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Health Science Programs Help Spur Development in West Michigan Downtowns
Thursday, November 19, 2015 (28 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.

While both facilities play into a need for increased life sciences infrastructure and the high-wage jobs that often come with that sector, the areas around those sites often become magnets for increased residential, retail and cultural services, developers told MiBiz.

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Dow Chemical, Michigan State University, Local Foundations Opening New MSU STEM Center
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (49 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.

The collaboration has been made possible with support from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation.

Together these foundations are working with MSU to invest $10 million into the MSU STEM Center.

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U-M College Prep Program to Offer Full Scholarships
Friday, October 23, 2015 (102 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.

"Wolverine Pathways is an important next step for the University of Michigan as we continue to look for ways to identify talented students and cultivate U-M applicants from all parts of our state," Schlissel said. He introduced the program during his annual leadership breakfast this morning.

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Central Michigan University Unveils MakerBot Innovation Center, First in Midwest
Thursday, October 22, 2015 (90 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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WSU Leader Sets Goal of Graduating Students in 4 Years
Monday, September 21, 2015 (176 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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College, State Programs Prepare Veterans for Life After Military
Monday, September 21, 2015 (171 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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Stay the Course on Rigorous K-12 Standards
Thursday, September 17, 2015 (181 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 (151 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 (173 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 (241 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 (330 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 (301 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 (359 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 (343 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 (594 reads)

April 20, 2015/Lumina Foundation Report

Michigan College Acess Network: Lisa King, Consultant,
Office: 517-316-1713 Cell: 313-451-1387

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


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 (685 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 (601 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 (464 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 (477 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 (402 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 (340 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 (369 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 (614 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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Michigan Universities Capitalize on Growth of State Venture Capital Industry
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (631 reads)

December 7, 2014/Crain's Detroit Business

By Tom Henderson

When EDF Ventures launched in Ann Arbor in 1987 to invest in university-based technologies, the University of Michigan had one person working part time on technology transfer.

And at the time, the only other local venture capitalist in Southeast Michigan was Ian Bund.

"We were considered an oddity," said EDF co-founder Mary Campbell. " 'You're going to fund a professor? Why would you do that?' "

Today, the tech transfer office at UM employs 28 and has a variety of entrepreneurial support services, including incubator space at the school's north campus for some of its licensed startups.

Growth of UM's tech transfer is mirrored by growth of Michigan's venture capital industry. Funds that Campbell and Bund were associated with, less than $10 million, are quaint by today's standards.

Being an early adopter has been good to EDF. It has made a lot of money for its limited partners over the years through the sale or public offerings of such university-licensed portfolio companies as IntraLase, HandyLab Inc. and HealthMedia Inc. -- deals that sold for $808 million, $275 million and $200 million respectively.

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Transitioning from Military to College Life
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (675 reads)

November 11, 2014/Detroit Free Press

By Ann Zaniewski

People transitioning from military life to the classroom don't have to do it alone.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers several types of financial assistance to help veterans pursue an education and other forms of job training. And some colleges and universities have veterans' centers, specially trained staff and student groups to provide support.

"Some people becomes students soon after their military service, others might not go back to school for years," said Sarah Mellon, coordinator of the Student Veterans Resource Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. "There's a different set of experiences unique only to the veteran population."

Guide for high school seniors as they prepare to apply for college
Under the VA's Post-9/11 GI Bill, veterans, service members and their families who served after Sept. 10, 2001, can receive higher education and training benefits. Along with paid college tuition and fees, the bill provides a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for books.

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Health Professions Program Will Expand to Traverse City
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 (640 reads)

November 03, 2014/GVSU News

Grand Valley will expand its Master's in Physician Assistant Studies program by opening a satellite location in Traverse City.

Grand Valley administrators and faculty members will celebrate this addition during a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 11 at the Traverse City Regional Center.

It is the first physician assistant studies program in Michigan that has been accredited to offer a satellite program.

Roy Olsson, dean of the College of Health Professions, and faculty members Andrew Booth and Theresa Bacon-Baguley will join Timothy Nelson, president of Northwestern Michigan College, and Dr. Rob Smith, medical director of Munson Medical Center’s Emergency Department, at the event.

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Record Year Of Inventions At U-M Tech Transfer
Friday, October 10, 2014 (720 reads)

October 6, 2014/CBS Detroit

By Edward Cardenas

ANN ARBOR (CBS Detroit) – The University of Michigan Tech Transfer announced Monday that it recorded a record year of inventions, agreements and start-ups.

These discoveries and advancements came from engagement with companies large and small, officials stated.

“It is gratifying to see these record-setting metrics for, not just one, but several indicators of tech transfer performance,” said Ken Nisbet, associate vice president for research–technology transfer, in a release. “This is a reflection of the creativity of our researchers, the resourcefulness of our tech transfer team, and the contributions from our partners in the university, business, government and entrepreneurial communities.”

U-M Tech Transfer recorded number of advancements in fiscal year 2014, the university reported. Researchers reported 439 new inventions in fiscal year 2014, which is up from last year’s 421. Additionally, U-M Tech Transfer also recorded 148 option and license agreements compared to 108 agreements a year ago. There was also 14 start-ups launched, which brings the total number of businesses launched in the past five years to 55.

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WMU Gets $3.2 million to Build Culture of Degree Completion, Success
Monday, October 06, 2014 (529 reads)

Sept. 30, 2013/WMU News

Contact: Cheryl Roland

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Western Michigan University will receive more than $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education to use the unique opportunities afforded by the existence of the Kalamazoo Promise to build an institutional culture focused on increased access and degree completion for underrepresented, underprepared or low-income students.

The new grant is one of a small number of awards, and the only one made in Michigan, announced Sept. 30 by the DOE and meant to create and validate through ongoing research, student success programs that can tackle the problem of low rates of degree completion. The goal is to create programs that other universities can adopt, knowing there is sound research data behind the strategies embraced and replicated.

"After receiving nearly 500 applications from around the country, we’re excited to announce Western Michigan University will receive a First in the World grant, funded for the first time this year," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Each grantee demonstrated a high-quality, creative and sound approach to expand college access and improve student outcomes. We are confident these projects will have a positive impact on increasing access and completion and help us reach President Obama’s 2020 goal, to once again have the highest share of college graduates in the world."

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International Public Health Program is First and Only in North America
Monday, September 29, 2014 (523 reads)

September 24, 2014/LSSU News

Contact: Tom Pink

New program is partnership between LSSU, Sault College and Algoma Public Health

SAULT STE. MARIE – An international public health program that will help fill a great need in the public health field was formalized on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 24-25, at Algoma Public Health in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The new International Public and Environmental Health Program, a collaboration between the LSSU, Sault College and Algoma Public Health, will bolster public health programs at both institutions as well as provide assistance to a field that has a great demand for employees. The program is the only of its kind in North America and was eight years in the making.

Officials from the educational institutions, as well as public health agencies from the twin Saults, announced the new program during signing ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24 at Algoma Public Health’s Community Room, and then again at 11 a.m. on Sept. 25 in the Crow’s Nest at LSSU’s Walker Cisler Center.

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LSSU Approves Tuition Initiative to Attract Talent to Michigan
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (533 reads)

September 20th, 2014/LSSU News

Contact: Tom Pink at

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Echoing calls from government and business leaders, Lake Superior State University’s Board of Trustees today approved a North American tuition initiative designed to attract academically talented students to enhance Michigan’s economy, intellectual capital and overall environment.

Effective with fall semester 2015, every student from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico will be charged the same tuition rate. The “One Rate at Lake State” program will make the unique opportunities available at LSSU open and affordable to a wider range of students.

“Over the past several years, too often we’ve heard about the ‘brain drain’ from the state as the economy soured,” said LSSU President Tom Pleger. “This is a ‘brain gain’ initiative to rebuild Michigan and the upper Great Lakes. It will have an impact on both the local and state economy and beyond.”

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Why College is Still a Great Investment
Friday, September 05, 2014 (841 reads)

September 5, 2014/Vox

By Danielle Kurtzleben

New college graduates saddled with looming student loan payments and low-paying jobs (or no jobs at all) may find themselves questioning why they even went to school in the first place. But a new report suggests they made the right call, and that on the whole, a college degree is still a fantastic investment.

A new analysis from economists at the New York Fed finds that the value of a four-year college education is around three times higher than it was 30 years ago. Researchers Jaison Abel and Richard Deitz analyzed the data on costs and benefits of college and found that college not only pays off; it pays off handsomely.

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How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College
Monday, August 04, 2014 (740 reads)

July 29, 2014/The New York Times

By David Leonhardt

The government’s official statistic for college-tuition inflation has become somewhat infamous. It appears frequently in the news media, and policy makers lament what it shows.

No wonder: College tuition and fees have risen an astounding 107 percent since 1992, even after adjusting for economywide inflation, according to the measure. No other major household budget item has increased in price nearly as much.

But it turns out the government’s measure is deeply misleading.

For years, that measure was based on the list prices that colleges published in their brochures, rather than the actual amount students and their families paid. The government ignored financial-aid grants. Effectively, the measure tracked the price of college for rich families, many of whom were not eligible for scholarships, but exaggerated the price – and price increases – for everyone from the upper middle class to the poor.

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Can Michigan Become Role Model for Funding Higher Education?
Thursday, July 03, 2014 (871 reads)

July 2, 2014/Detroit Free Press

By Doug Rothwell

Higher education is a key element to fueling Michigan’s economy.

Universities account for a growing share of the research and development conducted in the state that fuels the growth of start-up companies and attracts new businesses. Today, Michigan’s public universities account for more than 6% of the total state economy and have the potential to create nearly 40,000 additional jobs in Michigan in the next decade. Higher learning also boosts lifetime earning potential. Median wages for Michigan workers with a bachelor’s degree are more than twice as high as those with only a high school diploma. Furthermore, those with college degrees are far less likely to be unemployed.

Our leaders in Lansing understand that a strong higher education sector is crucial for a healthy state economy. For the third straight year, Gov. Rick Snyder proposed — and the state Legislature enacted — increased state aid to universities. For fiscal year 2015, universities received the largest single-year increase in more than a decade, and funding has increased 11% over FY 2012 levels — more than most other states.

These increases put Michigan back on the path to toward making college more affordable. This is more important than ever because most of the good-paying jobs available today and tomorrow will require an education beyond high school.

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Mapping Saginaw Crime: SVSU Project IDs City's 'Hot Spots,' Shows Relationship with Poverty, Vacant Housing
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 (1173 reads)

July 02, 2014/MLive

By Brad Devereaux

SAGINAW, MI — A team of Saginaw Valley State University professors and students have spent the past year working on a project to help police identify violent crime trends in Saginaw.

After mapping the location of every shooting and homicide in Saginaw from 2005 to 2013 and statistically analyzing the data, the team reported findings to the Saginaw Police Department and the Saginaw Crime Prevention Council.

"The response seemed to be a bit of awe," SVSU professor Andrew Miller said about when they presented the project to the crime prevention council in May.

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How the Pizza Guy Helped Change Michigan's Higher Education Funding
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (828 reads)

How the Pizza Guy Helped Change Michigan's Higher Education Funding

June 17, 2014/Governing

By Liz Farmer

In Michigan, the turning point for education funding began with a trick play.

“They saw me coming from a mile away,” said Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University. In recent years in Lansing, lawmaker turnover had resulted in the loss of long-term advocates for higher education funding in the state legislature. In a state where just three in 10 adults had a degree beyond high school, and where some lawmakers did not have a higher education degree, colleges and universities were struggling to be heard.

Simon said legislators took a skeptical view to their funding pleas and criticized universities for always pointing to other schools that were better-funded than Michigan's. “That was their view of us," she said. "That no matter what they did, there was someone else who was better off."

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How Michigan Universities and Businesses Teamed Up to Save a Faltering State
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 (567 reads)

June 17, 2014/National Journal

By Fawn Johnson

Michigan was in bad shape. That much was clear. From 2000 to 2010, the state accounted for half of the 2 million jobs that were lost in the entire country. Residents' personal income fell by 14 percent. It was the only state to lose population. The recession that peaked nationally in 2008 started early for Michiganders. By 2006, high-level college executives in other states already were looking down their noses at Michigan universities.

"We kept hearing, 'Oh, poor Michigan,' " says Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. "We had to change the dialogue."

"If that [narrative] started to stick, our ability to attract talent and professors and R & D would be diminished," agrees Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president of government affairs at the University of Michigan. "We really couldn't afford to lose that in addition to what we were losing in the state."

The sheer enormity of Michigan's economic plight also raised alarm bells among business leaders. A Detroit-based business roundtable, originally set up to revive the flailing city, took its organization statewide in 2009.

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Tuition Too High?
Monday, June 09, 2014 (722 reads)

June 9, 2014/Michigan Future

By Lou Glazer

MLive reports that Governor Snyder in an Ann Arbor presentation complained about college tuition being too high. The article quotes the Governor: “Tuition has gone up a lot and there are two or three things that we need to do. One is: we need to keep working with the universities on managing their cost structures. We need to look at more need-based financial aid. But (we also) need to be more innovative,” Snyder said.

What the Governor didn’t say is that the major reason tuition has gone up is state budget cuts. And that the single best lever to lower tuition is for the state to reverse about a billion dollars in higher education funding cuts over the last decade. These cuts were implemented on a bi-partisan basis. Elected officials of both parties have been great at complaining about rising tuition, at the same time they have been slashing higher education funding.

As Dylan Matthews wrote for the Washington Post in the conclusion of an extensive ten part series entitled The Tuition is Too Damn High: “For public colleges offering master’s and bachelor’s degrees and for community colleges, the problem is simple. Spending has not increased much at all, but tuition has. There’s been a straightforward shift from financing based on state spending to financing based on student tuition.” (Emphasis added.)

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Tuition Agreement Continues to Serve Coast Guard Members
Thursday, June 05, 2014 (682 reads)

June 5, 2014/LSSU News

By Tom Pink

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Sault continues to pay dividends for Coast Guard personnel who are interested in pursuing their educational dreams while serving their country.

Two more USCG members were among the hundreds of graduates who participated in commencement exercises recently at LSSU, bringing the total to 11 who have received associate’s and bachelor’s degrees either directly from LSSU or as a result of courses they began with the university, according to ESO Brian Streichert of USCG Sector Sault. The graduates are attending through a tuition agreement established with LSSU and Sector Sault in 2009.

The recent graduates were DC3 Daniel Miller, who received an associate’s degree in criminal justice, and SK2 April Cannon, who received an associate’s degree in exercise science. DC3 Miller made his way back to Sault Ste. Marie from his current post aboard the USCGC Juniper in Newport, Rhode Island, in order to walk in his graduation ceremony. SK2 Cannon is continuing to serve in Sault Ste. Marie.

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WMU Becomes Part of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute network
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 (890 reads)

May 22, 2014/WMU News

By Cheryl Roland

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--The Bernard Osher Foundation has selected Western Michigan University to become the newest member of the celebrated national network of lifelong learning programs it supports.

WMU's Academy of Lifelong Learning, which has been offering classes for older adults in southwest Michigan since 2011, is now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University. The agreement, effective April 1, comes with an operating grant of $100,000 from the foundation to WMU. Once the institute demonstrates success and potential for sustainability, the Osher Foundation will consider awarding an endowment of $1 million to provide permanent support for WMU’s lifelong learning initiative, which is administered by Extended University Programs.

"We're enormously pleased about this relationship with Osher, which is the nation's premier name in lifelong learning," says Dr. John M. Dunn, president of WMU. "The addition of resources and the opportunity to be part of the Osher network will result in even broader success for our program that is already enthusiastically received by the citizens of the communities we serve."

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After Quiet Start, WSU President Wilson Makes Waves
Friday, May 16, 2014 (1092 reads)

May 15, 2014/Crains Detroit Business

By Tom Henderson

At a meeting I had with Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson six or eight weeks ago, he told me he had big things in mind for the school’s technology transfer office, and that he was awaiting word on whether the first-class candidate he had in mind would agree to become the school’s vice president of research.

In April, he landed his VP, Stephen Lanier, currently the associate provost for research and a professor of cell and molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. He will assume his new post on June 16.

Wednesday, the school announced two big things involving tech transfer. Joan Dunbar, who heads up the office, will now have two heavyweight veterans of technology commercialization on board to help her find viable technologies for commercialization on campus and then spin them off to the private sector, where they can generate jobs, revenue and, last but not least, taxes.

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Coleman to Leave a Legacy of Achievement at U-M
Monday, April 28, 2014 (702 reads)

April 28, 2014/Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

As President Mary Sue Coleman winds down her tenure at the University of Michigan, she’s being lauded as an extraordinary leader who steered the school through one of the state’s worst economic storms, leaving it not only intact, but stronger than before.

During her 12-year reign, state funding to higher education suffered unprecedented cuts as Michigan’s economy contracted. Yet Coleman oversaw the most successful fundraising campaigns of any American public university, initiated major improvements to U-M’s academic and athletic facilities and positioned higher education to play a lead role in transitioning the state into a high-tech, research-based economy.

In spite of the economic crisis, under Coleman’s leadership the university expanded its research facilities and football stadium, hired Nobel laureates and distinguished professors, and joined the national movement to make higher education available to a global audience by offering free online classes.

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Erickson Named NMU President
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (781 reads)

April 22, 2014/NMU News

By Kristi Evans

Fritz Erickson will be the 15th president of Northern Michigan University, effective July 1. The NMU Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the appointment at a public session this morning. Erickson was one of four finalists for the position. He is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

Erickson is driving to Marquette and will be available to greet the campus community at 4 p.m. today in the Brule Room of the University Center.

“It means the world to Jan and me to have the opportunity to return to the Upper Peninsula and work at such a wonderful university,” Erickson said. “I am deeply honored to have been selected. I believe Northern has great faculty, great staff and fantastic students, and I look forward to being their president.”

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Higher Ed Investment Must Be Made Priority
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 (776 reads)

April 6, 2014/The Mining Journal

By Any Clickner

Each day, statewide, there are more than 65,000 jobs waiting to be filled by qualified applicants. To fully understand the magnitude of this problem, visit the state's employment website:

But Michigan's lingering challenges are not the result of a lack of jobs; they are the result of a lack of education and opportunity. This is why Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed funding hike for universities is a much-needed reinvestment in Michigan's future.

It is important to understand there is a direct relationship between state support of universities and affordable tuition. Today, about 80 percent of the cost of a public university degree comes from tuition, and only 20 percent from public funding.

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LSSU Hits South Hall Matching Gift Challenge Goal
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 (743 reads)

April 2, 2014/LSSU News

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – After being closed for nearly 10 years, Lake Superior State University’s South Hall is another step closer to opening its doors to students again. The LSSU Foundation announced this week it has met the goal for the “Bring it Home” funding challenge to help fund the $12 million project to refurbish the building.

As part of the South Hall Opportunity campaign (SoHO), the challenge was issued last December by an anonymous donor group to match all new gifts and pledges to the South Hall Renovation Project until April 1. Thanks to the generosity of many hundreds of alumni and LSSU friends, the Foundation has reached the goal established by the challenge. Many supporters stepped up in the closing days of the challenge to take advantage of the dollar-for-dollar match.

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New Investment in Higher Education will Expand Opportunity in Agriculture
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 (710 reads)

March 30, 2014/MLive

By Jim Byrum

Agriculture is a thriving business in Michigan. Our wide range of crops and commodities makes our state the second most diverse in the country. Our farms and agribusinesses support about one in four Michigan jobs and add $96 billion to the state’s economy.

At the same time, we face a long-term challenge to hire enough skilled workers to get the job done. Agriculture is highly technical and we need to ensure a highly-educated workforce for Michigan’s farms and agribusinesses – from agronomists and engineers, to accountants and logistics experts. That means investing today to train the leaders of tomorrow.

Governor Snyder kicked off this important conversation by including a balanced new investment in higher education as part of his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal.
This funding would be used to make college affordable for all Michiganders. It would help grow wages and income for more people, and attract more business to the state by expanding our educated workforce.

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The Value of a Four-Year Degree is Over an Entire Career
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 (801 reads)

March 28, 2014/Grand Rapids Business Journal

By Lou Glazer

The Grand Rapids Business Journal reported that Gov. Rick Snyder, at the economic summit he hosted in Grand Rapids, said: “Michigan education is “too often focused on a diploma or a degree, and not saying, ‘Are you career ready?’”

The Business Journal writes: In determining Michigan’s economic future, “probably the single most important issue is talent,” according to Snyder — specifically, technically skilled talent for Michigan manufacturing and agriculture. (Emphasis added.)

At about the same time, Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, said at the South by Southwest Technology Conference: “If all you care about is money, you should go to college. If all you care about is culture and creativity, you should go to college. If all you care about is having fun, you should go to college. Go to college. I can’t be any clearer.” (Emphasis added.)

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Pay for Roads and College Now, or Pay Later
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (705 reads)

March 25, 2014/Bridge Magazine

By Phil Power

Remember the oil filter ad from the 1970s, where the gruff, grease-stained car mechanic scowls at the camera and says, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later?”
That’s exactly what we are facing in Michigan. Only it’s been that way for a decade when it comes to dealing with the stuff – the fancy word is “infrastructure” – that will define much of our future: The condition of our roads and the quality of our young people’s minds.

Roads first. It’s been a long and terrible winter, and the thaw we’re seeing these days sure is welcome. But today’s thaw means tomorrow’s potholes. The harder the winter, the more and deeper the potholes. And the more expensive, especially when you discover that big thud you heard when you were driving home means a trip to the shop for a tire and a maybe a new wheel.

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Thank West Michigan colleges for Rosy Outlook on Youth Employment
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (693 reads)

March 25, 2014/MLive

By Thomas Haas

It’s a headline worth savoring: “Grand Rapids Ranks High Nationally in Employment for Young Adults, Study Shows” (MLive, March 14, 2014). But before we breathe a sigh of relief, some perspective is in order.

Unemployment is still too high and the workforce has lost ground overall. Yet, the job picture for young workers is the best in a decade, and this is very good news.

This did not happen by accident, or only because job providers are hiring again. Rather, it is the result of three distinct but complementary things:

• The creation of talented graduates by our area’s colleges and universities

• A rebounding economy, enabling area businesses to resume hiring

• A vibrant community in which to live, work, and play

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Tim Daman: Now is the Time to Invest in Higher Education
Monday, March 17, 2014 (741 reads)

March 15, 2014/Lansing State Journal

By Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Higher education is the best investment to ensure Michigan’s comeback can be sustained, and now is the time to start investing. Universities and colleges develop the skill set and sharpen the talent that is desperately needed for Michigan’s workforce.

This is precisely why Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed funding hike for universities is a much-needed investment in Michigan’s future.

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U-M Chief: Alumni Should Lobby for Snyder's Proposed Funding Hike
Monday, March 17, 2014 (728 reads)

March 14, 2014/Detroit News

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman is lobbying thousands of alumni to seek out their legislators and encourage them to support Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 6 percent funding increase for the state’s public universities next year.

“As you know, in the last two years, state support for the university has risen modestly, but this year, I am so encouraged to see the governor’s budget proposal with a substantial increase for higher education, the first major increase since I came to Michigan in 2002,” Coleman wrote in a letter emailed Wednesday night to 90,000 U-M alumni living in the state.

“The governor’s proposal of a 6 percent increase is incredibly significant, a move I think the whole country will be watching,” Coleman continued. “We have the chance here in Michigan to recapture national leadership with support of our public universities. The end result will be more affordable college costs for Michigan students, and more innovation for our state’s economy.”

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Michigan Business Group Says State Gains from Higher Ed Reinvestment
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (618 reads)

March 11, 2014/WKAR

Doug Rothwell, CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, a non-profit group comprised of the chairpersons and top executives of dozens of the state’s top job providers and universities, discusses the importance of higher ed funding.

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EMU President: Snyder Budget Invests in Higher Ed
Friday, March 07, 2014 (679 reads)

March 7, 2014/Detroit News

By Susan Martin

We are pleased to see recognition of the importance of reinvesting in higher education in the budget submitted by Gov. Rick Snyder. Increasing the level of state support for our 15 public universities, which provide Michigan with some of the best opportunities for higher education in the nation, has two important outcomes.

First, it directly helps students by keeping the cost of tuition down. This is an important point of pride here at Eastern Michigan, where we have held tuition increases to an average of 3 percent over the last five years, the lowest total in the state. An undergraduate student at Eastern pays only $43 per credit hour more today than he or she did in 2009.

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Presidents Council Hails Proposed Higher Ed Funding
Thursday, March 06, 2014 (661 reads)

March 5, 2014/Gongwer News Service

Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan praised to the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee on Wednesday the increase in state funding for higher education proposed in the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

"We applaud the governor for proposing a strategic investment in our higher education institutions," Mr. Boulus told committee members. "It represents a significant step in restoring higher ed funding to where they once were and getting us back to scale."

Mr. Boulus told the committee tuition costs have gone up because state support decreased. He said the average tuition rate in 2001 was $4,945 and has shot up to $8,277 in 2013. The state is 40th in per capita support for higher education, he said, and he would like to become a top 10 state.

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Michigan Among States That Shifted Cost of College onto Students, Report Shows
Monday, March 03, 2014 (688 reads)

March 03, 2014/MLive

By Brian Smith

Michigan ranks 40th in per-student state support for higher education,a new report from the Chronicle of Higher Education states.

LANSING -- In almost half the country, per-student state spending on higher education is less than the amount students are asked to pay, and Michigan is no exception, the Chronicle of Higher Education found.

Many states have shifted the burden of paying for higher education onto students since 2000, when 47 states contributed more per-student than enrollees paid. As of 2012, only 26 states still paid a larger share toward college spending than students.

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Michigan Tech AFROTC Named Tops in the Nation
Thursday, February 27, 2014 (738 reads)

February 26, 2014/Mich Tech News

Michigan Technological University’s AFROTC detachment has been named Team of the Year in an annual competition to determine the best AFROTC detachment in the nation. Tech’s detachment topped 145 AFROTC detachments and more than 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide.

“Michigan Tech’s Detachment 400 AFROTC team win reflects the dedication of prior and current AFROTC faculty,” said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Brothers, commander of Tech’s AFROTC and head of the Department of Aerospace Studies. “Plus the outstanding support we’ve received within the College of Science and Arts, by senior Michigan Tech personnel, and across the entire campus and community.”

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Snyder's Higher Education Funding Proposal 'Reverses Decade of Decline in Funding'
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (714 reads)

February 25, 2014/MLive

By David Eisler, president, Ferris State University

Governor Snyder has proposed increasing higher education funding by 6.1 percent, the largest increase in my eleven years as president of Ferris State University. This will reverse a decade of decline in funding for Michigan’s college students.

Today, about 80 percent of the cost of a public university degree in Michigan comes from tuition and just 20 percent from public funding. College graduates are essential to Michigan’s future – a fact Gov. Snyder recognizes. For a bright economic future, our state needs more college-educated professionals.

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Ferris President Applauds Governor’s Higher Education Budget Proposal
Thursday, February 06, 2014 (781 reads)

February 6, 2014/Ferris State University News

Gov. Rick Snyder released his proposal for the state’s fiscal year 2015 budget on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Included in the budget was a significant increase to higher education funding of 6.1 percent. In doing so, the governor stated his desire to reverse the decline in state funding for Michigan students.

“This is a very positive proposal from the governor. It raises higher education as a priority for our state, something on which there is common agreement. I applaud this action by the governor to provide much needed support for higher education,” said David Eisler, president of Ferris State University.

Under the governor’s proposed higher education budget, overall, average funding for public universities in Michigan would rise 6.1 percent. Ferris would gain about $3.5 million in operating funds on a current state appropriation of $45.6 million under the Gov. Snyder’s budget.

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Michigan Tech Student From China Brings Solar Power To His Home Village
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 (801 reads)

January 19, 2014/CBS News Detroit

By Matt Roush

HOUGHTON (WWJ) – As New Year’s traditions go, this one stinks.

Every Chinese New Year, the people in Zao Yuan, a rural village of about 2,000 people in China’s Shanxi Province, celebrate by watching TV and cooking food on electric appliances.

And every Chinese New Year, the local power grid can’t handle the load of everybody using everything at once — and so every Chinese New Year, there’s a blackout in Zao Yuan.

Yawei Wei is from Zao Yuan, but right now he’s studying for a master’s degree in power engineering at Michigan Technological University. And thanks to his studies, he got to wondering: How do we stop the New Year’s blackout back home?

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Higher Education Roundtable: University Presidents Say Funding Cuts Can’t Continue
Monday, January 06, 2014 (857 reads)

December 22, 2013/MiBiz

By Jane C. Simons

Politicians and economic developers in Michigan want to make sure that the state has an educated workforce, but the leaders of universities in West Michigan said they are not getting the financial support they need to make this a reality.

University presidents say the impact of this decrease in state funding is felt most acutely by students seeking advanced degrees to get ahead. Without financial support from the state, these leaders say it will become increasingly difficult for students and their families to pay the cost of a higher education without racking up a huge amount of debt.

Participating in the MiBiz higher education roundtable were:

John Dunn, president of Western Michigan University
Tom Haas, president of Grand Valley State University
Rick Pappas, president of Davenport University
Here are some highlights from the discussion.

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Professor Wins Title of Michigan Professor of the Year
Monday, December 30, 2013 (807 reads)

December 30, 2013/Grand Rapids Business Journal
By Mike Nichols 

A regional university is home to the Michigan Professor of the Year.

The annual U.S. Professor of the Year Program has named Western Michigan University’s Stephen Wolfinbarger, a professor of music who teaches trombone, the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year.

The award program, created in 1981 as a national incentive for people in higher education, partners with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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'We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education'
Monday, December 30, 2013 (785 reads)

December 26, 2013/The Atlantic

By Timothy Pratt

Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate. A proposal in Florida would let online courses forgo the usual higher-education accreditation process. A California legislator introduced a measure that would have substituted online courses for some of the brick-and-mortar kind at public universities.

Some campuses of the University of North Carolina system are mulling getting rid of history, political science, and various others of more than 20 “low productive” programs. The University of Southern Maine may drop physics. And governors in Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin have questioned whether taxpayers should continue subsidizing public universities for teaching the humanities.

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Report: Michigan's 15 public Universities Have $24B Economic Impact in State
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (883 reads)

December 10, 2013/Crain's Detroit Business

By Chad Halcom

Michigan’s public universities have a $24 billion economic impact on the state including $14.4 billion in direct spending and 71,000 full-time-equivalent jobs, according to a study by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group LLC.

The study, released today and commissioned by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, found the state’s 15 public universities in fiscal 2012 were responsible for $7 billion in payroll spending plus $3.1 billion in non-payroll goods and services, and their collective student body spent a combined $4.3 billion over the same period.

That includes about $4.7 billion in payroll and non-payroll spending for the five-county region of Southeast Michigan, which was home to just under 128,000 of Michigan’s 301,470 students in fall 2012, according to the Anderson report. Public universities in that region include Oakland University, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Universities Make a $23 billion Per Year Economic Impact on State
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (927 reads)

December 10, 2013/Detroit Free Press

By David Jesse

Michigan’s 15 public universities were responsible for more than $23 billion of spending in 2012, a new study found.

The study, which is being released today, found the universities generate billions of dollars in direct and indirect spending, making the universities a key economic driver in the state. The report was commissioned by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, a statewide association for public universities. The study was conducted by the Anderson Economic Group of East Lansing.

“This report shows our universities are important contributors to jobs and prosperity in our state,” said Glenn D. Mroz, president of Michigan Technological University and chairman of PCSUM. “Whether it’s the salaries earned by professors, our investment in new buildings needed to keep up with student demand, or the earnings of our graduates, it’s clear that public universities are vital to every one of Michigan’s 83 counties.”

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Cuts by Michigan Lawmakers, School Spending Blamed for Higher Tuition Costs
Monday, December 09, 2013 (745 reads)

December 8, 2013/Detroit Free Press

By David Jesse

Students at Michigan’s universities can blame state politicians for about 60% of the tuition increases they’ve experienced over the last 13 years, a new report by the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency finds.

The other 40% of the blame goes to universities for increasing their spending, according to the report authored by HFA Deputy Director Kyle Jen.

“We think this report validates the incredible work Michigan universities have done to hold down costs while ensuring Michigan has one of the top groups of public universities in the nation,” said Mike Boulus, the executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

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Study: Mich. Public Universities Rely on Tuition as State Aid Shrinks
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 (953 reads)

December 2, 2013/Detroit News

Charles E. Ramirez

Michigan’s public universities are becoming increasingly reliant on tuition for funding, with state aid accounting for less than a quarter of their general fund revenue, according to a state House Fiscal Agency report released Monday.

“If you look at it going backward, certainly state funding cuts have played at least a partial role in driving the level of tuition increases we’ve seen,” said Kyle Jen, the report’s author and deputy director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency. “But then going forward, the point we’re at is tuition dramatically outweighs state funding in terms of where universities get their operating funding.”

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SVSU Student Health Education Group Earns National Honor
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 (742 reads)

November 19, 2013/SVSU News

By JJ Boehm

Saginaw Valley State University's Peer Health Education group has received national praise for their work to encourage fellow students to make healthy decisions. The student-led group won an Outstanding BACCHUS Affiliate award Saturday, Nov. 16 at the BACCHUS General Assembly Conference in Reston, Va. 

SVSU’s Peer Health Education group promotes good decisions among students regarding alcohol, drugs, sex and other health-related topics; they were recognized as the best program for institutions with enrollment between 5,001 and 12,000 students. The award was given by The BACCHUS Network, a national group dedicated to college campus leadership.

"This is very exciting," said Sara Martinez, the group's adviser and assistant director of SVSU's Student Counseling Center. "As an adviser, I always knew they were good at what they did. To be recognized nationally solidifies what I knew." 

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GVSU Board OKs Expansion Of Health Campus
Monday, November 04, 2013 (992 reads)

November 3, 2013/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Grand Valley State University board Friday approved the purchase of 11 acres of land northeast of downtown Grand Rapids to expand the university’s health campus at the east end of Grand Rapids’ “Medical Mile.”

The board met in Detroit at its new Detroit Center near Comerica Park.

The university already owns four acres of property adjacent to its Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences at Michigan and Lafayette streets on the Medical Mile. This latest purchase, bordered by Hastings and Trowbridge streets and Clancy and College avenues, provides the university a total of 18 acres to expand health programs and accommodate the growing demand by both students and employers seeking well-trained health professionals.

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BLM - Charting Michigan's Comeback
Monday, November 04, 2013 (716 reads)

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) unveiled an advance preview of its economic benchmarking report at its 2013 CEO Summit, which shows Michigan is continuing to head in the right direction relative to most economic indicators including talent production and R&D.

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Tech Tour Day 10: WMU Broncos’ Tech Transfer, Research At Full Gallop
Thursday, October 31, 2013 (1164 reads)

October 27, 2013/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

KALAMAZOO (WWJ) – I’ll admit that by the end of most Tech Tours I’m usually pretty fried.

Nine or 10 days of sleeping in a different unfamiliar bed every night, eating road food, and driving darn near 2,000 miles will do that to you.

But it wasn’t a problem Friday, the 10th and final day of the 2013 Fall Tech Tour, thanks to a series of fascinating presentations at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. This onetime teacher college has evolved into a tech powerhouse in many scientific and engineering fields.

The day began bright and early with a 7:15 a.m. meeting (oh, all right, I made it by 7:20) at one of the best breakfast joints on the planet, Rykse’s on Stadium Drive. (Try the light breakfast sandwich — oatmeal bread, egg whites or Egg Beaters, ham and lowfat cheese. The Egg McMuffin has met its lower-fat match.)

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Tech Tour Day Eight: Ferris State Biotech Booming At The Edge Of The North Woods
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (851 reads)

October 23, 2013/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

BIG RAPIDS (WWJ) – Here at the southern edge of the Manistee National Forest is about as far south as you can be and still be Up North. When you look west from the top floor of the Holiday Inn, on the golf course owned by Ferris State University, all you see is trees (that this week were exploding in peak color).

Despite the rustic setting, you wouldn’t believe what they’re doing in the science labs at Ferris State — both educationally, turning out hundreds of scientists for Michigan’s biotech industry, and in terms of research, where among others I met a professor who’s trying to see if he can translate a 50 percent increase in fruit fly lifespan into something humans could benefit from.

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World Class Science In Mid-Michigan At CMU
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 (808 reads)

October 22, 2013/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

MT. PLEASANT (WWJ) – Like most of Michigan’s directional schools — you know, the ones with a direction as their first word — Central Michigan University started out over a century ago as a teacher’s college in the days of the one-room schoolhouse.

Boy howdy, have things changed. This sprawling campus that bumps up to mid-Michigan cornfields is constantly reinventing itself with advanced new buildings, and it’s home to truly world-class science and research.

Most of the people I met with were members or researchers for CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research, an effort by CMU to learn more about the four Great Lakes that surround Michigan.

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In The Spotlight: WMU Helps Michigan (Re)discover Multibillion-Dollar Mineral Resource
Monday, October 21, 2013 (750 reads)

October 20, 2013/CBS News Detroit

By Matt Roush

Rediscovery of a long-forgotten mineral deposit located under two West Michigan counties is set to spark a new multibillion industry in Michigan that will quickly position the state as the nation’s leading source for a critical agricultural tool that is in demand internationally.

Potash — potassium chloride — is an essential plant nutrient and critical ingredient in fertilizer. Currently mined in only three locations in the nation, supplies are dwindling and pricesskyrocketing. Now, one of the highest-quality potash ore deposits in the world has been identified below the surface of West Michigan.

The discovery was made by using the treasure trove of geologic data that is housed at Western Michigan University’s Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education. The result of the rediscovery, say geologists, will be the introduction of a new industry in Michigan worth as much as $65 billion, easily surpassing the state’s historical oil and gas production revenues and triggering explosive job growth in Osceola and Mecosta counties.

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Saginaw Valley Helps Build The Mid-Michigan, Thumb Tech Economy
Monday, October 21, 2013 (792 reads)

October 21, 2013/CBS News Detroit

By Matt Roush
UNIVERSITY CENTER (WWJ) – The phrase “hidden gem” is overused, and sometimes misused to describe things that are pretty much cubic zirconia.

But on Day Six of the 2013 Fall Tech Tour Monday, I found a real one in Saginaw Valley State University. Or maybe a reference to gold would be better, since Saginaw Valley is observing its 50th anniversary this year.

This school, a lovely oasis of golden hardwoods in the farm fields along with Bay-Saginaw county border, may not pump out a lot of spinoff businesses. But it’s intimately involved in fostering economic development in what’s now called the Great Lakes Bay Region in many ways.

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An Opening Bit Of Michigan Tech
Sunday, October 20, 2013 (751 reads)

October 20, 2013/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

HOUGHTON (WWJ) – One of the many things I love about the Tech Tour is that it gives me an excuse to visit Michigan’s magnificent Upper Peninsula in October.

Trees ablaze with color, a crisp nip to the air, the waters of Lake Superior a deep cobalt blue.

Well, usually. Friday it was more like gray sky, gray water, drizzle that threatens to turn into wet snow, and aside from a nice patch of crimson hardwoods around Munising, mousy tans with a few yellows on the trees. Must have been the weather this summer.

Good thing the amazing technology I saw Friday afternoon at Michigan Technological University made up for the trip Friday morning from St. Ignace.

The first official visit of the tour was with Yoke Khin Yap, a professor of physics, who is working on nanomaterials fabricated of carbon, boron and nitrogen.

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Partnership between Eastern Michigan University and Cooley Law School to Enable Students to Develop Skills Leading to Exciting Career Paths in High-Demand Fields
Monday, October 07, 2013 (747 reads)

October 04, 2013/Eastern Michigan University News

By Pamela Young

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School are establishing four joint degree programs that will blend key skills and training leading to highly successful careers. 

The joint program agreements were signed Oct. 4 at Eastern Michigan by Susan Martin, University president, and Don LeDuc, president of the law school.
The programs being launched in 2013 are:

J.D./master’s degree in human resource and organizational development (MSHROD).
J.D./master’s degree in educational leadership (MA EdLd).
J.D./master’s degree in health administration (MHA).
J.D./master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

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LSSU Receives $1.86 Million Grant to Strengthen Student-Factulty Connections
Thursday, October 03, 2013 (825 reads)

September 30, 2013/LSSU News

By Tom Pink

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University has received a $1.86 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program that will enhance faculty teaching and strengthen student advising. The LSSU grant is one of 39 issued throughout the country, and the only one awarded in Michigan.

LSSU President Tony McLain said the five-year grant will be used to establish a faculty center for teaching and learning that will enhance faculty instruction and advising through a variety of resources, including the establishment of a student learning commons in concert with LSSU’s already established Learning Center. The grant will allow the analysis of “momentum points” in a “student life span” that will help LSSU manage barriers to learning by modifying policies and procedures. 

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SVSU Nursing Program to Expand by 50 Percent
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (849 reads)

September 24, 2013/SVSU News

The Michigan Board of Nursing recently approved Saginaw Valley State University’s application to increase opportunities for qualified nursing students. Starting with the 2014-15 academic year, SVSU will be able to admit up to 96 students into its nursing program each semester, up from the current limit of 64. 

“Our partners are telling us they need more nurses who have completed bachelor’s degrees. That’s why we did this,” said Judy Ruland, dean of SVSU’s College of Health and Human Services.

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Worried About High Cost of College? GVSU President has Advice for Students, Lawmakers
Thursday, September 05, 2013 (826 reads)

September 05, 2013/MLive

By Thomas Haas

Two weeks ago President Obama highlighted his concerns about the high cost of college. His remarks resonated. How do I know this? Because we deal with students and families every day, working to build trust and provide financial aid to help them with the expenses of college attendance.

The President has proposed that colleges with high costs and with low graduation rates be disqualified from federal student aid programs; he has further called on the states to stop cutting taxpayer support to universities. For years, states have cut appropriations, colleges have raised tuition, and students have borrowed to pay the bill. It is imbalanced. This must stop. And it is unsustainable.

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Sagging State Funding Jacks up College Tuition
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 (1388 reads)

September 3, 2013/USA Today

Public universities continue to suffer from cuts by their own states. The cuts are seen as the primary driver of tuition inflation. Between 2007-2012, 15 states, including Michigan, faced declines in higher-ed funding of nearly 30% or more, according to the 2013 SHEEO report. 

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On the Rising Cost of College
Thursday, August 29, 2013 (297 reads)

Executive Director Michael Boulus responds to concerns President Barack Obama and others have about the affordability of college education. This press release appeared August 27 in the Detroit News eEdition.
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Report: Long-term Education Investments Lead to Higher Wages
Friday, August 23, 2013 (876 reads)

August 22, 2013/The Washington Post

by Reid Wilson

Legislators looking for the best returns on budget investments should focus their efforts on education spending, which in turn leads to higher productivity and higher wages, according to a new report released Thursday morning.

The report, composed for the Economic Analysis and Research Network at the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal-leaning think tank, shows a strong correlation between a well-educated workforce, higher productivity and higher wages. States where higher percentages of the workforce have attained bachelor’s degrees, like Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey, have much higher average hourly wages than states with fewer college graduates, like Nevada, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, the study shows.

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MTU Prof’s 3D Graphene May Replace Pricey Platinum In Solar Cells
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (807 reads)

August 20, 2013/CBS News Detroit

By Marcia Goodrich

HOUGHTON – One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. A scientist at Michigan Technological University may have overcome one of them.

Dye-sensitized solar cells are thin, flexible, easy to make and very good at turning sunshine into electricity. However, a key ingredient is one of the most expensive metals on the planet: platinum. While only small amounts are needed, at $1,500 an ounce, the cost of the silvery metal is still significant.

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MSU Student Team Places Second In Nation At 2013 Texas Instruments Design Contes
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 (863 reads)

August 6, 2013/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

EAST LANSING (WWJ) – What does an electrocardiogram signal of your heart sound like?

A student team of Michigan State University electrical engineers just made it easy to find out, helping them near the top of a national design contest in the process.

The MSU design of a portable Electrocardiogram Demonstration Board placed second in the Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest, held in Dallas in July.

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Time to Reset Relationship with Michigan's Universities
Thursday, July 11, 2013 (766 reads)

July 11, 2013/Detroit News

by Michael Boulus

As a college degree increasingly becomes the entry point to the knowledge-based economy and the middle class, it’s time for Michigan to reset its relationship with its highly regarded public universities.

Over the last decade, the state has chosen to reduce its investment in higher education — even as more and more students have come to recognize a college degree is vital to their future. Now that the state is seeing an economic rebound, it should consider supporting those students, who are the key to Michigan’s future prosperity, and increase funding for universities. Michigan’s universities have already been making important strides in holding down the cost of providing an education. A recently issued federal report found that when you look at net tuition — tuition minus scholarship aid from 2009-10 to 2010-11 — the net price at Michigan’s public universities dropped by 1.9 percent. Michigan is one of only nine states with a decline.

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Michigan Colleges More Affordable Than Others, National Study Finds
Monday, July 08, 2013 (1064 reads)

July 7, 2013/Detroit Free Press


Michigan’s public universities are sure to love this ranking system: a federal Department of Education list shows the state’s universities aren’t squeezing students’ wallets as much as other schools across the nation.


The rankings, found through the government’s College Affordability and Transparency Center, rate every institution in the nation on tuition cost and net price. This is the third year for the report.

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Resetting the Relationship Between States and Public Higher Education
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 (906 reads)

07/02/2013/Huff Post Politics

By Daniel Hurley

Many factors drive states' economies and are vital to ensuring future prosperity. No asset, however, is more powerful than that of a well-educated and highly-skilled workforce. Human talent trumps everything else: climate, culture, and yes, tax rates.

Public two- and four-year universities are the dominant engines that power the American workforce. These institutions are the gateways through which pass our next generation of workers, our future middle class, and active participants in a vibrant democracy. Yet we are all too familiar with much of the narrative in higher education as of late: increasing tuition prices driven by decreasing state investment in public higher education, and with it, spiraling student debt.

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Rick Haglund: Universities Should Offer More Than Degree Programs That Simply Fit Today's Job Market
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (1028 reads)

June 17, 2013/Mlive


By Rick Haglund


Universities are coming under fire for offering degree programs in which graduates have little likelihood of finding good-paying jobs, or finding jobs at all.


Forbes magazine and others have recently published lists of the least valuable college majors that include anthropology, fine arts, philosophy and religious studies and music.


There has been some talk in Lansing that Michigan universities should dump some of these programs and if they don’t, the Legislature should threaten to withhold funding from them.

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CMU Business Students World Champs In ERP Competition
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (969 reads)

June 17, 2013/CBS News Detroit


By Matt Roush


MT. PLEASANT (WWJ) – Four SAP business management software students from the Central Michigan University College of Business Administration are world champions after winning the fifth annual International ERPsim Competition last week.


CMU’s team competed against teams from 156 universities from around the world to qualify for the final round. Ten teams from universities such as Colorado State University, Purdue University and Universitas Islam Indonesia competed virtually from their campuses.


CMU team members Ashley Hall of Taylor, Ryan Vanneste of Washington Township, Jeremiah Primeau of Auburn and Nicole Ladouceur of Escanaba won CMU’s first annual ERPsim Invitational competition on campus this spring. Consumers Energy sponsored the team at CMU’s competition.

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Grand Valley STEM Graduates Help Drive Economy
Thursday, June 13, 2013 (929 reads)

June 12, 2013/CBS News Detroit


By Matt Roush


GRAND RAPIDS — Grandville native Jake Hall never changed his major while in college. He knew he wanted to pursue an engineering career since his first year of high school.


He works full-time as a product design engineer and product manager for Viable Inc. in Grandville. Hall will graduate in August from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in product design and manufacturing engineering, and a minor in biomedical engineering.


Hall is among the 700 students annually who earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field from Grand Valley, representing roughly 13 percent of all degrees granted.

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Rick Haglund: College Affordability Pays Off in Unexpected Ways (Listen Up, State Government)
Monday, June 03, 2013 (940 reads)

June 02, 2013/Mlive

By Rick Haglund 

Higher education has few friends in state government.

Appropriations to the state’s 15 public universities were cut annually for a decade, although they received a slight increase this year.

While providing less financial support, lawmakers have not hesitated to meddle in the affairs of universities that are granted autonomy under the state constitution.

Legislatures and governors around the country are even questioning the value of large, public research universities, which produce about 70 percent of the nation’s engineers, scientists and physicians.

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Michigan University-Business Network Sparks Medical Research
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (1008 reads)

May 27, 2013/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

Plymouth — Tucked inside an incubator lab here, a startup company has developed technology aimed at helping researchers discover better treatments for cancer, and eventually offering patients a less-invasive alternative to a biopsy.

The device, created by DeNovo Sciences Inc., uses blood drawn from a patient to identify rare blood cells with information about the cancer.

The technology has since found its way into a clinical setting at Karmanos Cancer Institute. There, a Wayne State University researcher has started experiments using the device with blood from cancer patients to help DeNovo improve the product.

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Guest commentary: Keep World-Class Standards for Michigan Learners
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 (954 reads)

May 21, 2013/Bridge Magazine

By Doug Rothwell/Business Leaders for Michigan

This year, Michigan public schools began using the kind of high-quality content standards that our kids need to be competitive in the 21st century. Used by 45 states, the Common Core State Standards specify what students should be able to know and do at every grade level in reading and math, so they can be ready to advance when they graduate no matter whether they enter the workforce or continue their education.

We all want our children to succeed and for our state to flourish. The fact is that good paying jobs are increasingly requiring more education and the jobs will go where educated workers can be found. Michigan needs the Common Core. The standards have been carefully researched and developed to ensure their rigor and relevance in a 21st-century knowledge economy. After decades of shrinking incomes and population, Michigan is starting to rebound. To make our recovery permanent, we need to make sure our children have the knowledge and skills employers need.

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Eastern Michigan's Autism Collaborative Center Offers New, Real Time Technology to Bring Needed Services to Michiganders
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (1026 reads)

May 14, 2013/EMU News

By Pamela Young

YPSILANTI – Children with autism often have a difficult time being properly diagnosed or receiving crucial individualized therapy that they need. Those problems are compounded for families who can't access professional therapy because they live in underserved areas or are disadvantaged.

New technology at Eastern Michigan University is now changing all that. Telehealth, a live stream video program at EMU's Autism Collaborative Center (ACC), can bring needed services to Michigan families and professional development for health care specialists wherever they live in the state.

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Michigan Tech's Peace Corps Program Ranked Number 1 in the Nation
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 (959 reads)

May 7, 2013/Michigan Tech News

By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Technological University ranks as the top Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) university nationwide for the eighth consecutive year. With 35 PCMI graduate students currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, Michigan Tech has earned the top spot in the 2013 rankings of PCMI and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.  Tulane University placed second.

The PCMI program enables graduate students to incorporate Peace Corps service for credit as part of their master’s degree curriculum. The Coverdell Fellows program provides returned Peace Corps volunteers with scholarships, internships in underserved American communities and stipends to help them earn an advanced degree after they complete their Peace Corps service.

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Oakland University Expands Its Reach
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (980 reads)

April 29, 2013/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

Rochester — Oakland University was once a bucolic place that began with two buildings in the middle of Oakland County.

More than 50 years later, the university has grown up, with students flocking to the campus, program offerings exploding and buildings sprouting everywhere.

But OU has yet to come of age, say officials, who contend the school's evolution puts it on the cusp of becoming a major player in Michigan's higher education scene.

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Where Do We Go From Here?
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (875 reads)

April 12, 2013/Grand Rapids Business Journal

By Lou Glazer 

We started our work at Michigan Future with the question: “Where do we want to go from here?” Our answer: a high-prosperity Michigan.

We believe the goal should be to create an economy with lots of good-paying jobs, a place with a broad middle class where there is a realistic chance for families to realize the American Dream. Many areas across the country have lower unemployment, but they also have low incomes. That isn’t success to us.

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University Accountability: Why Not Let the Public Track Performance?
Thursday, April 11, 2013 (887 reads)

March 18, 2013/The Guardian

By Doug Rothwell

Universities hold the keys to economic vitality, says Doug Rothwell, and Michigan is shining a light on exactly how

In today's knowledge economy, there is growing recognition that colleges and universities are powerful stimulants of economic growth. The talent, research and development, and economic activity they produce are valuable public goods worthy of both private and public investment.

The obvious question, however, is this: how can colleges and universities show they are delivering healthy investment returns? We think we have the beginnings of an answer: Michigan's performance tracker for public universities.

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New Career Services Consultant to Rev up Efforts in Matching Wayne State Engineering and Computer Science Students, Graduates with Job Openings
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (826 reads)

April 3, 2013/Wayne State University News

Career services consultant Carmen Gamlin is passionate about helping Warriors launch their careers. Working with the Wayne State University College of Engineering and the WSU Career Services Office, her goal is to connect talented students, graduates and employers. 

The Detroit native, who joined Wayne State in March, will do so by providing greater support to student organizations, enhancing networking efforts with industry, integrating social media within the job search, hosting events and providing useful career resources

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Grand Valley Among Nation’s Top Schools For Sustainable Practices
Friday, March 22, 2013 (931 reads)

March 21, 2013/CBS News Detroit

By Matt Roush

ALLENDALE – Grand Valley State University became the only university in the state and one of 45 in the country to receive gold status after completing a sustainability program developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System is designed to help gauge the progress of colleges and universities toward sustainability in all sectors. Grand Valley joins universities such as Arizona State, Stanford and Cornell as a gold STARS institution. Of the 241 schools that received a ranking nationwide, Grand Valley’s average score was higher than the national score. The assessment included 1,000 questions and compared campus operations from 2005-2012. STARS includes four categories: education and research, operations, innovation and planning, and administration and engagement.

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Study: Michigan Will Need More College Graduates to Remedy Skills Shortage
Friday, March 22, 2013 (886 reads)

March 21, 2013/Crains Detroit Business

By Chris Gautz
Without a change in direction, the study contends, Michigan could wind up with too many residents needing low-paying and low-skilled work and not enough ready for employment in higher-paying and higher-skilled work.

The study cites a report from the Lumina Foundation that says by 2025 Michigan will have to produce 900,000 more college graduates than currently projected. The state's demographics are not making that any easier, because Michigan's residents are getting older and population growth is slowing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state will have about 100,000 fewer 18- to 24-year-olds in 2025.

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Researchers Invited to Learn Essentials of Entrepreneurship
Thursday, March 21, 2013 (877 reads)

March 20, 2013/Michigan Tech News

By Jennifer Donovan

In an effort to help researchers fast-track their technologies to the marketplace, Michigan is launching a new entrepreneurial training program called Michigan I-Corps.  Applications for the program, administered by the University of Michigan, opened last week.

Michigan I-Corps is modeled after the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps (Innovation Corps) program. Two Michigan Tech teams have participated in the national I-Corps. Earlier this month a team led by Ezra Bar Ziv, a professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, was selected as the top team among the 24 participating teams from universities throughout the nation. The first NSF I-Corps team from Michigan Tech was led by Physics Professor Yoke Khin Yap.

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Report: Michigan universities Have Experienced More Severe Funding Cuts Than Those in Other States
Thursday, March 21, 2013 (1561 reads)

March 21, 2013/Bridge Magazine

By Ron French

Michigan’s premier public universities have no problem attracting students, but they’re having a harder time appealing to legislators.

And while decreases in state funding are common across the country today, the percentage of cuts in Michigan is higher than in most states.

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Computer Science Alum Solves Problems, Builds WSU Web Presence
Friday, March 15, 2013 (869 reads)

March 15, 2013/CBS News Detroit

DETROIT — Wayne State University computer science alumnus Nick DeNardis is quickly becoming a nationally renowned expert on institutional Web presence in higher education. Fortunately for WSU, he opted to stay and lead online communication efforts at his alma mater.

DeNardis began working as a student assistant for WSU Marketing and Communications his sophomore year. He was hired as a full-time developer his junior year and was promoted to associate director of Web communications in 2007. anyone who has set foot on Wayne State’s campus or interacted with the university online has likely experienced DeNardis’ work.

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Ahlborn Named Woman of the Year by Transportation Group
Monday, March 11, 2013 (887 reads)

March 11, 2013/Michigan Tech News

By Marcia Goodrich

Tess Ahlborn has been named Woman of the Year by the Michigan chapter of WTS, an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation.

Ahlborn, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Technological University, will be accepting the award and giving the keynote speech at the awards ceremony, set for March 14 in Hartland.

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Mary Sue Coleman to State Lawmakers: Invest in Higher Ed Because Michigan Cannot Afford an Undereducated Workforce
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 (938 reads)

Feb 26, 2013/

By Kellie Woodhouse

It's that time of year again: The time when lawmakers in Lansing ruminate over how much state funding to award Michigan's 15 public universities. 

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman spoke before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Tuesday morning to advocate for her school's share of state appropriations.

Gov. Rick Synder suggested a 2 percent funding increase for universities in his fiscal 2013-14 budget proposal and suggested that money be tied to the same formula used last year, which evaluates universities based on graduation rate improvements, critical degrees, the number of Pell Grant recipients enrolled and tuition restraint. 

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MSU Study Indicates Link Between Autism, Larger Brain Ventricles
Monday, February 25, 2013 (1169 reads)

February 25, 2013/Detroit News


By Kim Kozlowski


Low birth weight babies with a certain brain abnormality are seven times more likely to develop autism, according to research announced Monday by Michigan State University.

The findings, culled from a 25-year study of low birth weight infants who received cranial ultrasounds, showed the heightened autism risk occurred among babies with enlarged ventricles — the brain cavities that store spinal fluid — and may indicate the loss of a type of brain tissue known as white matter.

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Facts You Might Not Know About Michigan’s 15 Public Universities
Monday, February 18, 2013 (1026 reads)

February 14, 2013/Bridge Magazine

By Chris Andrews

You probably didn’t know this about Michigan’s public universities:
* The University of Michigan’s 90 percent graduation rate is 22 percentage points higher than the average at peer institutions.
* Michigan State University’s 126-1 student-to-administrative staff ratio is nearly twice as high as peer institutions.
* Central Michigan University’s state aid of $3,699 per student is just slightly more than half of its peer average.
* Thirteen of Michigan’s 15 public universities are above their peer median in producing degrees in critical skill areas, but 13 of the 15 are below their peer average in state support.

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Wayne State Gets 10-Year, $165.9M Renewal Of Problem Pregnancy Research
Friday, February 15, 2013 (916 reads)

February 14, 2013/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

DETROIT — Wayne State University will spend another 10 years conducting federally funded research into problem pregnancies under a $165.9 million contract renewal announced Thursday night.
Wayne State said the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Wayne State a second 10-year contract to continue housing the institute’s Perinatology Research Branch.

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Grand Valley State University Provost Gayle Davis: College Degree 'Most Important Investment' Students, Parents Can Make
Monday, February 11, 2013 (1012 reads)

February 11, 2013/

Guest Column by Gayle Davis 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The need for more people to complete college degrees as a means to create needed talent for Michigan’s future is being discussed widely across the spectrum of employers and government. 

The conversation is controversial for some, as they consider the rising cost of attending college and conclude that a college degree may not be the good personal investment it once was.

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University Research Corridor a Worthy Investment
Monday, February 04, 2013 (924 reads)

February 4, 2013/Detroit News

By Lou Anna K. Simon, Mary Sue Coleman and Allan Gilmour
At a time when Michigan's leaders are working hard to guarantee they're getting the best return on the public's tax dollars, a recent study shows that Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) is a good place to invest.
For every dollar the state invested in the three URC universities — Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — it saw $17 in economic benefits in fiscal year 2010-11, according to the report by Anderson Economic Group in East Lansing. That added up to $15.5 billion in economic impact statewide

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SVSU Moot Court Team Among Best in the Country
Thursday, January 24, 2013 (1054 reads)

January 22, 2013/SVSU News

Two Saginaw Valley State University students proved themselves among the best undergraduates in the nation when it comes to arguing legal issues, advancing to the second day of the national moot court competition held in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19.  

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Michigan Research Corridor Generates Jobs and $15.5B in Economic Impact, Study Finds
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (952 reads)

January 23, 2013/Detroit Free Press  

By David Jesse

Michigan's University Research Corridor generated more than $15.5 billion in economic impact across the state in 2011 and was responsible for more than 74,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to a report to be issued today.

The report said the growth in research spending in Michigan is outpacing such fabled university clusters such as North Carolina's Triangle Park, California's Innovation Hubs and Boston's Route 128 Corridor.

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State Fails Higher Education Test
Monday, January 21, 2013 (927 reads)

January 21, 2013/Detroit News

By Daniel Howes

The charts are sobering.

There, in stark type, stands a picture of Michigan that doesn't bode well for a state trying to break from the dysfunction of its past and embrace the promise of a growing, better-educated 21st-century future.

Between 2002 and 2012, state spending per student on higher education declined by 35 percent even as public spending per prisoner increased 42 percent, Business Leaders for Michigan said Monday. In 2002, Michigan spent $2 billion on higher ed and $1.7 billion on prisons. A decade later, the state spent $1.3 billion on public colleges and universities and $2 billion on prisons.

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Putting College in Reach for Michigan Foster Children
Thursday, January 17, 2013 (918 reads)

January 17, 2013

By Chris Andrews/Bridge Magazine contributor


Young people who spend years in foster care, as she did, are unlikely to make it to college, let alone graduate. Jenks bounced from home to home, peninsula to peninsula, school to school, and relative to stranger. At one point, she thought a likely career option was stripper.

But she’s succeeding at Western, thanks to perhaps the most comprehensive program to support foster children in college in the nation. She expects to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work and ultimately get a PhD.

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Doug Rothwell: Three Resolutions for an Improving Michigan
Monday, January 14, 2013 (949 reads)

January 13, 2013/Detroit Free Press


By Doug Rothwell


January represents a time of resolve and optimism. It's a time to resolve to break bad habits, accomplish new goals, and change things for the better.


This year also brings an opportunity to renew how we look at our state. Big steps have been taken the last few years to revitalize and rebuild Michigan. We have broken many of the bad habits that led to Michigan's economic challenges by balancing our budgets and stopping the use of accounting gimmicks.

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SVSU Festival to Bring in Visitors by the Thousands
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (943 reads)

Jan 08, 2013/WNEM.Com

By Wesley Goheen
Saginaw Valley State University is welcoming 1,200 college students from across five states Tuesday as part of the Kennedy Center American College festival. 

Aspiring playwrights and performers have the chance to advance to the national festival, April 15-21, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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GVSU Internships, Other Field Placements up 40 percent, Says President
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (946 reads)

January 08, 2013/MLive

By Thomas J. Haas

For years, we’ve known that Michigan employers place a high value on internship and experiential learning. A recent survey of our state’s top companies shows that field experience may be among the best qualifications a prospective employee can bring to a job interview. At Grand Valley State University, we’ve helped more of our students to be ready for that important day; since 2005, field placements have grown by nearly 40 percent.

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Detroit Economic Club's 2013 Michigan Economic Outlook: Retaining Talent, Improving Higher Ed Key to State's Success
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 (940 reads)

January 8, 2013/Mlive

By David Muller 

DETROIT, MI - Higher education was noted several times as key to developing a skilled and talented workforce in Michigan going forward at the Detroit Economic Club's 2013 Michigan Economic Outlook luncheon Tuesday. 

Speakers Mike Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Charles Ballard, a professor of economics at Michigan State University, stressed higher education as vital to building a strong economy in the state.

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Michigan Economic Outlook Reveals Accomplishments, Challenges
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 (962 reads)

January 8, 2013

By Matt Roush/CBS Detroit

ANN ARBOR — Michigan has plenty of room for new economic initiatives and leadership, according the results of the recently completed first annual Michigan Economic Outlook 2012 whose results were unveiled at the Economic Club of Detroit.
Conducted Nov. 12 to Dec. 7 by Baker Strategy Group and CFI Group of Ann Arbor, the survey had nearly 3,000 responses from 70 business, government and nonprofit organizations. Of the respondents, 87 percent or 2,611 are employed either full time or part-time and can be grouped in three sectors: business 60 percent, nonprofits 15 percent, and public 25 percent.

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Eastern Michigan Partnership Offers Leading Software Tools for Michigan Students, Teachers to Access Real-World, Problem-Based Learning Activities
Friday, December 21, 2012 (961 reads)

December 10, 2012/Eastern Michigan University News

by Pamela Young

YPSILANTI, MICH. - An exciting collaboration, that benefits ALL K-12 students, teachers and school administrators in the State of Michigan, provides a complete suite of geographic information systems (GIS) FREE  to K-12 schools.

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Chevy, Michigan Tech Reveal Cycle for Wounded Veterans
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (1074 reads)

December 9, 2012/GM News


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of Saturday's 113th Army-Navy Game, Chevrolet and students from Michigan Technological University revealed a new hand cycle designed to make it easier for wounded veterans to compete in racing events, including marathons.

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$1.28B: University of Michigan Top U.S. Public College in Research Spending
Thursday, November 29, 2012 (1070 reads)

November 27, 2012/Ann


By Kellie Woodhouse


The Ann Arbor school spent $1.28 billion on research during the 2010-11 fiscal year, up 8 percent from the previous year, according to the NSF.


Because NSF and U-M use different accounting standards, their tallies for research spending vary slightly. U-M reported a $1.24 billion research enterprise in 2011- lower than that reported by the NSF.

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SVSU Students Continue Model U.N. Success
Monday, November 26, 2012 (1114 reads)

November 26, 2012/SVSU News

Saginaw Valley State University is quickly gaining a reputation for success in the Model United Nations community, as two SVSU teams took top honors at the 2012 American Model U.N. Conference in Chicago Nov. 14-17. More than 1,500 students from 85 separate colleges and universities competed in the event. 

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Grand Valley’s Water Institute Gets Grant To Restore Parts Of Muskegon River
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (1024 reads)

November 20, 2012/CBS Detroit 

By Matt Roush

MUSKEGON — Researchers at Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water ResourcesInstitute have been awarded a grant for about $85,000 by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to help restore portions of the Muskegon River watershed.

The grant, given to AWRI as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, will allow AWRI researchers to create stewardship plans for sensitive areas included in a larger watershed restoration effort.

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UM Startups Amaze As Tech Tour Continues
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (1085 reads)

November 11, 2012/CBS News Detroit

By Matt Roush

ANN ARBOR — It’s like drinking from the proverbial fire hose.

When I’m on my Fall Tech Tour around Michigan and I ask university tech transfer officials to see their four or five coolest “science projects” that have economic development potential, they always say they have so many it’s a tough choice.

But try to imagine the tough choices faced by the University of Michigan, which has a research budget of a staggering $1.2 billion-plus a year, consistently among the top five in the nation. How the heck do you pick?

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MSU: Spartans Shine To Wrap Up Tech Tour ’12
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 (1085 reads)

October 21, 2012/CBS Detroit

EAST LANSING — It’s a world-class research university, America’s pioneering land grant college, the first place on the planet to study agriculture scientifically, and just passed a little-known school called MIT for No. 1 in graduate studies of particle physics.

So while it may be a rebuilding year at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoons, Michigan State University is and always will be a must-visit as long as there are Great Lakes Innovation and Techology Report Fall Tech Tours.

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Tech Tour Day Eight: Western’s Got Wings!
Friday, October 19, 2012 (1043 reads)

October 19, 2012/CBS Detroit


By Matt Rousch

KALAMAZOO — Okay, let’s start with full disclosure: My son, brother and two nephews went to Western Michigan University. So it’s hard for me to be entirely objective about the home of the Broncos.


But heck, even a Central Michigan Chippewa would be impressed by what I saw Thursday as the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s 2012 Fall Tech Tour stopped in southwest Michigan.

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Tech Tour Day Seven: Grand Tech At Grand Valley
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (1116 reads)

October 17, 2012/CBS News Detroit


By  Matt Rousch


GRAND RAPIDS — And the 2012 Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report Tech Tour winner for packing the most information into a 3 1/2-hour visit is…


Well, the Tech Tour still has two more stops, but it’s going to be hard to beat what I saw at Grand Valley State University’s Grand Rapids campus Wednesday morning.


The topics ran the gamut at this fast-growing state university, one of several state schools created in 1964, from the health of the Great Lakes and its fisheries to wind energy to app development to the incubation of some really interesting businesses.


Heck, they’re even keeping bees — for science.


My visit began with Richard Rediske, professor of water resources at Grand Valley’s Annis Water Resource Center in Muskegon.

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Tech Tour Day Six: Ferris Tech Fantastic
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (1054 reads)

October 16, 2012/CBS News Detroit


By:  Matt Rousch


BIG RAPIDS — We’re a long way from the log cabins in which Ferris State University founder Woodbridge N. Ferris was born, way back in 1853.


But the university he and his wife Helen founded as the Big Rapids Industrial School in 1884 hasn’t really strayed all that far from its roots.


It’s still a place where you go to learn the science behind trades, from welding to plastic molding to rubber making to heating systems to construction.


But it’s also stayed with the times in fields like robotics and green technologies.

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SVSU Receives Grant to Improve College Success of Foster Children
Monday, October 15, 2012 (1060 reads)

October 15, 2012/SVSU News


Saginaw Valley State University has received a multi-year grant from the State of Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services to aid former foster children who are currently enrolled at SVSU.


The $310,344 grant allows SVSU to provide support services over three years to eligible students who were part of the foster care system.

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Tech Tour Day Two: Solar Power, Star Trek Replicators, New Drugs At Michigan Tech
Sunday, October 14, 2012 (976 reads)

October 14, 2012


By Matt Rousch


HOUGHTON — Solar power, Star Trek replicators, new antiviral drugs, more green energy, and a research showplace for the Great Lakes.


Yep, just another day at Michigan Technological University Friday as the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report 2012 Fall Tech Tour got into full swing.


The visit started with Joshua Pearce, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, a passionate advocate and researcher in both advanced solar energy and so-called 3D printing.

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It’s Never Too Early to Start College
Monday, September 10, 2012 (1125 reads)

September 4, 2012/Bridge Magazine
Perhaps no stage of American public education is as freighted with tradition and collective memory as high school. Which is not exactly why David Dugger is tinkering with it, but it’s one reason.

“Our big failing as a public school system is not believing that high school kids are capable of higher-level academic work. In other countries, students are doing much higher-level work in high school,” said Dugger, director of the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University, an effort to rethink the last years of public education in Michigan, at least for some students.

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New Venture Business Training Class Free for Veterans at EMU Livonia
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (1167 reads)

August 28, 2012/CBS Detroit

DETROIT — The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center and Eastern Michigan University said Monday they will offer a free New Venture program to veteran entrepreneurs starting Saturday, Oct. 13 at the EMU Livonia campus.

The New Venture class normally costs $700 per participant, but costs are being covered for veterans through a federal stimulus grant to Michigan State University.

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Commentary: Oakland University is Helping Students Focus on the Finish Line
Monday, August 27, 2012 (1118 reads)

August 27, 2012/The Detroit News

By Gary Russi

It is well documented that obtaining a college degree is a critical investment for most people looking to succeed in life. On average, college graduates earn at least $30,000 more per year than high school graduates, and the return on investment is even higher for advanced degree holders.

None of this matters, however, if and when a student is unable to complete his or her college education.

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The Good of Inefficient Universities
Monday, July 30, 2012 (1199 reads)

July 30, 2012/Michigan Future, Inc.

Higher education is being assaulted across the country, not just here in Michigan. We have been – to our detriment – cutting higher education funding longer and more than others. But now there is a nationwide campaign to question the value of higher education and particularly to attack public higher education. One part of that attack is that it is inefficient, not run like a business.

A recent Slate article is terrific in  making the case that we don’t want our universities run like a business. That the so-called inefficiencies are at the core of what makes our universities so valuable. Before we get to the purported academic inefficiencies that the article is about I want to deal with financial management issues.

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UM Fine-Tunes Cardiac Ablation For Better Results Against Arrhytmia
Friday, July 27, 2012 (1046 reads)

July 26, 2012/CBS Detroit

ANN ARBOR — University of Michigan heart researchers are shedding light on a safer method for steadying an abnormal heart rhythm that prevents collateral damage to healthy cells.

Irregular heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, set the stage for a common, debilitating disorder called atrial fibrillation that puts adults as young as age 40 at risk for fatigue, fainting, cardiac arrest, and even death. Medications can help, but doctors also use catheter ablation, in which electrical impulses are delivered to a region of the heart to disrupt the arrhythmia.

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Grand Valley Students Build Jeep For Disabled Girl
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (1065 reads)

July 24, 2012/CBS Detroit

By Matt Roush

GRAND RAPIDS — When Grand Valley State University engineering students Phil DeJonge and Jake Hall enrolled in their product design class last fall, they didn’t expect to help change the life of 2-year-old Madison Riemersma. Madison has spina bifida, a condition that causes loss of function and sensation in the lower half of the body.

Lisa Kenyon, assistant professor of physical therapy, had been working with Madison and her family and asked students in Grand Valley’s School of Engineering to help.

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Making the Case for Research Universities
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (1051 reads)

July 19, 2012/Michigan Future, Inc.


Jim Duderstadt, President Emeritus of the University of Michigan, sent me the other day information on a report just released by the Committee on Research Universities of the National Research Council. Duderstadt is a member of the committee. The report and accompanying video are worth checking out. They can be found here.

As you know, Michigan Future has long believed that the state’s public higher education system – and particularly its research universities – are Michigan’s most valuable assets to the state’s future economic success. (I recently made that case again in a Detroit News op ed.)

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A New Business Model for the University of Michigan
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 (977 reads)

July 16, 2012/Holland Sentinel

By Phil Power

When it comes to college presidents, Mary Sue Coleman is a rock star. Since she took over as the University of Michigan’s 13th chief in 2002, she has been on a tear, successfully guiding the school to ever-increasing stature through very difficult times.

U-M has risen in reputation to No. 18 in the entire world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. At the same time, the budget of the Ann Arbor campus has risen to $5.8 billion and its endowment to $7.8 billion — second highest of any public university in the nation. But right now, Michigan’s soft-spoken leader is worried, very worried.

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Public Universities Under Attack
Friday, July 13, 2012 (1087 reads)

July 10, 2012/Holland Sentinel

Ann Arbor — There’s little doubt that our universities are among Michigan’s most valuable and important assets. But real alarm about public higher education is spreading throughout the country — and threatening profound consequences for our state and it colleges.
Take the case of Teresa Sullivan, a former provost at the University of Michigan and now president of the University of Virginia. On June 10, with no advance warning, she was forced to resign by the university’s board, which said she wasn’t making changes fast enough. The campus erupted in anger, and under pressure from the governor, Sullivan was quickly reinstated.

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Michigan Tech, Central Michigan U Partner to Offer Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Thursday, July 12, 2012 (974 reads)

July 12, 2012/MTU News

Michigan Technological University and Central Michigan University (CMU) are partnering to offer CMU’s doctorate of physical therapy program at Michigan Tech, to help meet a critical need for additional physical therapists in the Upper Peninsula.

Twelve students at Michigan Tech will be able to earn their doctorate through CMU’s doctor of physical therapy program. Central Michigan’s program is one of the top in the nation, with a 100 percent first-try passing rate on the mandatory national exam and 100 percent job placement of graduates.

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Muskegon Community College Sets Up 'Reverse Transfer' Agreement with Grand Valley State University
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 (1246 reads)

July 10, 2012/The Muskegon Chronicle

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – The road from community college to university is now a two-way street.

Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas and Muskegon Community College President Dale Nesbary signed an agreement Monday afternoon that would allow students to transfer credits earned at GVSU back to MCC to count toward an associate's degree.

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ACC, UM-Flint Ink Nursing Agreement
Thursday, June 28, 2012 (1025 reads)

June 27, 2012/The Alpena News

ALPENA - Alpena Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint signed a nursing articulation agreement on Wednesday, allowing nursing students to complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree at ACC. The articulation agreement will provide a joint academic program, which enables ACC nursing program graduates to enroll in the UM-Flint nursing bachelor degree program, with classes offered at ACC in a mixed mode format, with online and on-campus courses.

"Our goal is to bring some classes for a bachelor of science in nursing to Alpena, student curriculum will be seamless and will prevent future redundancy. We want to get as many qualified nurses out there as we can," Margaret Andrews, director and professor of nursing at UM-Flint, said.

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Partnership Provides Enhanced Opportunity For MSU Medical School
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (1083 reads)

June 25, 2012/CBS Detroit

GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Grand Valley State University have agreed to establish a cooperative program of premedical and medical education by which Grand Rapids Community College students who transfer as undergraduate premedical students to GVSU will have the opportunity to be granted an early assurance of admission to MSU’s med school.

The Early Assurance Program became official at an agreement signing ceremony held Monday at GRCC.

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GRCC and GVSU Sign Agreement that Provides 'Enhanced Opportunity' for Medical School Admission
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (1050 reads)

June 25, 2012/Grand Rapids Press

By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Grand Rapids Community College has signed an agreement that aims to make it easier for students who transfer to Grand Valley State University to attend medical school at Michigan State University, according to GRCC.

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Going in the Wrong Direction on Research Universities
Monday, June 25, 2012 (954 reads)

June 18, 2012/Michigan Future Inc.


Michigan spent most of the 20th century building a world class system of higher education – both universities and community colleges. That system is now at the top of the list of the assets Michigan has to grow its economy. It is vital to developing the concentration of talent we need to be successful in a knowledge-based economy. That is particularly true of our major research universities.

We can’t emphasize enough, in a knowledge-based economy, the strategic importance of our major research universities. One can make a strong case that the most productive state and local economic growth policies over the past several decades have been public investments in research universities in Austin, San Diego and North Carolina’s Research Triangle. The payoff in each case has been huge.

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The University as a Driver of Economic Growth
Thursday, June 21, 2012 (972 reads)

June 21, 2012/Huff Post

Recently, I spent a few days on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan attending the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference. The annual event brings together business, political and community leaders to talk about ways to grow Michigan's economy. 

As a former (now twice-retired) Ford Motor Company vice chairman, such gatherings were a natural setting to talk about business and innovation. But when I became President of Wayne State University in the summer of 2010, I didn't think my attendance at the conference would be necessary.

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UM-Dearborn and Schoolcraft Forge a ‘Reverse Transfer’ Agreement
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (1104 reads)

June 18, 2012/University of Michigan - Dearborn News

Schoolcraft College and University of Michigan-Dearborn have forged a formal agreement to help students complete a “reverse transfer” associate degree while working on a bachelor’s degree.

The new reverse transfer agreement creates a process that allows students who transfer from Schoolcraft College to UM-Dearborn to be awarded an associate of arts or general studies associate degree with the help of credits earned at the university. Qualifying students must already have earned 40 credits at the community college prior to transfer. Most associate degrees require 60-72 credits for completion. Current estimates suggest that approximately 180 former Schoolcraft students currently studying at UM-Dearborn will meet the initial selection criteria for participation in this program.

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Commentary: Michigan Pols Fail to Invest in Research Universities
Friday, June 15, 2012 (960 reads)

June 15, 2012/The Detroit News

Michigan's public higher education system is one of the top assets Michigan has to grow its economy.

At Michigan Future Inc., the nonpartisan think tank I lead, we believe that investing in a quality, agile higher education system is economic development priority No. 1.

Business Leaders for Michigan, representing the CEOs of our state's largest businesses, also believes in the strategic importance of higher education, advocating for a $1 billion increase in annual state funding over the next 10 years.

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Number of Coast Guard Students at LSSU Grows
Thursday, June 14, 2012 (1103 reads)

June 12, 2012/LSSU News

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The number of U.S. Coast Guard personnel taking classes at Lake Superior State University has increased substantially in recent years thanks to an LSSU/USCG agreement that was re-established on June 12.

The memorandum of understanding between the two groups, which sets the rate for LSSU tuition the same as the Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program for Coast Guard members and families, was first signed three years ago by LSSU President Tony McLain and former Sector Commander Capt. Mark Huebschman. Since then, nearly 60 Coast Guard students have taken more than 170 courses in various areas of study. The agreement was recently extended by McLain and Sector Sault Commander Capt. Joseph McGuiness.

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Higher Education: Luxury or Imperative?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (883 reads)

May 14, 2012/Michigan Future, Inc. 

By  Lou Glazer

For the past decade the state on a bi-partisan basis has disinvested in higher education without much debate. As we have argued for years this was a big mistake. In a world driven by globalization and technology, human capital is now the asset that matters the most to economic growth and prosperity. Quite simply the places with the greatest concentration of talent win! 

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Editorial: Maximum Interference, Minimum Support for Higher Ed
Thursday, June 07, 2012 (953 reads)

Detroit Free Press/June 6, 2012

You'd never know that Michigan's universities have constitutionally guaranteed autonomy based on the way lawmakers are behaving. No nit is too small to pick if it sets off an itch in the Legislature.

In this year's budget bill, lawmakers have attached what appears to be a record number of strings and aspirations to university funding. And that's not even including the accountability hoops the Legislature and governor set up for universities to jump through in order to get more money than they did last year. The education budget bill got House approval last week, and moved through the Senate Tuesday morning.

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Deal Links Community College Nursing Students with MSU
Friday, May 25, 2012 (1207 reads)

May 24, 2012/MSU News


EAST LANSING, Mich. — A new agreement between Michigan State University's College of Nursing and Lansing and Macomb community colleges outlines a comprehensive strategy to advance nursing education by making it easier for community college students to take classes at MSU and graduate with a bachelor's degree.

The agreement offers concurrent enrollment and transfer admission from the community colleges' associate degree in nursing programs into MSU's online Bachelor of Science in nursing program for registered nurses, or RN to BSN program.

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Entrepreneur 101: Michigan Universities Laying Ground for Entrepreneurism
Friday, May 18, 2012 (1007 reads)

May 14, 2012/MiBiz 


WEST MICHIGAN — What a difference a decade makes.


Ten years ago Jeff Padden noticed that "there wasn't much to talk about" in terms of entrepreneurial activity on Michigan college campuses.


Today, a cultural shift is in full swing and all of Michigan's 15 public universities have in some form embedded entrepreneurism, both in academic programming and community outreach, as a core part of their mission, according to new survey data.

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Study: More Michigan Universities Add Entrepreneur Classes, Clubs, Contests
Friday, May 18, 2012 (1031 reads)

May 4, 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.

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Digital Divas: EMU To Host Cybersecurity Workshop For Middle, High School Girls
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 (1007 reads)

May 17, 2012/CBS News Detroit

YPSILANTI — Do you mind the gap?

The Information Assurance Program at Eastern Michigan University does.

The gap, in this case, is a career gap. It is the low ratio — 12 percent — of women making up the work force in the many available careers in IT, information assurance and cybersecurity.

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Tech Tour Day Two: High Tech’s Growing In The Soo
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (1006 reads)

May 13/CBS Detroit


SAULT STE. MARIE — Michigan’s oldest city dates back to the 1660s. Its most famous feature, locks that get freighters around treacherous rapids between Lake Superior and the Lake Michigan-Huron system, date back to the 1850s.


But stay tuned. Sault Ste. Marie, the Rapids of St. Mary, might just be famous for something else pretty soon, something at the farthest reaches of technology.

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OUR VIEW — Restore Public Funding of Public Universities
Friday, May 11, 2012 (954 reads)

May 10, 2012/Holland Sentinel

Sentinel editorial board

Holland — The key driver of economic development in the world today is human capital. In a “flat” world where production can be shipped almost anywhere, education is the factor that gives one geographic area a long-term advantage over another. The availability of a well-educated workforce is the reason technology companies still congregate in places such as Massachusetts and California, states whose tax rates and high cost of living would otherwise make them uncompetitive.

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Editorial: Michigan Revival Demands Investment in Higher Ed
Monday, May 07, 2012 (1011 reads)

May 7, 2012/The Detroit News


Business leaders urge improvement in university funding as a priority for budget makers


Recovery from Michigan's Lost Decade is well under way, but the road remains long and uncertain. It will be many years before the state can restore all of the critical investments that were hacked away without much strategic consideration during the bloody budget cutting frenzy.


But as revenue returns, higher education should be at or near the top of the priority list.

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LSSU, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation Break Ground on Entrepreneurial Center
Friday, May 04, 2012 (993 reads)

April 24, 2012/LSSU News


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University and the City of Sault Ste. Marie's Economic Development Corporation broke ground April 24 on a building that will house fledgling industries and will serve as a center point for the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone that was established in 2008.


Known as a "breeder building," the facility provides start-up space to help entrepreneurs learn about and select manufacturing methods and business methods appropriate for their ventures, and to build initial production runs in preparation for moving into a facility such as the EDC's Industrial Incubator, which houses new businesses as they get a foothold in the community.

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CMU Research Corp., Mt. Pleasant Chamber Launch Startup Support Program
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 (1035 reads)

May 2, 2012/CBS Detroit


MT. PLEASANT — The Central Michigan University Research Corp. and the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership called the Prelaunch Passport Program to provide local resources such as accounting services and marketing consulting to startup businesses.


Already, nearly 20 CMU-RC clients are enrolled in the program.


“The Prelaunch Passport Program is aimed at stimulating the local business community and fostering an environment to help new ventures plant roots in the community,” said Erin Strang, president and CEO of CMU-RC.

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Stephen Henderson: Higher Ed Cuts Shortchange Michigan's Future
Monday, April 30, 2012 (1325 reads)

April 29, 2012/Detroit Free Press

To get through the University of Michigan in the early 1990s, my wife worked three jobs and took the maximum class load so she could graduate in three years. She did everything she could to come up with the $8,000 she needed each year for tuition, room and board and books.

It wasn't easy, even back then. But if she were a student today, Michigan -- where students now need about $25,000 each year to attend -- would probably be out of the question. The only way she could possibly swing it would be with massive loans that would have saddled her, and eventually me, with a staggering long-term debt.

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Former Foster Youth First to Graduate from Tuition-Free College Program
Thursday, April 26, 2012 (1247 reads)

April 26, 2012/Detroit Free Press


When Heather Nichols strolls across the stage Saturday at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium, the former foster youth will be handed more than her bachelor's degree.


Nichols will get the distinction of being the first four-year graduate of a groundbreaking program that sends foster youth to college tuition-free -- one that was hatched on a "crazy idea," and fueled by human kindness and incredible timing.

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SVSU and MSU Sign Agreement for Students in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (1052 reads)

April 25, 2012/SVSU News


Saginaw Valley State University and Michigan State University have reached a new agreement to provide students with more opportunities in the growing fields of agriculture and natural resources.


The Memorandum of Understanding between MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and SVSU's colleges of Science, Engineering and Technology, Education, and Business and Management will increase access for students to these educational programs. It will be signed Wednesday, April 25 by officials from both universities.

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OU School of Nursing Joins National Effort to Meet Veterans' Needs
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (1049 reads)

April 18, 2012/Oakland University News

The Oakland University School of Nursing is supporting a national initiative to enhance nursing instruction in ways that will better serve U.S. military veterans and military families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and other combat-related issues.

Kerri Schuiling, dean of the School of Nursing, said OU will join First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and hundreds of nursing organizations and institutions in fully preparing nurses to meet the unique health needs of veterans facing these challenges.

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Editorial: Michigan Universities Deserve Better from Snyder, Lawmakers
Monday, April 16, 2012 (1022 reads)

April 15, 2012/Detroit Free Press

Shame on Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers for the way they're treating Michigan's universities.

After cutting university budgets by 15% for the current fiscal year, Lansing's elected officials plan to add back only 3% to university funding -- and to make universities perform to various benchmarks to get it.

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MSU's Ag Expertise Should Go Urban
Thursday, April 12, 2012 (999 reads)

April 17, 2012/LSJ

A proposal from Michigan State University to build an urban agriculture research center in Detroit has great potential.

Universities can offer practical solutions to everyday problems. They are not segregated from the world around them.

A new example of a challenge and the problem solvers eager to tackle it can be found in a proposal from Michigan State University, which hopes to develop a center for urban agriculture in Detroit.

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Going Backward Faster on Higher Education
Monday, April 02, 2012 (1032 reads)

April 1, 2012/Michigan Future, Inc.


By Lou Glazer


In our 2006 A New Agenda for a New Michigan report we wrote: “As we assess the assets Michigan has to prepare, retain, and attract talent, our higher education system rises to the top of the list. Michigan has spent decades building a world-class system of higher education, both universities and community colleges. They are arguably the most important assets we have in developing the concentration of talent we need to be successful in a knowledge-based economy. That is particularly true of our major research universities. Higher education’s importance in preparing talent for a knowledge economy is clear. But it also is one of the most important assets—if not the most important—in retaining and attracting talent. Our universities, particularly the research universities, are among the few enterprises in the state that attract talent from around the world: students, faculty, and researchers. So the single most important thing policy makers can do for the future economic success of Michigan and its regions is to ensure the long-term success of a vibrant and agile higher education system.”

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Why GVSU President Says You Should Care ABout Michigan's Support of Funding Higher Education
Friday, March 30, 2012 (1009 reads)

March 29, 2012/The Grand Rapids PRess

By Thomas J. Haas

ALLENDALE, MI — In the next 60 days, the state legislature and governor will complete work on the higher education budget for 2012-13.


This is no routine task. Every Michigan resident has a stake in the outcome.


For decades, Michigan was a Top-10 state in its support of public higher education. Today, we’re a Bottom-10 state, owing largely to the state’s economic difficulties.


Michigan has no future as a Bottom-10 state — a point clearly made by Douglas Rothwell, president of Business Leaders for Michigan, in an important address in Grand Rapids last week.

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Is the GOP Trying to Kill Higher Education and Michigan's Economic Future?
Thursday, March 29, 2012 (1064 reads)

March 29, 2012/


A reasonable person might come to the conclusion that Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is on a mission to kill higher education in our great state.


Sadly, this is not the hyperbole of an overworked columnist.


It was bad enough when Gov. Rick Snyder, a product of three degrees at the University of Michigan, last year proposed a 15-percent cut to state aid for the state's 15 public universities -- and GOP lawmakers couldn't sign off fast enough.

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Colleges: International Students Key to Michigan’s Economic Growth
Friday, March 23, 2012 (962 reads)

March 21, 2012/CBS News Detroit


DETROIT — Fast-paced economic growth in the health care, computer and engineering sectors, coupled with a shortage of domestic students graduating with degrees in the high-demand science, technology, engineering and math fields, has created a significant percentage of jobs in Michigan that employers are unable to fill, threatening further economic growth and their ability to compete.


The Global Talent Retention Initiative of Southeast Michigan, funded by the New Economy Initiative, is working to help fill that gap.


“Employers need help fast filling these jobs or they stand to lose billions of dollars in new business,” said Athena Trentin, GTRI program director with the University Research Corridor, the joint effort of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

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MSU Named to 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Friday, March 23, 2012 (996 reads)

March 21, 2012/MLive

EAST LANSING -- Michigan State University has received national recognition for its commitment to community service.

The university has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The distinction is the highest federal recognition available to colleges and universities for volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

MSU is the only Michigan institution named to the list with distinction. Nationally, 110 colleges and universities earned that recognition.

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Commentary: College Funding Key to Future
Friday, March 23, 2012 (1019 reads)

March 22, 2012/Detroit News


By Glenn D. Mroz


Twenty years ago, I listened as former Michigan Technological University President Dale Stein adroitly pointed out a likely outcome of a key state investment priority — if you don't like the cost of education you surely aren't going to like the cost of ignorance.


I recently represented Michigan's university presidents in a joint presentation with Business Leaders for Michigan in delivering that same message to the Michigan Senate Higher Appropriations committee.


As the BLM leaders — who represent companies accounting for more than a trillion dollars in sales and a quarter of Michigan's gross domestic product — noted, we have shifted our state priorities over the last decade from higher education to locking up criminals.

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Phil Power: Officials Can be Worlds Apart on education priorities
Thursday, March 22, 2012 (964 reads)

March 22, 2012/ 

For years, physicists and science-fiction writers have speculated about whether parallel universes might exist alongside our own. I'm certainly not qualified to get into the domain of theoretical physics, but I can testify that when it comes to higher education, there are parallel universes existing right here in Michigan:

Universe One has to do with the worldwide ranking of the University of Michigan. Sure, we all know it's a wonderful place — but we may not realize exactly how wonderful. Last week, the respected Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings report moved U-M up a slot, to the 12th-best university in the world.

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SVSU-Delta Watershed Research Project Cited as National Model
Friday, March 16, 2012 (1069 reads)

March 15, 2012/SVSU News


Students and faculty from Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College have spent the past year working together to improve the water quality of the Saginaw Bay Watershed, the largest watershed in Michigan. At The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session in Washington, DC Tuesday, March 13, their joint efforts were cited as a premier example for similar partnerships throughout the Great Lakes states and nationwide.

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Michigan College Students Facing $4.2 Million in Federal Aid Cuts as Penalty for State Aid Decreases
Thursday, March 15, 2012 (1006 reads)

March 14, 2012/Mlive

LANSING – State university leaders are upset their federal assistance is being cut by $4.2 million, placing blame on a Legislature responsible for a “dark decade of disinvestment” in the 15 public universities.

Michigan and Alabama are being singled out by President Obama for cutting support to universities, saying the states did not comply with a federal rule requiring them to provide consistent funding.

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Increase State's Higher Ed Investment
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (1035 reads)

March 14, 2012/Lansing State Journal

Michigan's deep cuts endanger its economy

Some would argue that economic difficulties have given business interests an open pass to changing state policies to their advantage. They’d put last year’s revamp of the tax code atop that list.

But here’s what some of the state’s most prominent business leaders want now, and it may surprise plenty of lawmakers and a fair share of state residents: more investment in higher education.

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MSU Graduate-Level Education Programs Rated Best in Nation for 18th Straight Year by U.S. News & World Report
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (960 reads)

March 13, 2012/

EAST LANSING -- Several of Michigan State University's graduate programs are ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools list.

Elementary and secondary education programs in the university's College of Education were ranked No. 1 for the 18th consecutive year by the magazine's 2013 installment.

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Working for the Common Good: Public Universities to Showcase Community Partnerships and Economic Development Initiatives
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 (982 reads)

March 06, 2012/The Grand Rapids Press

Fritz Erickson, Ferris State University’s provost, likes to joke that he could spend hours talking about an initiative at Ferris that aims to get Hispanic students from West Michigan to go to college.

Today, as he speaks with the public and members of the Michigan Legislature, he’ll face a much smaller timeframe: three minutes.

He’s among the representatives of Michigan’s 15 public universities participating in an event at the state Capitol – sponsored by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan – highlighting the work the schools do to help boost the state’s economy through community partnerships.

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A New Detroit Turnaround Plan: Wayne State’s
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (1016 reads)

February 28, 2012/Bridge Magazine


After spending most of his career as an executive at Ford Motor Co., Wayne State President Allan Gilmour knows plenty about retooling. Taking a redesigned car from the drawing board to the showroom can take three or four years.


Building a successful student retention program could take longer.


From free housing for the summer to tougher admission standards, Wayne State is pulling out all the stops to improve its dismal graduation rate for African-American student

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EMU Business Student Grows Web Consulting Business While Still Taking Classes
Monday, February 27, 2012 (1006 reads)

February 26, 2012/


Starting a successful business, turning a profit within a year and earning enough money to establish a scholarship at your alma mater are rare enough accomplishments for alumni of a college of business, but they’re even more unusual for a student who hasn’t yet received a diploma.


However, one Eastern Michigan University College of Business student, Kentaro Roy, has done just that.

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Spend Budget Surplus on College Education
Thursday, February 23, 2012 (1024 reads)

Monday, February 20, 2012/The Macomb Daily

The state of Michigan’s economic automotive-inspired economic recovery has left the state gov ernment with a budget surplus estimated at $457 million. After a decade of austerity, the surplus is a most welcomed development, and the clamor about how to spend it is steadily rising.


Certainly, after decades where school budgets were cut and squeezed, Gov. Rick Snyder’s suggestion is a sound one.

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U-M to Lead Michigan University Technology Commercialization Initiative
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (991 reads)

February 21, 2012/Ann

The University of Michigan's Technology Transfer Office served as the model for a new initiative with six other Michigan public universities to accelerate technology commercialization by connecting entrepreneurs and experts to ideas and intellectual property.

With a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., U-M formed a $2.4 million program called the Tech Transfer Talent Network. Other members of the initiative are Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Oakland University.

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Michigan Tech Offers New Tactic In ‘War For Talent’
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (946 reads)

February 21, 2012/CBS Detroit


HOUGHTON — The term ‘War for Talent,’ coined in the tech boom of the 1990s, has resurfaced because a recovering knowledge-based economy has created an urgency for talent in technology fields.


One of the fiercest battlefields in this war, as it turns out, is 550 miles northwest of Detroit in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan — Michigan Technological University.


This year, more than 800 Michigan Tech will graduate with skills uniquely attractive to companies because they have already acquired significant hands-on lab and “real-world” project experience.

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Squeeze More Dollars for Michigan's Colleges
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (995 reads)

February 20, 2012/The Detroit News


Cutting spending elsewhere to restore university funding would make state more competitive


Top corporate executives are making a strong case that Michigan's public universities and community colleges can be key drivers of economic growth if lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder can find a way to significantly increase the government's investment in higher education over the next decade.


Business Leaders for Michigan estimates that Michigan needs an additional 1.3 million college graduates to meet the work force demand expected in 2025, and accordingly should bolster funding of higher education by $1 billion over the next 10 years. University presidents are proposing to add an array of performance metrics to those proposed by Snyder so elected officials can make sure the state's investment will be well-spent.

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WSU Researcher’s Model Will Target Causes Of Everyday MS Symptoms
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 (951 reads)

February 14, 2012/CBS Detroit


Detroit - Annoying, frustrating symptoms like difficulty hearing or remembering things can complicate everyday living for multiple sclerosis patients, but most research to date has focused on the disease’s less frequent but more debilitating consequences.


Recently, however, an increasing number of patients have expressed their desire for a better quality of life between relapses, as the body attacks its own central nervous system, which can cause blindness or the inability to use a limb.

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CMU Gets Grants To Advance New Economy
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (989 reads)

February 14, 2012/CBS Detroit


MT. PLEASANT — With the awarding of $55,000 in grants from the Michigan Initiative for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Central Michigan University is making strides in advancing the state’s new economy.


The grant funds are targeted at creating 200 new startup businesses and fostering an atmosphere of entrepreneurship on campuses around the state.

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GVSU Working To Restore Muskegon Lake
Monday, February 13, 2012 (1010 reads)

February 13, 2012/CBS News Detroit

Two Grand Valley State University researchers are working together on a pair of projects that are designed to help restore habitat in the area of Muskegon Lake, and assist in getting Muskegon Lake de-listed as an Area of Concern in the Great Lakes.

Al Steinman and Rick Rediske are co-principal investigators on a pair of projects in Muskegon Lake and adjacent Bear Lake. Steinman is also the director of Grand Valley’s Annis Water Resources Institute.

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SVSU Moves Forward with Grant to Improve Retention of Disadvantaged Students
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 (928 reads)

February 07, 2012/The Saginaw News

KOCHVILLE TWP. — A team of staff members will work to help hundreds of students remain and be successful at Saginaw Valley State University.


The Michigan Department of Career Development’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative gave SVSU a six-year, $684,000 Select Student Support Services grant to improve the retention of academically and economically disadvantaged students. SVSU is matching the grant with 30 percent funding, or $48,879 annually.

The grant, awarded in November, will provide support to 145 freshmen students and continue to help the students through their academic careers.

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Researcher Studies Hockey, Football Concussions: Is it Time For Rules Changes?
Monday, January 30, 2012 (977 reads)

January 29, 2012

Michigan Technological University  — Imagine ice hockey without body checking and football with less hitting. What might sound blasphemous to hockey and football fans and players has more support than you may imagine. And a Michigan Tech researcher is a large part of that conversation.

Syd Johnson, assistant professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of kinesiology and integrative physiology, has studied the impact of concussions and is joining those who urge revolutionary changes in hockey and football. Her timing is right.

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Macomb, Monroe Community College Students can Finish Design Degrees at Eastern Michigan University
Thursday, January 26, 2012 (1013 reads)

January 26, 2012/Crain's Detroit Business
Students at two community colleges can complete their degrees in product design and development at Eastern Michigan University, under an articulation agreement between EMU and Monroe County Community College and Macomb Community College.
Students can transfer up to 94 credit hours to EMU to complete an undergraduate degree in the design and development of automotive, industrial and consumer products.

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Michigan Turnaround Plan - A Blueprint for a New Michigan
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (1092 reads)

January 25, 2012/Business Leaders for Michigan

Business Leaders for Michigan today released the 2012 Michigan Turnaround Plan (MTP) to make Michigan a Top Ten state for job, economic and personal income growth. The new version of the Plan reflects BLM's optimism for Michigan's future based on progress made during the past year that aligns with the original Plan's recommendations and the opportunities this progress provides for building a vibrant state.

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Wayne State To Conduct Childhood Epilepsy Training In Africa
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (880 reads)

January 25, 2012/CBS Detroit

DETROIT — A Wayne State University School of Medicine physician and researcher will convene a vital training workshop on childhood epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa next month.

Harry Chugani, M.D., the Rosalie and Bruce Rosen professor of neurology and chief of pediatric neurology for the School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, has organized “Epilepsy in Children in Developing Countries.” The training will take place Feb. 1-4 in Entebbe, Uganda.

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GVSU Earns Newsmaker of the Year Honors
Monday, January 23, 2012 (1003 reads)

January 23, 2012/Grand Rapids Business Journal

Gayle Davis, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Grand Valley State University, accepts a framed copy of a front page recognizing GVSU as the Newsmaker of the Year during today’s luncheon of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids at the JW Marriott. 
Grand Valley State University has a measurable track record when it comes to long-term economic development. 

And its future provides a large root system for growing the regional economy.

GVSU is about to turn 50 but still is growing like a precocious child of the digital age, which is why it earned this year’s Grand Rapids Business Journal Newsmaker of the Year award.

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For Former Foster Kids, Campus Is Their 'Home for the Holidays'
Friday, January 13, 2012 (1046 reads)

January 8, 2012/The Chronicle

John R. Seita was an abused and neglected 8-year-old back in 1963 when the State of Michigan pulled him from his home and placed him in foster care. But his most terrifying experience came a decade later, he says, when he turned 18 and was sent out to fend for himself.

Neither his former orphanage nor the state foster-care system helped him through the transition. "There was kind of this sense that, You're on your own—good luck," recalls Mr. Seita, today an associate professor in Michigan State University's School of Social Work.

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Education Supplement: Bursting the Tuition Bubble
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 (1064 reads)

January 04, 2012/The Village Voice

The soaring cost of college has multiple causes and no easy solution

College tuition is, as any Occupy Wall Street demonstrator will tell you, too damn high. Average fees at public universities hit $8,244 this year, according to College Board figures, and a staggering $28,500 at private schools; add on another 13 grand if you want room and board or such fripperies as textbooks. Little wonder that State University of New York chancellor Nancy Zimpher recently warned at a White House education summit that "the general public might be reaching the tipping point" in their ability to pay for college.

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U-M President Urges Obama to Address Increasing College Costs
Monday, December 19, 2011 (1079 reads)

December 17, 2011/Detroit News

Escalating costs are making higher education inaccessible, and it is time to resolve the issue, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman wrote in an open letter to President Barack Obama.

"College is costly — too costly for some families," Coleman wrote in the letter, which was published on U-M's website on Friday. "To meet the myriad needs of students and society, we absolutely must find ways to provide a college education at a cost that is sustainable."

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State Effort to Replicate Promise Yields Mixed Results
Friday, December 09, 2011 (1082 reads)

December 8, 2012/Bridge Magazine


The Kalamazoo Promise has inspired 10 Michigan communities to develop college promises of their own — without relying on a few generous benefactors to underwrite the whole thing.


The communities, mostly distressed urban areas, are creating Promise Zones, with the goal of promising all high school graduates living within the school district boundaries financial support to attend college. Three Promise Zones — in Benton Harbor, Pontiac and Baldwin — already are writing checks. And several others expect to begin helping students in the class of 2012, possibly including Detroit.

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Start Here, Get There
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 (998 reads)

December 7, 2011

In the featured video,  Sue Vlahakis talks about the collaboration between the community colleges and our public universities.  She began her studies at Lansing Community College and will complete her nursing degree at University of Michigan-Flint through a program at LCC's University Center. She is one example of how community college graduates can continue their studies at colleges and universities around the state.

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Education in Tune with Industry Raises Michigan Tech’s Job Placement Rate to Nearly 95 Percent
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (1019 reads)

November 30, 2011/MTU News


As Michigan Governor Rick Snyder takes the podium at Delta College on Thursday, Dec. 1, to talk about the need for more highly skilled workers to meet Michigan employers’ needs, Michigan Technological University reports that its job placement rate has risen to an astonishing 94.6 percent.


At its most recent Career Fair in September 2011, Michigan Tech hosted 720 recruiters from 245 companies. Students participated in more than 4,200 interviews at the event and in the days immediately following it.  The University has another Career Fair scheduled for February 2012.

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Detroit’s Tech Town: An Incubator of Creativity
Monday, November 28, 2011 (1172 reads)

November 25, 2011/Miller-McCune

According to the latest census figures, Detroit’s population continues to plummet while its public school system remains largely dysfunctional and FBI statistics report an increase in violent crime after several years of decline.

But Detroit, the buckle of the “Rust Belt,” is also a city of paradoxes. In the city’s midtown, an innovative project, Tech Town, stands out as living up to its motto, “Reigniting Detroit’s Entrepreneurial Culture.”

The city has been counted out before — “Decline in Detroit” was Time magazine’s headline in 1961 – so talk of a comeback has a precedent. In 1999, Irvin Reid, president of Wayne State University in midtown Detroit, decided that a “business incubator” that drew from the university but wasn’t part of it could help the city and the region’s economy. 

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Despite State Cuts, University Education Still Within Reach
Monday, November 14, 2011 (1014 reads)

November 13, 2011/Detroit Free Press


By Mary Sue Coleman, President

Phil Hanlon, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Michigan Ann Arbor


Despite the state's substantial cuts to higher education, the University of Michigan has managed to keep the cost of attendance affordable by reducing the university's administrative expenditures and through a major investment in financial aid.


In fact, for an average state student with a household income of $80,000 or less, it now costs less to attend U-M than it did six years ago. And the amount of loans in the financial aid package for this same student was less than in 2004. This year alone, the university invested more than $100 million in financial aid, and some Michigan students with annual family incomes up to about $120,000 received aid.

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Michigan Corporate Relations Network Creates First Statewide University Network to Boost Business
Saturday, November 12, 2011 (970 reads)

November 12, 2011/Ann Arbor Journal

A collaboration involving Michigan's six leading research universities, called the Michigan Corporate Relations Network, creates the first statewide university network in the country to provide a tool for business growth and attraction.


"Academia's role in the economy is rapidly changing," said Daryl Weinert, program principal investigator and executive director of the University of Michigan's Business Engagement Center, in a news release.

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Michigan Corporate Relations Network Creates First Statewide University Network to Boost Business
Saturday, November 12, 2011 (992 reads)

Ann Arbor Journal/November 12, 2011

A collaboration involving Michigan's six leading research universities, called the Michigan Corporate Relations Network, creates the first statewide university network in the country to provide a tool for business growth and attraction.

"Academia's role in the economy is rapidly changing," said Daryl Weinert, program principal investigator and executive director of the University of Michigan's Business Engagement Center, in a news release.

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Michigan Invests In University Efforts To Build Businesses, Jobs
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 (979 reads)

October 26, 2011/CBS Detroit

LANSING – The Michigan Strategic Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Wednesday voted to invest $6.8 million in university-business partnerships focused on collaboration, commercialization, economic growth and job creation.

“Michigan is one of the top states in the nation for research and development with more than $16 billion in industrial R&D and close to $2 billion in university research,’’ said Michael Finney, CEO and President of the MEDC, who chairs the MSF. “Companies like Google, Facebook and Dell were born on college campuses and we want to keep helping our leading universities turn the latest developments into jobs.”

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Wayne State Gets Licenses For Breakthrough Approaches to Vision Restoration
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (1006 reads)

October 18, 2011/CBS Detroit News


DETROIT — RetroSense Therapeutics LLC, a Michigan-based company, announced that it has executed its exclusive, worldwide option and signed a license agreement for novel gene-therapy approaches for treating blindness developed at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine.


Zhuo-Hua Pan, professor of anatomy and cell biology in the School of Medicine, along with colleagues at Salus University in Pennsylvania, developed the breakthrough therapy and follow-on approaches that offer promise to people suffering with incurable blindness caused by age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa — retinal degenerative disorders that are currently incurable.

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GVSU Leaders: College Understands the Need for Affordable Higher Education
Monday, October 10, 2011 (996 reads)

October 08, 2011/The Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Rapids Press in its Oct. 2 editorial rightly points out that the cost of public higher education is an issue worthy of serious public discussion. As The Press observed, this need not be a debate about governance. Rather, it’s about what we can do together to make college more affordable.


Necessarily, this discussion begins with two elemental questions: what do state policy makers expect from their public universities; and, how will the state fulfill its constitutional obligation to maintain them? We welcome this kind of all-encompassing discussion.

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Tech Tour Day Eight: Super Spartans
Saturday, October 08, 2011 (1032 reads)

October 7, 2011/CBS News Detroit


The great thing about Michigan State University is that I could do Tech Tours from now until Doomsday and they’d never run out of cool things to show me.


I learned that again Thursday as the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report Fall Tech Tour rolled through East Lansing on its annual visit.


MSU PR science writer Layne Cameron ably squired me around campus, showing me some of the most fascinating research this giant school has to offer.

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LSSU Uses Historic Freighter for Overhaul Study
Friday, October 07, 2011 (1012 reads)

October 10, 2011/The Mining Journal


SAULT STE. MARIE (AP) - A decommissioned Great Lakes freighter that now serves as a museum piece is the proving ground for engineers seeking improved ways to update large-scale industrial equipment.


The 95-year-old ore carrier Valley Camp now serves as a museum ship in Sault Ste. Marie.

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Tech Tour Day Seven: WMU Is Wonderful
Thursday, October 06, 2011 (1064 reads)

October 6, 2011/CBS Detroit

Michigan has four public universities named in the top tier in the annual collegiate rankings of U.S. News and World Report.

I’m betting you can name the first three.

I’m also betting most people can’t name the fourth.

That’s one of the many reasons I always put Western Michigan University on my list of schools to visit every autumn for the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s Fall Tech tour. This is a school that does amazing work in a lot of areas, but frequently labors in the shadows of Michigan higher education’s Big Three.

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University of Michigan Plans to Spend Millions on Global Projects and Tech Start-Ups
Thursday, October 06, 2011 (1025 reads)

October 5, 2011/Chronicle of Higher Education


Hard times in the Rust Belt aren't disturbing the University of Michigan's efforts to invest for the future.


The Ann Arbor university plans to spend $50-million over the next five years on ways to stamp out global problems such as poverty, climate change, and social injustice—just in time for its 200th birthday, in 2017. Half of the money for the Third Century Initiative—announced on Wednesday in an annual speech by President Mary Sue Coleman—will come from the university's general budget, a mix of tuition and fees, state dollars, and the indirect costs of sponsored research. The other half will come from investment income from its designated budget, which pays for and garners revenue from conferences and continuing education.

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Tech Tour Day Six: Grand Tech At Grand Valley
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 (1036 reads)

October 4, 2011/CBS Detroit


It’s experienced explosive growth over the past 20 years, and it’s busily stamping its image all over West Michigan while helping the region diversify its economy.


It is Grand Valley State University, and it was Tuesday’s tour stop on Day Six of the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report’s Spring 2011 Tech Tour.


I actually started the day in Muskegon, then visited Grand Valley’s downtown Grand Campus, and ended the visit on the main campus in Allendale.

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Tech Tour Day Five: Fired Up Chips Are Chemical Experts
Monday, October 03, 2011 (1020 reads)

October 3, 2011/CBS Detroit


MT. PLEASANT — Mid-Michigan is home to several universities that are frequently overlooked given the giant shadow cast by Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State.


Well, Monday was another example of how Michigan’s mid-majors are doing just fine, thank you, when it comes to using and researching high tech in an effort to build the Next Michigan.


My first stop Monday was Central Michigan University, where my day began with LeRoy S. Barnes, director of plant energy and utilities, and Steve P. Lawrence, associate vice president of facilities management.

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Census 2010: SVSU Officials Tackle State's Low College Graduation Rates
Monday, September 26, 2011 (1074 reads)

Sunday, September 25, 2011/The Saginaw News


KOCHVILLE TWP. — There’s good news from the U.S. Census Bureau: A college degree can add a million dollars to the lifetime earnings of a typical American worker.


Michigan, however, lags behind the nation in income and the percentage of people with college degrees.


Saginaw Valley State University spokesman J.J. Boehm said another trend contributes both to Michigan’s below-average college graduation rate and its lower income levels: Decreasing state aid to colleges and universities.

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Michigan Tech Gets First Solar Energy Research Center
Monday, September 26, 2011 (1040 reads)

September 26, 2011/CBS Detroit


The Keweenaw Research Center will dedicate Michigan Technological University’s first facility devoted to solar energy research on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m.


The Michigan Tech Solar Photovoltaic Research Facility includes an array of solar panels and an advanced energy-monitoring system at KRC’s Engineering Design Building, near the Houghton County Memorial Airport. The two-kilowatt system will generate enough energy to charge all of the electric snowmobiles competing in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, held at KRC every March.

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3 U-M Faculty Members Get 'Genius Grants' for Research
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 (1039 reads)

September 20, 2011/The Detroit News


Ann Arbor- Three University of Michigan researchers - all women - have been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation's "genius grants."


U-M historian Tiya Miles, chemist Melanie Sanford and stem cell biologist Yukiko Yamashita are among the 22 new MacArthur Fellows, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Tuesday.


It is the first time that U-M faculty members have been awarded the coveted grant since 2005. U-M tied Harvard University for having the highest number of fellows in this year's class.

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Cooley Law School, WMU Partner to Offer Third Dual Degree Program
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (1071 reads)

September 20, 2011/


LANSING -- Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Western Michigan University are partnering to offer a program that allows students to earn a master's degree in social work and a Juris Doctorate simultaneously.

The schools on Monday announced their third dual degree partnership; the program begins in the fall of 2012.

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Lasers Could be Used to Detect Roadside Bombs
Friday, September 16, 2011 (932 reads)

September 16, 2011/MSU News


EAST LANSING, Mich. — A research team at Michigan State University has developed a laser that could detect roadside bombs – the deadliest enemy weapon encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The laser, which has comparable output to a simple presentation pointer, potentially has the sensitivity and selectivity to canvas large areas and detect improvised explosive devices – weapons that account for around 60 percent of coalition soldiers’ deaths. Marcos Dantus, chemistry professor and founder of BioPhotonic Solutions, led the team and has published the results in the current issue of Applied Physics Letters.

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Michigan Schools Tout Spots On US News List
Friday, September 16, 2011 (1161 reads)

September 13, 2011/CBS Detroit


America's Best Colleges, michigan schools, US News & World Report Several Michigan schools ranked among the top universities in the nation in US News & World Report’s 2012 edition of “Best Colleges.”


Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University were all included in US News’ list of the nation’s top national universities.


Now ranked 115, Michigan Tech continues its climb on the list, a spot it shares with Washington State University, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.


Kettering University and Grand Valley State also said they were pleased with their showing on the list.

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Wayne State Researcher to Study Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Monday, September 12, 2011 (1010 reads)

September 12, 2011/CBS Detroit


DETROIT — A Wayne State University reseracher has won a $418,000 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health.


Graham Parker, assistant professor of research in the Department of Pediatrics, will use the grant to study how a particular gene might be involved in the progression of spinal muscular atrophy, the No. 1 genetic killer of children younger than 2 years old.


“Although most people have never heard of it, SMA is the most prevalent hereditary motor neuron disease, affecting four to 10 per 100,000 live births, with as many as one in 75 people being carriers of the genetic mutation,” Parker said.

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Honors Transfer Innovators
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 (1381 reads)

July 19, 2011/University of Michigan-Dearborn


Student group comes together to design a new, transfer-friendly honors program at UM-Dearborn focusing on creativity and leadership


This summer, 10 students from Henry Ford Community College, Schoolcraft and the University of Michigan-Dearborn have come together to design a new, transfer-friendly honors program at UM-Dearborn focusing on creativity and leadership. When launched in Fall 2012 this honors program will be one of the few in the country designed specifically for transfer students.


The Honors Transfer Innovators (HTI) are a diverse group of students from a wide range of demographic, geographic and educational backgrounds. Each student brings his/her own diverse perspective to the table and five weeks into the program the students are amazed at how much they are learning about each other and themselves.

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Michigan Tech Studies Link Between Volcanoes, Earthquakes
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 (1154 reads)

July 18, 2011/CBS Detroit

The ash from the recent eruptions of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle in Chile disrupted airplane schedules, and the ash even circled the globe a second time, causing more delays.

A Michigan Technological University researcher and his graduate students are studying how volcanoes like this erupt and what their relation is to earthquakes. They hope to resolve much bigger issues than airplane inconveniences.

Greg Waite, assistant professor of geological and mining engineering and sciences, is focusing on “mini-earthquakes” within or beneath the nearby and also troublesome Villarrica volcano. These earthquakes reveal details about the shape of the conduit and dynamics of the magmatic system.

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URC Projects Contribute to Detroit's Revitalization
Monday, July 11, 2011 (1226 reads)

July 11, 2011/Research Corridor, Michigan's URC 

As leaders across the state acknowledge that Michigan can't survive and thrive without a healthy Detroit, URC universities are drawing on their faculty and students in countless ways to contribute to the city's revitalization. The universities send students and faculty into the city to work alongside community organizations and learn about Detroit in a ground-level, hands-on way; they also lend expertise and bring the force of their research might to bear on urban problems.

There are far too many urban initiatives at each school to include them all; instead, we're highlighting examples of how each university engages with the city of Detroit that reflects each university's unique character.

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A Roadmap for Supporting Higher Education
Friday, July 08, 2011 (1075 reads)

June 30, 2011/Michigan Future


We have long argued that the state needs to reverse recent trends of under-investing in colleges, universities and community colleges. Michigan spent decades building a world-class systems of higher education.  The system is arguably the most import asset the state has to develop the concentration of talent Michigan needs to be successful in the knowledge-based economy.


Obviously we have not got to the point where state policy makers are willing to move back to reinvestment. In fact we are going in the opposite direction with a budget that will implement the largest reduction in state support for higher education ever. But when we are ready – hopefully soon – we now have a roadmap that should be the framework for higher education funding and policy going forward.


It comes from University of Michigan President Emeritus James J. Duderstadt. It is contained in his terrific new report for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs entitled A Master Plan for Higher Education in the Midwest. (For those interested in all the details you can get the full report here.) There are far too many good ideas in the report to cover them all here. I really urge you to read the report.

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Our Community is Part of Push for Higher Education
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 (1134 reads)

Jun 22, 2011/The Times Herald


For the past several years, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County ranked education as one of our top priorities. Moreover, keeping our students on a path toward some type of post-secondary education now is our No. 1 goal.


We are fortunate to collaborate with the true experts and leaders --our school districts, the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency, Baker College of Port Huron and St. Clair County Community College.


When the BlueMeetsGreen plan was being formulated, it, too, adopted education as a key priority. We were more than pleasantly surprised to find improving the education of our community is one goal on which so many community stakeholders can agree.

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Keep Higher Ed a Top Priority
Monday, June 13, 2011 (1085 reads)

June 12, 2011/Crain’s Detroit Business


By Mary Sue Coleman


Quality higher education has never been more important to investing in the future of Michigan.


With the Legislature's passage of a new budget, the University of Michigan is absorbing a $48 million loss to our general fund. We will adapt to the short-term pain. We will protect the quality of the academic enterprise, contain costs to ensure a strong return on tax dollars and remain affordable and accessible to students.


We need equally strong resolve from the businesses, communities and organizations we serve. We must make an unyielding commitment to investing in higher education or else risk our collective progress in rebuilding Michigan as a global economic player.


Michigan's taxpayer support for higher education is in the bottom 10 in the nation. To climb into the top 10 most prosperous states, higher education must become a priority.

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Michael Boulus: Budget Cuts, Education Rhetoric Don't Add Up
Monday, June 06, 2011 (1134 reads)

June 6, 2011/Crain's Detroit Business


Last month, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law the two-year budget that cut the state's appropriations to public universities 15 percent across the board -- under the caveat that the institutions keep tuition below the average five-year tuition increase.


The losses range from about $47 million at the University of Michigan to nearly $13 million at Oakland University.


Universities and colleges strongly opposed the funding cuts, but inevitably lost as the Republican-led House and Senate passed the budget bill before Snyder signed it in May.

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State Education Budget Cuts will Cost SVSU $4 Million and Add to Expected Tuition Hike, Spokesman Says
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 (1070 reads)

May 29, 2011/The Saginaw News


KOCHVILLE TWP. -- Saginaw Valley State University expects a 15 percent cut in state aid to universities will cost the Kochville Township campus about $4 million, and will add to an expected tuition rise the Board of Control may enact in June, said SVSU spokesman J.J. Boehm.


The Republican-dominated Legislature voted mostly along party lines last week to cut state aid to universities by 15 percent. Boehm expected a tuition hike will remain less than a 7 percent cap lawmakers have warned would lead to more loss of aid.


State aid reductions over time have created "a significant shift in who pays for higher education," Boehm said. State revenue will make up slight more than 20 percent of SVSU’s budget when the cuts take effect Oct. 1, the start of the next fiscal year.

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OTHER VOICES: To Prosper, State Must Add College Grads
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (1133 reads)

May 22, 2011/Crain's Detroit Business


By Mike Boulus


Virginia is one of the nation's leaders in prosperity. Its per capita income ranks seventh in the nation. It ranks sixth in the percentage of population with a college degree, and its seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 6.3 percent.


Michigan is an economic afterthought. We rank 37th in per capita income and 34th in percentage of population with a college degree. Our seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 10.2 percent.


Virginia is getting ready to turbocharge its economy. Its Republican governor has committed to add 100,000 people with college degrees or college certificates to the state's workforce -- creating more raw material for the knowledge economy -- with a focus on science and engineering graduates. And the state will increase spending on higher education next year by $65 million to do it.

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The Case for Higher Education as a Priority
Friday, May 20, 2011 (1168 reads)

May 20, 2011/Michigan Future Inc.

By Lou Glazer

Great column in Dome Magazine by Glen Mroz, the terrific President of Michigan Tech. Mroz makes the case that cutting higher education funding is harmful to the Michigan economy.

First the facts. State appropriations to higher education are down 35% over the last ten years. So much for the nonsense that the state went on a spending spree the last decade. We ended last year as one of the bottom 10 states in the nation in tax dollars spent per student for higher education.  With the record 15% cut (or more) that will come with this year’s budget we almost for sure will drop to bottom five. Not smart!

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WSU Lands $750K Grant to Improve Healthcare Education Options
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 (1041 reads)

May 17, 2011/Model D Startup News


Midtown  Wayne State University has received a $750,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to expand the Michigan Area Education Center program.


The Michigan Area Education Center is working to recruit and train more students for the health-care workforce. The program focuses on students in economically challenged areas to help alleviate unemployment attract more talent to the rapidly growing industry.

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Glenn Mroz: Higher Ed Funding Hitting Bottom
Friday, May 13, 2011 (1080 reads)

May 13, 2011/Dome Magazine

By Glenn Mroz

Michigan has earned a dubious distinction: a decade of deep cuts to state higher education appropriations has made Michigan one of the bottom 10 states in the nation in tax dollars spent per student for higher education, a new State Higher Education Executive Officersreport indicates.

And this dismal statistic is about to get even worse. With the 15 percent decrease in higher education funding included in current state budget proposals, the Senate Fiscal Agency reports that Michigan’s funding for higher education has dropped almost 35 percent in the past 10 years. That will put the state among the bottom five nationwide in higher education funding.

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New National Report Shows Michigan in Bottom 10 of Higher Education Support
Friday, May 13, 2011 (1134 reads)

A decade of deep cuts to state higher education appropriations has put Michigan in the bottom 10 of all states in per student support for higher education. Proposed budget cuts would put state in bottom 5. Read here

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CMU Scholarship to Benefit Community College Students
Friday, May 13, 2011 (1157 reads)

May 12, 2011/
A new Central Michigan University scholarship offered through CMU Off-Campus and Online Programs will help more community college students pursue bachelor’s degrees.
The Michigan Community College Academic Achievement Award, which will be awarded for the first time in the 2011-2012 academic year, provides four-year degree opportunities to students attending a community college but who live in a county that lacks a public university. The scholarship will provide financial support to be used at CMU’s online or off-campus locations renewable for up to four continuous years.

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Editorial: GOP's Morality Police Ride Again
Monday, May 09, 2011 (1118 reads)

May 9, 2011/Detroit Free Press


Michigan's Republican lawmakers continue to press their own social agendas on the rest of the state. The latest assault came last week with an amendment to the House bill on education funding. Rep. David Agema, R-Grandville, got majority backing for his plan to subtract 5% from the state funding of any university that offers health insurance coverage for employees who live with another adult outside of marriage.


Another GOP amendment would require additional reporting on embryonic stem cell research -- a transparent effort to impede a scientific inquiry Michigan voters have explicitly endorsed. That change was added by a House subcommittee.


Michigan's Constitution gives the state's 15 universities an unusual degree of autonomy, a frequent source of annoyance for lawmakers. In this case, their zeal to control the universities may even be unconstitutional. But that won't stop them from trying.

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Western Michigan Students Win Case Study Competition
Friday, May 06, 2011 (1058 reads)

May 3, 2011/LSJ


Student from Mason presents research paper


KALAMAZOO - Three Western Michigan University (WMU) students won a national case study competition for the second consecutive year, and WMU received the 2011 Program Excellence award for its Telecommunications and Information Management Program.


Competing against teams of graduate students, the WMU contingent competed in the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) National Case Study Competition. The final round of the competition and public presentations were held during ITERA's Ninth Annual Conference on Telecommunications and Information Technology April 8-10 in Indianapolis.

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Universities Save Millions by Carving out Drug Plans from Health Insurance
Thursday, May 05, 2011 (1360 reads)

May 02, 2011/Crain's Detroit Business

In 2002, the University of Michigan contracted with eight health insurers and HMOs to offer group health coverage to its employees and manage rising prescription benefits.

But Keith Bruhnsen, UM’s prescription drug plan manager and assistant director of benefits, did not like the rising cost trend he was seeing with employee prescriptions.

“We had been seeing 15 percent to 20 percent annual cost increases” for UM’s prescription benefits, which were managed by insurers and health plans, Bruhnsen said.

So in 2003 UM “decided to carve out prescription benefits” from the health plans, most of which had been contracting that service out to large pharmacy benefit management companies, Bruhnsen said.

“We saved $8.6 million the first year,” he said.

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Detroit Enters $1 Million Competition to Raise Number of Degree-holders
Thursday, May 05, 2011 (1053 reads)

May 02, 2011/Crain's Detroit Business


Metro Detroit has accepted a challenge to increase the number of degrees it produces locally over the next three years in a competition with at least 27 other metros around the country.


Launched by Chicago-based CEOs for Cities, the contest puts Southeast Michigan in the running for a $1 million national marketing campaign promoting its focus on a highly educated workforce.


It also brings together disparate local efforts that work on talent development in the region.


“Much more important than winning the prize is building the collaboration among universities, colleges and other organizations” while increasing degree completion, said University of Michigan-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little, who is co-chairing a local steering committee for the contest with Richard Rassel, chairman of Butzel Long PC.

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UM Student Startups Excel At Rice University Competition
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 (1152 reads)

April 19, 2011/CBS Detroit

The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business today announced that several student-run startups have been awarded top prizes at this year’s Rice University Business Plan Competition, the world’s largest and richest graduate-level business plan competition.

The two winning teams, Regenerate and Are You a Human, both started their business plan competition season the UM’s Michigan Business Challenge, and together took home $216,000 in total cash prizes and investment dollars at the RBPC, which took place April 14-16.

Beating out more than 500 original business plan submittals and 42 competing teams, Are You A Human took second place in the competition. The company, which has developed a game-based human authentication tool that replaces the distorted text images known as CAPTCHAs, won $15,000 for this achievement and also went on to win the Most Promising Technology Start-Up award, for an additional $100,000 investment.

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WSU Researcher Files For Patent On Chlamydia Vaccine
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 (1178 reads)

April 19, 2011/CBS Detroit

A Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher has developed a potential first-ever vaccine for Chlamydia, the world’s most prevalent sexually transmitted disease and the leading cause of new cases of blindness.

Judith Whittum-Hudson, professor of immunology and microbiology, internal medicine and ophthalmology, has identified three peptides that have demonstrated a vaccine effect to inoculate against Chlamydia successfully in an animal model. Those findings could result in a vaccine for humans.

Patent applications on the technology have been filed by Wayne State University and licensed to a start-up company.

While Chlamydia infection can be readily addressed with a regimen of antibiotics, the treatment does not prevent re-infection. Treatment with antibiotics too early after infection may interfere with the natural development of immunity to Chlamydia, Whittum-Hudson said, and significant portions of the world lack access to basic health care infrastructure that could offer treatment through antibiotics.

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Should We Free Our Public Universities?
Monday, April 18, 2011 (1141 reads)

April 15, 2011/Dome Magazine


Governor Snyder proposes the largest, one-year cut in state aid to higher education in recent history. Only by adhering to certain accomplishments, like holding tuition rates to 7 percent and increasing graduation rates, can the state’s universities take a hit as low as 15 percent. Otherwise, the reduction is larger. This comes after a decade of cuts to higher education.


Is it unthinkable, in a steady decline of state support, for public universities to think “private?”


My view is “yes,” it’s unthinkable and detrimental.


What’s the quid pro quo? If universities declared independence from the state, what would they gain? Michigan’s constitution grants broad autonomy to its 15 institutions. They are free to establish fields of discipline, admittance and graduation requirements, tuition and fees, curricula, their physical plants, and nearly all other policies and procedures.

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CMU Officials focus on Cutting Expenditures, Maintaining Quality Education
Friday, April 15, 2011 (1081 reads)

April 15, 2011/The Saginaw News

MOUNT PLEASANT -- With an expected decrease in state appropriations, Central Michigan University President George Ross said the university is working on ways to save money.

"We will not not sacrifice academic quality," he said at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday.

With Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget, Michigan's public universities could face at least a 15 percent cut in operational funds from the state. The proposal includes incentives for universities that keep tuition rate raises below 7.1 percent over five years.

CMU officials are working toward implementing additional cost savings. Ross said he will not lay off employees or add furlough days to save money.

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Ferris Conference Seeks To Wean U.S. Off Oil
Friday, April 15, 2011 (1081 reads)

April 14, 2011/CBS Detroit

A blunt assessment of America’s energy problems from Congress’ just-retired “Mr. Science” kicked off Day Two of the Michigan Energy Conference at Ferris State University Wednesday.

“Why do you think we’re in Afghanistan? Why do you think we went into Iraq? Why do you think we’re worried about Libya? Because they are places with oil and oil is a precious resource,” former Congressman Vern Ehlers, a Ph.D. physicist, said at the event in Big Rapids.

Ehlers said that energy is intangible to most people — and that he wishes it was bright purple, so people could tell when it’s being wasted.

Ehlers urged a radical rethinking of how we approach energy sources. Instead of dividing them into renewable vs. non-renewable, Ehlers put them into the categories of a family budget, “income,” “savings” and “inheritance.”

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New Filter Technology from Michigan Tech
Friday, April 15, 2011 (1039 reads)

April 14, 2011/CBS Detroit

A scanning electron microscopy image of the carbon nanotube-coated filter. For comparison, the inset is bare stainless steel mesh.

Water and oil may not mix, but, like two boxers nearing the end of the final round, they can get awfully tangled up.

Now, Michigan Technological University scientists Yoke Khin Yap and Jaroslaw Drelich have created a filter that separates the two substances as quickly and cleanly as a ref breaking up a clinch.

Their fine, stainless steel mesh is coated with carbon nanotubes about 10 microns across.

“They have a super-honeycomb structure that repels water,” said Yap, an associate professor of physics. “But they like organic stuff, like oil.”

The team poured an emulsion of water and gasoline over the filter to test it. Sure enough, the gas dripped through; all but 20 percent of the water stayed put.

It’s not as if you could filter the Gulf of Mexico through the device, Yap cautioned. Their prototype is about the size of a quarter. Plus, the water drops can actually clog the spaces between the nanotubes, making it hard for anything to get through.

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Michigan Tech No. 1 In Peace Corps Master’s Volunteers for Sixth Straight Year
Sunday, April 10, 2011 (1042 reads)

April 10, 2011/CBS Detroit

Michigan Technological University once again has more Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) graduate students actively serving as Peace Corps volunteers than any other college or university in the nation.

Michigan Tech has 32 PCMI students currently on Peace Corps assignments. There are also a number of students on campus fulfilling the academic portions of their master’s degrees.

The national Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., announced today that Michigan Tech has earned the top spot for the sixth consecutive year. Tulane University placed second, and the University of Washington was third.

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UM Gets $8 Mllion Grant To Improve Children’s Health Care
Sunday, April 10, 2011 (1069 reads)

April 10, 2011/CBS Detroit

University of Michigan researchers have received a four-year, $8 million grant to help develop, test and refine pediatric health care measures for children in the United States.

Gary L. Freed, M.D., Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of the Children’s Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, will be the principal investigator leading a team of at least 10 researchers and at least eight partners and research centers and organizations, including the State of Michigan Medicaid Program.

The University of Michigan was one of seven top medical centers in the country to receive such grants, which will be used to improve the quality and outcomes of health care for the country’s children, including the almost 40 million children enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP.

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MSU Partners with US Commerce Dept to Increase Exports for Michigan Businesses
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 (1031 reads)

April 6, 2011/Capital Gains

For small to medium sized businesses, the idea of international exporting never makes it beyond the idea stage. It can be prohibitively expensive to even determine if a overseas market exists, let alone the cost of then making it happen.

Thanks to a partnership between the MSU International Business Center and the US Department of Commerce, that process is about to become easier and more affordable for Michigan businesses.

“There are all kinds of trade-offs that companies have to make,” says Tomas Hult, Director of the MSU IBC, “and we want to help them get rid of some of those trade-offs.”

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Funding Formula Idea Worries Leaders at State Universities
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 (1216 reads)

April 6, 2011/Lansing State Journal


Testifying last month in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon called Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed cut to state university funding "brutal."


She couldn't have called them unexpected.


MSU had planned for a $37 million dip in its state appropriations next year and for a tuition increase of about 7 percent to offset it, keeping its general fund budget at just over $1 billion.


Under Snyder's plan, which cuts higher education funding by 15 percent, more for individual schools if they fail to keep tuition increases under 7 percent, MSU would lose $42 million.


MSU may not get so close to the mark in 2013. That's not solely because of uncertainty in the state's finances. It's because Snyder is proposing changes to the rules.

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Universities Cry Foul over Gov. Rick Snyder's Plan that Cuts Funding, Tries to Restrict Rising Tuition Increases
Thursday, March 24, 2011 (1108 reads)

March 23, 2011/Booth Newspapers

Day 81: 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

Gov. Rick Snyder’s higher education budget that ties additional state aid to tuition restraint violates the constitutional autonomy of Michigan’s 15 public universities and fails to treat the schools like the unique institutions they are, school officials are telling lawmakers during budget hearings.

Eric Gilbertson, president of Saginaw Valley State University, today was the latest, telling a Senate committee hat Snyder’s proposed spending plan is based on the “simplistic notion that one size fits all.” And in doing so, particularly punishes growing universities like SVSU that have sought to keep tuition low.

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Michigan Tech President Tells House, Senate: Universities are the Engine Driving Economic Recovery
Thursday, March 24, 2011 (1140 reads)

March 24, 2011/Michigan Tech News

By Jennifer Donovan

Testifying before the Michigan House and Senate subcommittees on higher education in Lansing this week, Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz painted a promising picture of the relationship between universities and a robust  economy.

“This state and nation need the scientific and technological breakthroughs that cause dramatic increases in production and efficiency,” he said, “and these breakthroughs are dependent on the faculty, staff, students and graduates of research universities. It is these people who, through excellent education and technological innovation, can attract the capital that will create the jobs that will change Michigan.”

But, Mroz went on to say, there is a stunning disconnect between the state University’s growth and its state support.

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Detroit Grows Faster Than Silicon Valley in Tech Jobs
Thursday, March 24, 2011 (1596 reads)

March 24, 2011/Bloomberg

As a group of Ford Motor Co. (F) managers in blue jeans sat down to interview a suit-wearing candidate from a California technology company this month, they jokingly offered to cut off his tie to put him at ease.

Auto industry executives are trying to make Silicon Valley engineers feel at home in Detroit. With a burgeoning number of technology job openings to fill, they’re scouring Internet companies for workers, wining and dining applicants, and seeking promising students at schools such as Stanford University.

“We have a whole slew of job postings out there currently,” said Doug VanDagens, director of Ford’s connected service solutions, who has been trying to lure engineers to the automaker to design software. “We’re just on a growth binge.”

Expertise in cloud computing, mobile software applications and energy management are in demand in the Motor City as automakers replace car stereos with Internet radio and gasoline engines with motors powered by lithium-ion batteries.

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$100 Million Anonymous Gift will Support New WMU Medical School
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (1112 reads)

March 22, 2011/WMU News


KALAMAZOO--A $100 million cash gift, the largest ever made to a Michigan college or university, will be used to give birth to a private medical school at a public institution--Western Michigan University.


Announced March 22 by WMU President John M. Dunn, the anonymous gift is among the 10 largest cash gifts ever made to an American public university and the 15th largest in the history of American higher education. The gift will serve as the foundation funding for a school of medicine that WMU is developing in partnership with Kalamazoo's two major hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare.


"Yesterday, I spoke with our donors to express the extreme gratitude of this University and this community," Dunn said at a morning news conference. "This is a historic gift and a historic moment. With their gift, these generous donors are endorsing the vision we've developed with our partners. It's a vision that will transform this community by leveraging its legacy and unique resources."

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Oakland University Makes Strides in Quest to be a Top College
Monday, March 14, 2011 (1539 reads)

March 13, 2011


The Golden Grizzlies and their NCAA berth may be the talk of the town at Oakland University, but one of the biggest events in this school's 54-year history will have nothing to do with sports.


In August, 50 prospective doctors will don sleek white coats for a symbolic ceremony to mark the opening of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.


The medical school marks just the latest evolution for the university, where enrollment has grown, degree programs have been added and more students see OU as their first choice for college. It's an evolution that school leaders say will increase the stature of OU and help it compete with some of the big names in Michigan higher education.


OU President Gary Russi says it's only a matter of time.


"We think we are evolving into an absolute major player," Russi said.

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University Presidents Map Out Michigan’s New Businesses, Jobs
Friday, March 11, 2011 (1225 reads)

March 10, 2011/CBS Detroit


The presidents of the three University Research Corridor institutions and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will share a stage in Novi on Monday, March 21 to map out emerging business and job growth prospects at a business breakfast co-hosted by the URC and WWJ Newsradio 950.


The interactive panel discussion will take place at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, Ballroom B, 21111 Haggerty Road. Networking, registration and a continental breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m., with the panel discussion from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


The discussion, moderated by WWJ Technology Editor Matt Roush, features University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney, Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour and Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon.

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MAREC, GVSU Entrepreneurs To Market Solar Energy Credits
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 (1146 reads)

February 28, 2011

Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon has been certified as a generator of solar power, allowing the facility to gain revenue for the solar power it produces.

The certification, enabled by the state of Ohio, was developed through a partnership with Midwest Solar Aggregation Group, a subsidiary of Sustainable Energy Financing, a firm founded by Grand Valley-educated entrepreneurs Kyle Denning and Dan Kuipers.

MAREC is currently the largest solar generator in Michigan to receive this certification, and one of a few Michigan solar generators taking advantage of the emerging carbon offset market-based incentive.

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UM Study: 1.5 Million Jobs, $62 Billion Wages Tied To Great Lakes
Thursday, February 24, 2011 (1154 reads)

February 24, 2011/CBS Detroit

More than 1.5 million U.S. jobs are directly connected to the Great Lakes, generating $62 billion in wages annually, according to a new analysis by Michigan Sea Grant at the University of Michigan.

The analysis, released Thursday, is based on 2009 employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and represents a conservative estimate of direct employment related to the Great Lakes in several industries, according to the authors, Michigan Sea Grant’s assistant director, Jennifer Read, and research specialist Lynn Vaccaro.

“Many people don’t realize how large an impact the Great Lakes have across many large sectors of this region’s economy,” Read said. “The total number of jobs and the percentage of jobs by industry illustrate just how critical the Great Lakes are to the region. For example, there are more than 525,000 Great Lakes-related jobs in Michigan alone.”

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UM Student’s Invention Will Bring Clean Water To A Thirsty World
Monday, February 21, 2011 (1162 reads)

February 21, 2011/CBS

Cynthia Koenig knows that by reinventing the wheel she could change the world. In a few months, she hopes to make a difference in India.

Koenig, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, created the WaterWheel, a 20-gallon rolling water barrel and Wello, the business that distributes it in developing countries, where clean water is scarce.

After graduation this spring from UM’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Koenig plans to launch a pilot program in Rajasthan, India to test the WaterWheel’s social impact and health benefits. Her goal is to sell 5,000 wheels in 12 months, positively impacting the lives of 40,000 people. She is working with an Indian company to manufacture the wheel.

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