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High Pay for Low Skill Will No Longer be the Michigan Way
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 (1082 reads)

September 28, 2010/The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board

With apologies to the Realtors who invented the original joke, nearly everybody agrees the three keys to success for Michigan’s economic future are: Education, education, education.


How’s that going for us? Not too well, if recent statistics from the Lumina Foundation for Education are any measure. The figures come in the foundation’s report, “A stronger nation through higher education,” the latest assessment of the Indianapolis-based group’s “big goal” that 60 percent of the U.S. population have a high-quality post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.

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Restoration of 'Old Federal Building' to Begin This Fall
Monday, September 20, 2010 (642 reads)

September 13, 2010


Ferris State University joined with Kendall College of Art and Design, the city of Grand Rapids and the Christman Company on September 13 to officially kickoff an extensive renovation of 148 Ionia Ave. – commonly known as the Old Federal Building.



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Entrepreneurial Autonomy Better than Bureaucratic System to Manage Michigan's Universities
Sunday, September 12, 2010 (1249 reads)

September 12, 2010/Ann


For more than a century, Michigan has had an entrepreneurial model of management for its public universities.


University autonomy, limiting intrusion of politicians and bureaucrats into the operation of our 15 public universities, was written into the state's 1963 Constitution. It has allowed community driven university boards to meet the needs of Michigan's students and communities, particularly businesses, in a nimble fashion. It's worked well - around the nation, no state boasts such a diverse group of high quality public universities.

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Placing Public Universities Under State Bureaucracy Is No Way to Go
Friday, September 10, 2010 (1159 reads)

September 10, 2010/Dome Magazine


Higher education governance has been in the news lately, driven by concerns about high tuition, affordability, and duplication of services.


Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), a business trade group, has suggested that efficiencies can be gained by greater management cooperation between the state’s 15 public university campuses. The eight Booth Newspapers collectively published a story suggesting that university independence is in part to blame for today’s affordability crisis — that the universities have too many duplicate programs, and too little coordination

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University of Michigan Prepares 174-acre Site to Serve as Incubator
Thursday, September 09, 2010 (1437 reads)

September 9, 2010/Detroit Free Press

More than three years after Pfizer announced the closing of its massive pharmaceutical research campus in Ann Arbor, the 174-acre property is springing back to life, with grand ambitions for boosting southeast Michigan's economy.


The University of Michigan is in the midst of transforming the land and its 28 buildings into a next-generation research hub where scientists, engineers and others will work closely with local businesses.

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Saginaw Valley State University president says, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 (1086 reads)

August 22, 2010/The Saginaw News


Business Leaders for Michigan, a private, nonprofit executive leadership group, has suggested the state’s higher education system is too costly and inefficient. The Saginaw News asked Saginaw Valley State University President Eric R. Gilbertson what he thinks about the organization’s suggestions and how the system compares nationwide. He responded Friday in an e-mail with his thoughts.

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Federal Stimulus money to fund faster Internet in Northern Michigan
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 (1297 reads)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010/Gaylord Herald Times

GAYLORD — Another $70 million federal grant will allow Merit Network, Inc. to construct a 1,210-mile fiberoptic network offering an “interstate” of broadband Internet service across Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

The project, titled REACH-3MC II (Rural, Education, Anchor, Community, Healthcare - Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative) is the second of its kind to earn Ann Arbor-based Merit Network federal funding to provide “middle-mile” broadband to the region.

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Michigan Tech Tackles Challenge Of Invasive Reed
Thursday, September 02, 2010 (1036 reads)

September 2, 2010/GLITR


Phragmites australis, aka the common reed, an increasingly troublesome invasive species in Michigan.Phragmites australis is an uncommon term for an increasingly common sight in the wetlands and along the beaches of the Great Lakes. It’s the scientific name for the common reed, a fast-growing perennial wetland grass.


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Bay County to connect to Saginaw Valley State University Fiber Optic Lines; Could Lead to Multi-County Collaboration
Thursday, September 02, 2010 (1022 reads)

September 08, 2010/The Bay City Times

BAY CITY — For now, Bay County will use its access to a quicker fiber optic line to help back up important county data if there is a disaster.


But the free access to Saginaw Valley State University’s fiber line eventually could lead to more regional collaboration between Bay and Saginaw counties.

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$6 Million Grant Helps MSU Expand Broadband Coverage To Urban Centers
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 (1091 reads)

August 25, 2010/Capital Gains


By Suban Nur Cooley


Michigan State University has received a $6 million federal grant to help expand broadband access by creating more public computer centers in urban areas in Michigan.

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