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No Backsliding in Michigan Graduation Requirements
Friday, September 02, 2016 (141 reads)

September 1, 2016/The Detroit News

By Daniel Hurley, CEO

Michigan’s public universities are strongly supportive of efforts to improve the college-readiness of our state’s high school graduates. That’s why we believe the state shouldn’t backtrack from its rigorous K-12 academic standards and graduation requirements.

Part of our resolve on this issue comes from the long history of several public universities serving as “Normal” colleges, a term used in the past to describe schools focused on creating teachers. Part of it is selfish. It’s much cheaper and easier to move a student to college graduation in four years if he or she is well-prepared to handle a college-level course of study when the student arrives on campus.

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MSU President Honored by Women's Hall of Fame
Monday, August 22, 2016 (129 reads)

Lansing State Journal/August 10, 2016

by Beth LeBlanc

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Lansing educator Dr. Olivia Letts will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame this fall.

The two women are among five contemporary honorees who will be inducted into the hall’s 33rd class on Oct. 19 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The hall of fame also will induct historical honorees.

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James Smith Takes Reins As Eastern Michigan University President
Monday, July 11, 2016 (188 reads)

July 2, 2016/WEMU 89.1

Eastern Michigan University welcomed new President James Smith for his first official day on the job Friday.

As Smith heads into his first week leading the school, he says he’s eager to meet more faculty and staff before the fall semester begins. “It’s hard to meet a lot of faculty in the summer because many of them are not resident on campus, but I certainly look forward to that opportunity as August rolls around," he says. "Our core mission is all about teaching and learning, and [I] certainly want to have that dialogue with faculty about things that they see for us to be stronger in that teaching and learning environment.”

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Higher Ed is Key to a State’s Success, and Should be Supported
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 (377 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 (483 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 (448 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 (457 reads)

Feb. 29, 2016/Holland

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 (558 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 (469 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 (627 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 (483 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 (431 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 (478 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 (387 reads)

December 21, 2015/

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 (513 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 (137 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 (491 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 (542 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 (592 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 (571 reads)

November 8, 2015/

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 (568 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 (652 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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