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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 (1370 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 (1448 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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College Admissions Experts Hope 2011 High School Graduates will be Better Prepared Academically
Monday, May 23, 2011 (975 reads)

May 23, 2011/Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Tom Dupuie pushed himself as a Kenowa Hills High School student, taking tougher classes, like higher mathematics and science.

“I was preparing myself for college,” said Dupuie, now a senior at Ferris State University who expects to finish up his degree on time.

“But some of my friends were taking classes like school store or yearbook,” he said. “Their grade-point averages might have been as high as mine or even higher, but I wonder how they did in college.”

Too often, college admissions experts said, those students did not fare as well, requiring remedial help. They may have had a high school diploma but not necessarily the skills needed to begin college.

Admissions officers from area colleges say it is too soon to tell how the revamped Michigan Merit Curriculum has changed high school students, since the first class affected has sent in applications and transcripts but won’t start classes until the fall.
But they are optimistic the Class of 2011 will be better prepared — and more high schoolers will realize they can handle the academic hurdles of higher education.

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The Case for Higher Education as a Priority
Friday, May 20, 2011 (1471 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 (1357 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 (1379 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 (1481 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 (1450 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 (1439 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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GVSU Launches Web Site Of School, Neighborhood Data
Friday, May 06, 2011 (1277 reads)

May 5, 2011/CBS Detroit

Grand Valley State University has developed a Web site designed to help Michigan residents and educators learn more about their schools and communities, and how they impact one another.


The Web site,, combines 2010 U.S. Census data with information from the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Community Health and local police departments and clerks. The site features visual markers that represent all traditional, charter and private schools in the state. Each marker representing a school can be selected to view information about that specific school or district, including enrollment characteristics and standardized test performance. is built on a platform similar to Google Maps and allows users to visually display information such as an area’s population, housing, vital records, crime, education, income, voting and transportation through color-coded maps. The site also features a comparison tool that allows users to compare up to five schools or districts using 40 different indicators.

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Western Michigan Students Win Case Study Competition
Friday, May 06, 2011 (1384 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 (1717 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 (1349 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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Grand Valley Reports Record Internships, Economic Impact
Monday, May 02, 2011 (1365 reads)

May 1, 2011/CBS News Detroit

The annual economic impact that Grand Valley State University has on the region rose by nearly $40 million to $680.4 million in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The university issued its yearly economic impact report during its April 29 Board of Trustees meeting.

Grand Valley also reported a record number of students are getting practical experience in the work force, saving employers money and keeping more graduates in Michigan.
The economic impact report covers Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties. The university employs more than 3,000 people and brings nearly 25,000 students to West Michigan.

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