Factual Look at Balancing the State Budget
Monday, March 23, 2009 (1550 reads)


Lansing State Journal

As the Lansing State Journal seeks input from readers on how best to balance the state’s budget, it is important that readers and Journal staff take a step back and look at what has already happened to the state’s budget this decade.



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Michigan has Plenty of Ideas for Tax Reform, but no Consensus
Friday, March 20, 2009 (1631 reads)


Lansing Bureau- March 22, 2009

The backdrop for the tax-cutting is a Michigan economy in shambles and the assertion that the state has to make dramatic repairs.That effort apparently began Thursday when the civic group Detroit Renaissance huddled with legislative leaders to discuss improvements in Michigan's business climate. A goal, said House Speaker Andy Dillon, is to agree on serious change in these "serious times."



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Higher Ed Leaders Push Again Against Cuts
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 (1564 reads)


Gongwer News Service - March 03, 2009
With what is becoming their calling card message, higher education officials Tuesday equated advanced degrees with economic prosperity, telling lawmakers on the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee that tuition freezes and cuts to state funding won't allow them to continue to attract money and jobs to Michigan.


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State University Presidents want Higher-Ed Investment
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 (1570 reads)


Detroit Free Press - March 03, 2009
The presidents of Michigan’s three largest universities — touting their institutions as a key to Michigan’s economic recovery — asked lawmakers today to stop the erosion of state support for higher education.



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University Presidents Lobby Lansing for Funding
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 (1601 reads)


The Detroit News - March 03, 2009
LANSING -- The state's three largest universities are a powerful economic engine for the state, but the Legislature needs to invest in higher education to ensure continued progress and access for all students, presidents of University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University said Tuesday morning.


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Rethink Budget Moves on Ag Programs
Monday, March 02, 2009 (1604 reads)


Lansing State Journal - March 04, 2009
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposal to cut funding for the MSU Extension has riled some in the agricultural field, Michigan's second-largest industry. It's not the first time the governor has proposed such reductions.


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