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To Return Michigan to Prosperity, Fund Higher Education
Friday, April 14, 2017 (51 reads)

April 14, 2017/Bridge 

Guest Commentary: Daniel Hurley

In today’s economy, it’s a perilous proposition for anyone to ignore the reality that for our youth, the best path to a middle-class job is through college, with a four-year degree a vital waypost.

That being true, it’s imperative that we take steps to recognize the vital role of our public universities in creating college graduates for Michigan, and for our state to reinvest in our talented students in a major way.

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College Attainment Drives State Per Capita Income
Thursday, March 09, 2017 (155 reads)

March 8, 2017/Michigan Future

Rather than low taxes, Michigan’s economic success strategy has to be preparing, retaining and attracting talent––particularly those with a four year degree or more.

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Michigan Research Universities Spin Out More Startups, Report Finds
Monday, February 13, 2017 (358 reads)

February 5, 2017, MiBiz

By Mark Sanchez

The number of startup companies spun out of Michigan’s top three research universities trended higher as of mid-decade, a possible product of heightened support for entrepreneurship in recent years.

Schools that make up the University Research Corridor spun out 22 startup companies in 2015, easily surpassing a five-year average, according to an annual report published by the research consortium.

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WSU President Wilson to Chair Medical Colleges Board
Thursday, December 22, 2016 (551 reads)

December 20, 2016/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

The president of Wayne State University has been named chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges board of directors, officials announced Tuesday.

Beginning in November, President M. Roy Wilson will chair the board of the AAMC — a nonprofit association working to improve health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Members include 164 accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, nearly 400 teaching hospitals and health systems and more than 80 academic societies.

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WMU Named Among Top Institutions for Serving Veterans
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (396 reads)

November 8 2016/WWMT.COM

Kalamazoo, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Western Michigan University is also one of the top institutions in the country when it comes to serving veterans.
Military Times placed WMU on its list for best colleges and universities for veterans.
WMU is the only school in the state to appear on the list all eight years.
The list is based on several factors, including accommodations and financial incentives for student with military ties.

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No Backsliding in Michigan Graduation Requirements
Friday, September 02, 2016 (582 reads)

September 1, 2016/The Detroit News

By Daniel Hurley, CEO

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

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

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MSU President Honored by Women's Hall of Fame
Monday, August 22, 2016 (467 reads)

Lansing State Journal/August 10, 2016

by Beth LeBlanc

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

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

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James Smith Takes Reins As Eastern Michigan University President
Monday, July 11, 2016 (446 reads)

July 2, 2016/WEMU 89.1

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

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

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Higher Ed is Key to a State’s Success, and Should be Supported
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 (839 reads)

April 26, 2016/Bridge 

Guest Commentary by Daniel Hurley

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

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

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STEM Inspires College Students to Fight Disease
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 (886 reads)

December 2 2015/U.S. News

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

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

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

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U-M College Prep Program to Offer Full Scholarships
Friday, October 23, 2015 (1043 reads)

U-M College Prep Program to Offer Full Scholarships

October 23, 2015/Detroit Free Press

By David Jesse

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

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

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