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Higher Education: A Better Idea
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 (1902 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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State Funding for Colleges and Universities is Being Cut to Help Balance the State's Budget
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 (2022 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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Michigan Voters Should Avoid the Disruption of a Constitutional Convention
Monday, September 27, 2010 (1159 reads)

September 26. 2010/Detroit News


Voters will be asked this November whether they want to set up a special convention to draft an entirely new state constitution. They should say no. If voters opt to convene a new constitutional convention (called con-con), the state will be subjected to uncertainty about its form of state government and tax structure for two years or more, and will be embroiled in bickering over every divisive issue debated here over the past two decades. That's energy better spent on luring jobs and investment.

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In Challenging Economic Times, U-M helps Launch 10 New Startup Companies
Monday, September 27, 2010 (957 reads)

September 27, 2010/News Service


U-M helped launch 10 startups last year and licensed 97 innovative technologies to industry, while university researchers reported 290 new inventions. The 97 technology agreements tie a university record set four years ago, according to Tech Transfer. The 10 startups, up from eight the previous year, bring the university’s total over the past decade to 93.

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Tune in October 10 for the Only Gubernatorial Debate
Friday, September 24, 2010 (1324 reads)

September 23, 2010/Center for Michigan


Are you ready for a Great Debate? A one-hour debate between gubernatorial candidates Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder will air on live television statewide at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 10. The Center for Michigan and a coalition of 19 co-sponsors representing business, labor, education, and nonprofit groups are extremely pleased to bring this one-and-only 2010 gubernatorial debate to Michigan voters.

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

America's Best Colleges - Encouraging 'Crazy Ideas'
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 (2043 reads)

August 30, 2010/


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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College Aid Offices Offer Students Tuition Help, Hope
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 (1847 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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