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Higher Ed's Lobbyist Stays Positive Despite Tough Budget Battles
Friday, July 31, 2009 (0 reads)


Dome Magazine/July 16, 2009

Could higher education get much lower? Legislators want to chop state spending on higher education...During the last five years, Michigan has dropped to 50th place among the states in higher education appropriations.   Read the article in July, 2009 Dome on Michael Boulus




Students: Cutting Aid is Breaking Promise
Friday, July 24, 2009 (781 reads)


July 23, 2009/Gongwer News Services

Cutting student financial aid programs, particularly the Michigan Promise grant, is braking a promise to college students that the state would support higher education, some of those students argued in a press conference Thursday.


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Bill Gates speech to NCSL, July 21,2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 (833 reads)


These are not ordinary times. We’re in a severe economic downturn – and you, as state legislators, may have a more complete picture of the impact of this recession than anyone else in the country. You are forced to balance your budgets – even as the recession increases your expenditures and cuts your revenues. Your constituents are losing their jobs, their savings, and their homes – and everywhere you go, people are asking you to make it better. This is a painful time. But difficult times can spark great reforms – and changes we can make now can help us come out of the downturn stronger than when we entered.

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Quick Chat with Carol Coletta of CEOs for Cities Before Our Aug. 3 Speaker Series -- Sign up!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 (863 reads)


July 21, 2009/Model D

Carol Coletta is armed with some data and some tough love numbers for cities like Detroit, with an emphasis on the love part. "Fifty-eight percent of success of any city is tied to the percentage of college educated people in your population," says Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities and host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show, Smart City. "It's not always and comfortable fact for a cities, but we have to embrace it," she says. Coletta will talk about what this means for Detroit, and offer other data that will paint a picture of what Detroit has and lacks in terms of attracting and retaining talented people when she joins us for a talk at the Model D Speaker Series on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009.



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Universities aim to maintain excellence
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 (715 reads)


The Detroit Free Press seems to have given up the vision of Michigan as a great state, capable of reclaiming its position of leadership and prosperity in the U.S. How else to explain the recent editorial demanding that the state's most important economic development engines, our public universities, resign themselves ...

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Joint engineering program wins innovation award
Monday, July 20, 2009 (756 reads)


July 21, 2009/Western Michgian University

A joint engineering program between Western Michigan University and Kellogg Community College was named a 2009 Innovation Michigan award winner during Business Review's annual Innovation Michigan awards ceremony July 16 in Grand Rapids.


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College Scholarships in Limbo in Tussle over 'Promise'
Friday, July 17, 2009 (696 reads)


August 17, 2009/The Detroit News

More than 96,000 students will head to college campuses in the next few weeks still unsure of whether the state will honor their Michigan Promise Scholarship awards. The students earned the state-funded merit scholarship -- worth up to $4,000 -- but lawmakers in Lansing haven't come up with the money for the program.


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Needed now: Tax reform in Michigan
Thursday, July 16, 2009 (813 reads)


Wednesday, July 15,2009/The Lansing City Pulse

Why does it seem like every time an economist hauls out a chart or graph on Michigan’s economy, the lines are always pointing in the wrong direction? Unemployment levels? Going up. The average Michigan salary compared to every other state? Going down. The average income for the state’s wealthiest? Going Up. The average income for the state’s middle class? Straight across.


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Editorial: Don't change role of community colleges
Friday, July 10, 2009 (960 reads)


The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board/July 10, 2009

There should be compelling evidence to support the state fundamentally changing the higher education system.State lawmakers should reject legislation that would allow community colleges to grant bachelor's degrees in certain fields. No convincing case has been made to support shifting the structure of higher education so dramatically.


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Universities aim to maintain excellence
Monday, July 06, 2009 (1062 reads)


July 5, 2009/The Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press seems to have given up the vision of Michigan as a great state, capable of reclaiming its position of leadership and prosperity in the United States and the world. How else to explain the recent editorial demanding that the state's most important economic development engines, our public universities, resign themselves to becoming second- or third-class institutions ("Universities blind to Michigan's misery," June 29).


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U-M budget helps state economy
Monday, July 06, 2009 (870 reads)


July 6, 2009/The Detroit News Commentary

In recent months, we've watched in dismay as some of Michigan's most stable and venerable businesses have downsized or failed. Our state's economic tsunami has swelled unemployment rolls and devastated communities from Lake Erie to Lake Superior. At a time when Michigan has the highest unemployment of all 50 states -- 14.1 percent in June and rising -- the University of Michigan offers hope. The university is one of the state's largest and most respected employers and one of the few employers in the state to avoid large-scale layoffs.


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