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Higher Ed is Key to a State’s Success, and Should be Supported
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 (55 reads)


April 26, 2016/Bridge 


Guest Commentary by Daniel Hurley


Across the nation, public policymakers are starting to let data drive decisions. That’s why the most successful states – states where you can live long and prosper, to borrow a phrase – are those that are doing more to prepare, retain and attract young college graduates.

The states with the highest per capita incomes and the longest life spans tend to be those with large percentages of college graduates.


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Michiganians with College Degree Up for Sixth Year
Monday, April 18, 2016 (144 reads)


By Kim Kozlowski

Michigan has reached its highest rate in six years of people earning post-secondary degrees, but it’s slightly below the national rate.

Residents between 25 and 64 years old who earned a degree increased from 35.7 percent in 2008 to 39.3 percent in 2014, according to a report from the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused on increasing success in higher education. That’s a 3.6 percent increase.


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Wayne State Hires Duke University Exec as Next Provost
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 (195 reads)


April 1, 2016/Crain's Detroit Business

By Chad Halcom

Wayne State University has tapped Keith Whitfield, Duke University vice provost for academic affairs, to succeed outgoing Provost Margaret Winters effective June 1.
The university Board of Governors approved the appointment at its meeting Friday.

Winters, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at WSU since April 2013, is retiring after 14 years at the university.


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Grand Valley State University, Elsevier Inc. Partner for Research Projects
Friday, March 04, 2016 (275 reads)


Feb. 29, 2016/Holland Sentinal.com

Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing has partnered with information solutions provider Elsevier Inc. to collaborate on research projects aimed at expanding opportunities for nursing students and faculty members.


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Universities Want More Stable Funding from State
Monday, February 01, 2016 (364 reads)


January 31, 2016/Detroit Free Press

Michigan's 15 public universities are hoping to convince legislators to establish "consistent and sufficient" funding in this year's budget cycle, even as requests grow to use spare state money to deal with crises in Flint and the Detroit Public Schools.


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Dan Hurley: Keep Learning, Michigan. For All it’s Worth
Monday, January 25, 2016 (260 reads)


January 25, 2016/The Spartan Podcast

Dan Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities, talks about the importance of helping legislators and citizens see the value of an educated workforce to Michigan’s future economic prosperity and social vitality. He talks with Scott Westerman and Russ White on MSU Today.

“The data is absolutely overwhelming in terms of the need to increase the educational credentials of Michigan residents,” says Hurley.


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Why Allowing Michigan’s Community Colleges to Offer Four-Year Degrees is Bad Public Policy
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (369 reads)


Allowing Michigan's community colleges to offer four-year degrees will result in higher costs for students and taxpayers. Read more here. 



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EMU Recognized as a Doctoral University
Monday, January 11, 2016 (280 reads)


January 6, 2016/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

Eastern Michigan University — long classified as a large master’s university in Ypsilanti — has become a doctoral-granting institution.

EMU was reclassified to a doctoral university in the 2015 edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education rankings system, which identifies American institutions of higher education for comparisons.


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Local University President Tapped by Governor for Three-year Term
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (217 reads)


January 5, 2016/ABC 10 News

Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz will continue to serve on the Michigan Education Trust board of trustees. Tech Today reports that Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Mroz to a three–year term.

Mroz had first been selected by the Governor in August to serve the remainder of a term which expired at the end of 2015. The Michigan Education Trust is a prepaid college tuition plan that enables families to pre–purchase tuition based on today’s tuition rates.


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Rare Isotope Accelerator Takes Shape on MSU’s Campus
Monday, January 04, 2016 (266 reads)


December 22, 2015/Lansing State Journal

EAST LANSING – Civil construction on Michigan State University’s $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is 10 weeks ahead of schedule less than two years after the project’s groundbreaking.

And with $100 million in federal funding on the way next year thanks to the recently signed federal spending bill, officials say they are confident they will meet, if not preempt, the project’s 2022 deadline.


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EMU Appoints Dr. Don Loppnow to Serve Third Stint as Interim President
Monday, December 21, 2015 (204 reads)


December 21, 2015/MLive.com

For the third time, Dr. Don Loppnow will lead Eastern Michigan University as its interim president.

The Board of Regents unanimously voted to appoint Loppnow during a special meeting Monday morning.

Loppnow previously served as interim president at EMU for a two-week period in 2004 after the resignation of Samuel Kirkpatrick, and again from 2007-2008 after John Fallon was fired. He's also served the university in a variety of capacities during his 40-year career at the school.


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Medical School Project at Western Michigan University Receives Honors
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (297 reads)


Dec. 11, 2015/American School and University

By Mike Kennedy

Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine project has won an award of merit from Engineering News-Record for the best project in the Midwest region in the higher education/research category.


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MI Universities Show Compelling Growth
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (99 reads)


Michigan’s public universities are showing impressive gains, according to the 2015 update of Business Leaders for Michigan’s Performance Tracker for Public Universities. Read here.



Keep Learning, Michigan
Friday, December 11, 2015 (279 reads)


MASU is pleased to support the "Keep Learning, Michigan Campaign."

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Bridging the Gap: OU/Pontiac Partnership Unites Campus and City
Monday, December 07, 2015 (305 reads)


Nov 16, 2015/The Oakland Post

Paige Brockway and Anthony Spak

Representatives from Oakland University and the City of Pontiac held a town hall meeting Saturday, Nov. 15, to discuss the successes and strategies of the city-university initiative.

This partnership between the publicly funded university and its neighboring city has been in action for a year, focusing on growing community involvement and student experiential learning.


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STEM Inspires College Students to Fight Disease
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 (360 reads)


December 2 2015/U.S. News

Science, math and technology education is inspiring a new generation of inventors to save the world.

Western Michigan University students Joseph Barnett and Stephen John learned about the lack of medical care for newborns during their respective travels to Honduras and Nepal, so they designed a respirator for premature babies that can be built with simple parts and operated without extensive training.

Western Michigan University students Joseph Barnett, left, and Stephen John, center, won best design by an undergraduate team for their respirator for newborn babies. They are accompanied by humorist Mo Rocca, the award presenter.


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Health Science Programs Help Spur Development in West Michigan Downtowns
Thursday, November 19, 2015 (346 reads)


November 8, 2015/MiBiz.com

By Nick Manes

Downtowns across West Michigan have transformed into destinations for some of the area’s leading life sciences and biomedical research institutions.

For proof, one needn’t look beyond Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo where Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, respectively, have each made significant investments in medical learning and research facilities. Beyond the walls of the buildings, however, the projects have the potential to leverage both direct and indirect follow-on investment, according to development sources. 



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Dow Chemical, Michigan State University, Local Foundations Opening New MSU STEM Center
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (355 reads)


November 9, 2015/Midland Daily News

Michigan State University will partner with The Dow Chemical Co. and local foundations to open the STEM Center for the Great Lakes Bay Region at the former Michigan Molecular Institute in Midland.

Creating more opportunities to motivate teachers, encourage students and empower young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is the inspiration behind the center.



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U-M College Prep Program to Offer Full Scholarships
Friday, October 23, 2015 (409 reads)


U-M College Prep Program to Offer Full Scholarships

October 23, 2015/Detroit Free Press

By David Jesse

Students in Ypsilanti and Southfield who complete a new college-prep program being offered by the University of Michigan will get a full-ride scholarship to the university, U-M President Mark Schlissel announced today.

The program, called Wolverine Pathways, will start in January and be for residents who live in the Ypsilanti and Southfield school districts. Students do not need to be students in the Ypsilanti or Southfield public schools.


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Central Michigan University Unveils MakerBot Innovation Center, First in Midwest
Thursday, October 22, 2015 (377 reads)


October 22, 2015/9&10 News

By Adora Namigadde

You can visualize, take something from a computer screen and put it into reality,” said Janet Hethorn, the dean of Central Michigan University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts.

3-D printing is the future of technology --- and now Central Michigan university is offering it to their students.

This is their new Makerbot Innovation Center.

The lab is the first of its kind at a university in the Midwest.


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College, State Programs Prepare Veterans for Life After Military
Monday, September 21, 2015 (514 reads)


September 13, 2015/Crain's Detroit Business

By Amy Lane

Phil Larson remembers taking off a uniform he no longer would wear as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and asking himself questions as he moved into civilian life: "Who am I? What's my meaning?"

"For the last years ... it's been answered for you," said Larson, now director of the veteran and military services program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "You knew that you served the country; there was a purpose, a mission larger than self.

"When you get out, you have lost a sense of purpose in your job, friendship networks, pay, accommodations ... a lot of security goes with that. College gives people time and room to adjust to being a civilian."


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WSU Leader Sets Goal of Graduating Students in 4 Years
Monday, September 21, 2015 (501 reads)


September 15, 2015/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

Detroit — Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson called Tuesday for the school and students to commit to a goal of graduating in four years, despite historically having one of the worst six-year graduation rates in Michigan.

Calling the six-year graduation rate improving but still “unacceptable” at 32 percent, Wilson said the aim is not to achieve better national rankings or more state funding but to prepare a diverse student body to thrive.

“We do this because every student deserves the opportunity to obtain the best of a college education,” Wilson said. “Every student deserves the opportunity to aspire and to achieve excellence — the type of excellence that is part of the value system of Wayne State. Every student deserve the opportunity to thrive regardless of their family wealth or the circumstances in which they were born.”


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Stay the Course on Rigorous K-12 Standards
Thursday, September 17, 2015 (489 reads)


September 17, 2015/The Detroit News

We have a preparation gap in Michigan, and it’s threatening the future opportunities of thousands of young people graduating from our high schools. Each year, 35 percent of our high school students who go on to college are not prepared for freshman level courses and need to enroll in remedial courses in math and/or reading.

Those students have a steep hill to climb to stay in college and earn a meaningful degree or credential. Too many end up dropping out.

The good news is Michigan educators have been working to address this problem by introducing more challenging academic standards in elementary, middle and high school — standards that are aligned with the expectations students will face when they enter college and the job market. Michigan’s employers and its colleges and universities overwhelmingly support these efforts because we know first-hand the opportunities for students who graduate high school college- and career-ready. And we know that Michigan’s future economic prosperity depends on getting this right.


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WMU Experts are Part of New $171 Million Federal Innovation Project
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 (428 reads)


August 29, 2015/MLive

By Al Jones

KALAMAZOO, MI-- Two Western Michigan University faculty members – experts in sensors and flexible printing -- are expected to play a key role in a new $171 million federal manufacturing innovation initiative.

Dr. Massood Atashbar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at WMU, and Dr. Margaret Joyce, professor of chemical and paper engineering, will direct part of the initiative, called the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

The institute was launched Friday by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at NASA's Ames Research Center in San Jose, Calif. Atashbar and Joyce were in attendance.


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Michigan’s Public Universities Already Operate Openly
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (463 reads)


September 1, 2015/Bridge Magazine

by Daniel Hurley

Daniel Hurley is chief operating officer of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, which represents the state’s 15 public universities.

Concerns about how Michigan’s universities operate, as expressed by Michigan state Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) are much appreciated. However, it seems his proposal to mandate that these institutions be held to some superior level of “openness” in governing board meetings is a solution in search of a problem.


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WMU, KVCC Enter First Semester of Sustainable Brewing Degree Program
Sunday, August 02, 2015 (584 reads)


August 2, 2015/MiBiz

By John Wiegand

With 1,000 microbreweries in the planning stages nationwide and 700 expected to open for business this year, the craft brewing industry has struggled to find skilled workers to bring all that new beer to market.

That need for talent has led Western Michigan University (WMU) and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) to create a collaborative degree program in sustainable brewing that will begin its first semester this fall.




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Daniel Hurley's Interview on WJR's Mitch Albom Show Regarding Tuition Increases & State Funding
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 (615 reads)


PCSUM CEO Daniel Hurley weighs in on the Mitch Albom Show regarding tuition increases & state funding.



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Turf War: Community Colleges Want to Offer More 4-year Degrees
Monday, July 13, 2015 (835 reads)


July 13, 2015/Bridge Magazine & Crain's Detroit Business

By Lindsay VanHulle

LANSING — Lawmakers in Michigan have renewed an effort to allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in nursing — a move that could change the way nursing education is delivered in the state as industry preferences evolve to favor nurses with more advanced training.

The state’s 28 community colleges support the idea as a natural extension of their mission. But four-year public universities oppose the measure, arguing the change would undermine existing agreements between community colleges and traditional four-year programs.

Senate Bill 98, introduced by state Sen. Mike Shirkey, is pending in the Senate after a committee approved it in June.


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Sabotaging Our Future
Friday, June 19, 2015 (617 reads)


June 17, 2015/Michigan Radio

Jack Lessenberry talks about Eastern Michigan University raising tuition 7.8 percent. 


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Michigan's State Universities Get a New Advocate
Monday, June 08, 2015 (646 reads)


June 7, 2015/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

Lansing — After being immersed in national higher education policy for nearly a decade, Dan Hurley can cite all kinds of statistics about the benefits of a college education.

Two things Hurley knows already about Michigan: 7 out of 10 jobs in will require some type of postsecondary education within five years. But right now only 37 percent of the state's citizens have a two-year degree or higher, he said, citing research from Business Leaders for Michigan, a business group that advocates for state investment in higher education.

That's why Hurley, who this month becomes the state's chief lobbyist for higher education, thinks Michigan must act quickly to develop more college graduates.


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Michigan’s College Attainment Rate Improving
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (915 reads)


April 20, 2015/Lumina Foundation Report


Michigan College Acess Network: Lisa King, Consultant,
Email: lisa@micollegeaccess.org
Office: 517-316-1713 Cell: 313-451-1387

President’s Council of State Universities: Michael Boulus, President

Email: mboulus@pcsum.org

Office: 517.482.1563


Lumina Foundation release report highlighting increase to 38.4 percent in 2013

LANSING, MICH. –Michigan’s college attainment rate has increased at its highest rate in more than five years according to new Census data released from the Lumina Foundation.

In its 2015 report entitled “A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education,” Lumina Foundation-- a private foundation committed to expanding student access to and success in higher education-- reported Michigan’s college attainment rate increased from 37.4 percent in 2012 to 38.4 percent in 2013, and increase by one percent in a one year period.



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LSSU, University of Wisconsin Colleges Sign Transfer Agreement
Friday, March 06, 2015 (994 reads)


March 7th, 2015/LSSU Campus News

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University and the University of Wisconsin Colleges, the 13 liberal arts transfer institutions of the University of Wisconsin System and UW Colleges Online, have signed an agreement to make it easier for UW students to transfer to LSSU.

The move will connect LSSU with 14,000 prospective students, many of whom are planning to transfer to other colleges after completing their first two years of studies.

“We look forward to working with the UW Colleges to accept transfer students, particularly given that we offer programs in high-demand areas such as nursing, engineering, business, fire science, and criminal justice,” said LSSU President Tom Pleger. “I also believe our new ‘one-rate’ tuition program should make us a very attractive option for these students.”

LSSU also offers programs in robotics, fisheries and wildlife management, conservation biology, web development, computer science, teacher education, physical sciences, communication, exercise science, athletic training, and much more, including a wide range of liberal arts programs. LSSU’s Board of Trustees approved the university’s “One Rate at Lake State” tuition program last fall, allowing non-residents anywhere in North America to pay resident tuition prices at LSSU.


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How Wayne State Police Helped Breathe Life Into a Blighted Detroit Strip
Friday, February 27, 2015 (917 reads)


Feb. 25, 2015/New York Times

By Stacy Cowley

DETROIT — When Christopher Prater and his wife, TaNisha — Detroit natives who returned home after 12 years in Atlanta — went scouting for a location for the clothing boutique they planned to open, he was horrified by the address of a spot she suggested. It was on Cass Avenue, a once-blighted strip with a sordid history of drugs and prostitution.

“I told her very adamantly and vehemently that there is no way in the world I’m taking my sons to Cass,” he said. “To my mind, that was no place to be at 12 noon, much less 12 midnight.”

The neighborhood Mr. Prater found, when he was finally lured out to look, bore few traces of the one he remembered.

Now called Midtown, the area is one of Detroit’s most striking economic-revival success stories and a veritable haven for small businesses, which had been among the biggest casualties of the city’s urban decay. Coffee shops, yoga studios, restaurants and clothing boutiques now fill spaces that sat empty for decades. The district’s retail vacancy rate has fallen to 10 percent, down from 22 percent six years ago, and its residential occupancy rate tops 97 percent.

Nearly every business is locally owned, though a few national chains are creeping in. Whole Foods arrived two years ago, and Carhartt, the Michigan retailer known for its rugged work clothes, is preparing to open its first Detroit store.


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MI Universities Outperforming U.S. Peers in Key Categories
Thursday, February 26, 2015 (789 reads)


February 26, 2015/BLM

DETROIT, Mich., February 26, 2015 – Performance data for each of Michigan’s 15 public universities, released online today by Business Leaders for Michigan, shows the state’s higher education sector is performing better than most peers in producing talent while working to control costs and increase access.

The Michigan Performance Tracker for Public Universities reports on about 30 different metrics that measure productivity and efficiency, affordability and access, and economic impact.

Visitors to the Performance Tracker can see exactly how much Michigan invests in its public universities compared to other states as well as how Michigan’s universities compare to peer universities in other states on graduation rates, degrees awarded in critical skills areas (including science, technology, engineering and math), and the cost of attendance.


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University Tuition Cap Under Fire
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (883 reads)


February 25, 2015/Detroit News

Lansing — Four years after a 15 percent state funding cut, some leaders of Michigan's 15 public universities are pushing back at caps on tuition and other measures lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder have used to slowly reverse prior reductions.

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson has emerged as the chief critic of the funding model Snyder and the Legislature have used for three consecutive years to award more money to universities with higher graduation rates and large concentrations of undergraduate students getting degrees in science and math.

Under the "performance funding" formula, Wayne State doesn't get points with lawmakers for having a higher concentration of graduate students in the fields of medicine and law than the other 14 schools. The Detroit university receives no points for its low 34 percent graduation rate.

Wayne State consequently stands to get a 0.6 percent increase of about $1 million next year, while six smaller universities — Central, Eastern, Western, Ferris State, Grand Valley State and Oakland — will receive more money under Snyder's proposed $28 million increase for which the universities compete.


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Lobbyist for Mich. Public Universities to Retire July 1
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (679 reads)


February 25, 2015/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

Lansing — After more than a decade, the chief lobbyist for Michigan’s 15 public universities is stepping down.

A higher education administrator working on public policy issues nationally will replace him, officials announced Wednesday.

Mike Boulus, CEO of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, will retire July 1 after 14 years.

His successor will be Dan Hurley, associate vice president for government relations and state policy with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.

Glen Mroz, president of Michigan Technological University, said Boulus’ departure will be a loss. He has tremendous institutional knowledge of the Legislature and of the state’s public universities, he said. But the loss will be offset by Hurley.


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Michigan Must Invest More in Higher Education to Prosper in the 21st Century
Monday, February 23, 2015 (627 reads)


February 22, 2015/MLive

By Rick Haglund

Here are some mind-blowing statistics that demonstrate just how far Michigan has fallen economically over the past 35 years and why it must get smarter to prosper in the 21st century:

In 1980, the U.S. city with the highest median income for young workers was Flint. Yes, Flint. And Detroit ranked second among large cities.

Plentiful, high-paying factory jobs pushed Flint's real median income for workers age 18 to 34 to $50,208 in 1980. Young Detroit workers earned $47,460, according to an analysis of census data by The Atlantic.

But by 2013, the inflation-adjusted median income for young workers in Flint had fallen by nearly 40 percent to $30,732. Detroit's median income for 18- to 34-year-olds dropped to $34,756.

San Jose, Calif. and San Francisco had the highest median incomes at $51,149 and $47,426, respectively.


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Rothwell: Higher Ed Leverages Michigan’s Growth
Monday, February 16, 2015 (651 reads)


February 13, 2015/Detroit News

Colleges and universities boost jobs, incomes and the economy

The evidence is clear — higher educational attainment translates into more jobs and higher incomes. The salaries of Michiganians significantly improve for those that obtain more than a high school education.

With some college or an associate’s degree, salaries are on average 22 percent higher than those with a high school degree.

For those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, salaries are on average twice those with only a high school degree and they are more likely to be employed than those without any postsecondary education.

Jobs requiring an associate’s degree or higher are growing twice as fast as jobs requiring only a high school diploma.


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Tech Transfer Office Can Help a Professor Turn Intellectual Gifts into Gold
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (910 reads)


December 17, 2014/Crain's Detroit Business

By Doug Henze

Coming up with a technological breakthrough is a feather in a university researcher's cap.

But taking that brilliant notion, and forming a profitable business, involves another degree of difficulty. So professors and other researchers who want to turn their intellectual gifts into gold will probably need a little help along the way.

"It takes more than a great idea," said Paul Riser Jr., managing director of technology-based entrepreneurship for Detroit business incubator TechTown. "Professors sometimes are great technologists or great engineers and sometimes they don't have the know-how, from a business perspective."

The place to start may be the university's technology transfer office.

"The sooner they engage with the office, the better," said Riser, whose nonprofit group works closely with technology transfer offices at Wayne State University and other schools.

The offices teach professors how to identify funding sources to help turn a research project into a for-profit enterprise.


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