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How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College
Monday, August 04, 2014 (117 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 (285 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 (223 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 (246 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 (82 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 (159 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 (145 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 (157 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 (206 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 (235 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 (252 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 (265 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: www.mitalent.org.

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 (208 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 (214 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 (186 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 (220 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 (194 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 (225 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 (224 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 (181 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 (216 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 (195 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 (218 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 (212 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 (239 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 (278 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 (316 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 (350 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 (345 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 (324 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 (424 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 (447 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 (281 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 (334 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 (312 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 (469 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 (291 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 (699 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 (337 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 (333 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 (302 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 (306 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 (265 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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Wayne State Shows Off Amazing Biotech In Tech Tour Preview
Sunday, October 13, 2013 (360 reads)


October 13, 2013/CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) – I start my annual fall Tech Tour of the technology transfer offices at the major research universities of northern Michigan, mid-Michigan and West Michigan Wednesday.

So last Friday, it seemed only appropriate to kick things off with a fall Tech Tour of southeast Michigan’s great urban university, Wayne State.

My day began with the genial Joan Dunbar, vice president of technology commercialization since May. She’s running a recently reorganized department based at Wayne State’s 5057 Woodward building, the former Maccabees Insurance headquarters, with satellite offices at the School of Engineering and three full-time licensing associates, one in life sciences, one in medical devices, and one in advanced automotive and cleantech.


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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 (318 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 (358 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 (384 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 (401 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 (509 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 (168 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 (427 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 (364 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 (403 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 (323 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 (605 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 (460 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 (515 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 (455 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 (433 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 (441 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 (507 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 (464 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 (501 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 (488 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 (490 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 (436 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 (418 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 (395 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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Study: Michigan Will Need More College Graduates to Remedy Skills Shortage
Friday, March 22, 2013 (431 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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Grand Valley Among Nation’s Top Schools For Sustainable Practices
Friday, March 22, 2013 (464 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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Researchers Invited to Learn Essentials of Entrepreneurship
Thursday, March 21, 2013 (435 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 (712 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 (405 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 (449 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 (493 reads)


Feb 26, 2013/AnnArbor.com

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 (677 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 (530 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 (464 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 (507 reads)


February 11, 2013/Mlive.com

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 (468 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 (562 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 (520 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 (496 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 (484 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 (502 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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GVSU Internships, Other Field Placements up 40 percent, Says President
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (498 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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SVSU Festival to Bring in Visitors by the Thousands
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (525 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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Detroit Economic Club's 2013 Michigan Economic Outlook: Retaining Talent, Improving Higher Ed Key to State's Success
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 (536 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 (609 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 (554 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 (687 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 (623 reads)


November 27, 2012/Ann Arbor.com

 

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 (646 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 (590 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 (628 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 (645 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 (609 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 (668 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 (619 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 (596 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 (561 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 (693 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 (690 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 (671 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 (753 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 (616 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 (616 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 (624 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 (562 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 (618 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 (542 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 (689 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 (626 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 (659 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 (638 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 (556 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 (585 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 (627 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 (562 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 (682 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 (594 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 (572 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 (780 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 (628 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 (634 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 (605 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 (614 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 (565 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 (614 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 (607 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 (592 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 (680 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 (776 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 (656 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 (662 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 (637 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 (605 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 (648 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 (626 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 (684 reads)


March 29, 2012/Mlive.com

 

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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New Report Reveals TechTown’s Economic Impact On Detroit
Monday, March 26, 2012 (752 reads)


March 26, 2012/CBS News Detroit


 

DETROIT — TechTown, Wayne State University’s business incubator and research park, continues to play an important role in Detroit’s economic revitalization, according to a new report issued by the organization this month.

 

The “impact report” highlights milestone achievements in entrepreneurship and economic activity between 2007 and 2011 in and around the City of Detroit.

 

TechTown currently supports 250 companies in industries ranging from the life sciences and advanced manufacturing to the arts and alternative energy through its 100,000 square-foot facility.



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Commentary: College Funding Key to Future
Friday, March 23, 2012 (636 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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Colleges: International Students Key to Michigan’s Economic Growth
Friday, March 23, 2012 (583 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 (597 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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Phil Power: Officials Can be Worlds Apart on education priorities
Thursday, March 22, 2012 (598 reads)


March 22, 2012/LivingstonDaily.com 


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 (673 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 (627 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 (649 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 (573 reads)


March 13, 2012/Mlive.com


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 (627 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 (622 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 (638 reads)


February 26, 2012/AnnArbor.com


 

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 (647 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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Squeeze More Dollars for Michigan's Colleges
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (620 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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U-M to Lead Michigan University Technology Commercialization Initiative
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (604 reads)


February 21, 2012/Ann Arbor.com

 
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 (578 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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WSU Researcher’s Model Will Target Causes Of Everyday MS Symptoms
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 (586 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 (581 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 (636 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 (568 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 (611 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 (612 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 (737 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 (527 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 (627 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 (673 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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Institutions Work Together to Make Transferring Easier
Monday, January 09, 2012 (659 reads)


January 9, 2012/The Washtenaw Voice

Chad Doxey wants to go to the University of Michigan, but is attending Washtenaw Community College for two years first.

“I hope to start at the U-M in the fall of 2013, pending admission, of course,” said the 36-year old Liberal Arts Transfer major from Ann Arbor.

With the high cost of tuition today, many students like Doxey look to WCC as a springboard to other colleges and universities. But how it is best done, specifically, isn’t always clear to them.


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Education Supplement: Bursting the Tuition Bubble
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 (700 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 (682 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 (722 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 (690 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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SVSU Model United Nations Team Bests 80 Other Schools, Wins Best Delegation
Thursday, December 01, 2011 (726 reads)


December 1, 2011/SVSU News


Students from Saginaw Valley State University competed against counterparts from top colleges and universities across the nation at the American Model United Nations conference in Chicago November 19-22. 

In the competition, each team simulates a country in the United Nations. SVSU was awarded best delegation for its portrayal of the Russian Federation, marking the first time SVSU has taken top honors in its five years of competition.


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Education in Tune with Industry Raises Michigan Tech’s Job Placement Rate to Nearly 95 Percent
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (656 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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GVSU, MOCAP Bring Solar Power To Income-Eligible Households
Monday, November 28, 2011 (597 reads)


November 27, 2011/CBS News Detroit

 

MUSKEGON — Grand Valley State University is part of an initiative to bring renewable energy technology to income-qualified households and programs that serve income-eligible individuals in Muskegon and Oceana counties.

 

Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership Inc. (MOCAP) was awarded a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through a Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers grant. It allows several Michigan contractors to install one or more systems at residential and income-eligible group care facilities.



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Detroit’s Tech Town: An Incubator of Creativity
Monday, November 28, 2011 (801 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 (666 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 (621 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 (641 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 (653 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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Tech Bucks National Trend in Graduate Enrollment
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (650 reads)


October 18, 2011/MTU Tech Today


 

Across the United States, enrollment of new graduate students has declined somewhat, while the overall graduate school enrollment has increased only slightly (1.1 percent). However, those newest numbers, reported by the Council of Graduate Schools, are not reflected at Tech.

 

Bucking the national trend, graduate student enrollment here has increased nearly everywhere on campus. Total graduate enrollment sits at a new record of 1,303, while new master's students have increased 6.9 percent, and new doctoral students have increased 4.3 percent.



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Wayne State Gets Licenses For Breakthrough Approaches to Vision Restoration
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (643 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 (637 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 (656 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 (661 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 (675 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 (646 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 (651 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 (650 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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Tech Tour Day Five, Too: Ferris State Spectacular
Monday, October 03, 2011 (597 reads)


October 3, 2011/CBS Detroit


 

Ferris State University, GLITR, Tech Tour Ferris State University is one of those schools that isn’t afraid to let its nerd flag fly.

 

Its roots are in a private vocational school, and it’s still in the two-year associate’s degree business in some technologies that are important to society but rarely degreed — rubber engineering technology, for instance.



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Census 2010: SVSU Officials Tackle State's Low College Graduation Rates
Monday, September 26, 2011 (716 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 (662 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 (679 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 (699 reads)


September 20, 2011/MLive.com

 

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 (594 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 (810 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 (637 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 (979 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 (800 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 (840 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 (725 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 (784 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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Eastern Michigan University to Help Address Failing Schools as Part of Governor Snyder's Plan
Monday, June 20, 2011 (971 reads)


June 20, 2011/Eastern Michigan University News

 

YPSILANTI –  Eastern Michigan University is part of a newly created authority to run failing public schools in Michigan under a series of broad changes announced today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

 

The plan would restructure the Detroit Public Schools by moving some of its schools under an 11-member authority, which would include two members appointed by EMU, and to be run by the district's emergency manager, Roy Roberts.

 

Two members would be appointed by the Detroit Public Schools and seven by the governor.
EMU is the only one of Michigan’s 15 public universities to be involved in the project.

 

“We are excited and proud to collaborate in this partnership,” said Roy Wilbanks, chair of the EMU Board of Regents. “We are delighted to be involved and help play a leadership role in the education of Michigan’s children.”



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Keep Higher Ed a Top Priority
Monday, June 13, 2011 (739 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 (777 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 (720 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 (778 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 (825 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 (686 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 (716 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 (728 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 (805 reads)


May 12, 2011/MLive.com
 
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 (774 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 (700 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, www.Mi-School.net, 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.

 

Mi-School.net 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 (699 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 (963 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 (700 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 (702 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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WSU Researcher Files For Patent On Chlamydia Vaccine
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 (818 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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UM Student Startups Excel At Rice University Competition
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 (760 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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Should We Free Our Public Universities?
Monday, April 18, 2011 (806 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 (709 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 (735 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 (693 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 (679 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 (708 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 (681 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 (871 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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Detroit in Top 5 Markets for Engineering Services Sector Hiring
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (773 reads)


Detroit comes in at No. 5 for the metro areas with the most new job ads posted for the engineering services sector over the last 90 days, according to Wanted Analytics.

 

Since January, there have been 764 new postings for jobs in this sector in metro Detroit — up 89.6 percent from the same period last year.

 

Civil, electrical, mechanical, industrial and environmental engineers make up the top five occupations in the sector, showing increases ranging from 69-104 percent compared to last year at this time.



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Detroit Grows Faster Than Silicon Valley in Tech Jobs
Thursday, March 24, 2011 (1215 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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Michigan College Students Protest Higher Education Cuts at State Capitol
Thursday, March 24, 2011 (648 reads)


March 24, 2011


LANSING -- More than 150 university students gathered today on the steps of the Capitol to protest proposed state cuts to higher education.

 

Carrying picket signs that read "We are the future," the students, who are from several universities statewide, including Michigan State, are upset over a proposal by Gov. Rick Snyder to slash funding for universities by $42 million.

 

Stefan Johnson, 34, a master's student studying anthropology at MSU, said he feared the proposed cuts would force universities to hike tuition next year.



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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 (786 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 mlive.com/stateofchange.

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 (786 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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$100 Million Anonymous Gift will Support New WMU Medical School
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (771 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 (1173 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 (875 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 (808 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 (816 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 (814 reads)


February 21, 2011/CBS Detroit.com

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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UM Transplants 500th Lung
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 (825 reads)


February 16, 2011/CBS Detroit


The University of Michigan Transplant Center in Ann Arbor celebrated a milestone recently, performing its 500th lung transplant. But there’s much more to this story than a number.

UM surgeons performed both transplant No. 499 and No. 500 almost simultaneously on Jan. 3. Both recipients were saved by a single organ donor.

No. 499 is Jack Wagner, a 64-year-old from Brighton. No. 500 is Dan Roy, a 64-year-old from Brownstown Township. Both men had Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. A diagnosis of IPF is not much better than a death sentence: there is no treatment and the survival rate is less than three years. In fact, Roy’s older brother died of the same disease before he could get a transplant.


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Obama Plugs Wired Marquette
Friday, February 11, 2011 (761 reads)


February 10, 2011/MIRS News

 

President Barack OBAMA held up the city of Marquette and Northern Michigan University (NMU) today as examples of how the United States can meet his State of the Union goal of having wireless Internet available to 98 percent of the country.

 

If the United States is going to continue to be an international economic powerhouse, access to high-speed Internet will be essential in attracting the new jobs and new business, he said.

 

More than 90 percent of homes in South Korea subscribe to the Internet, he said. Only 65 percent of U.S. households can say the same, the President said.

 

"When it comes to high-speed internet, the lights are still off in one-third of our households," Obama said. "For millions of Americans, the railway hasn't come yet."



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NMU Invited to Milan Design Show
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 (912 reads)


February 5, 2011/NMU News


MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University’s human-centered design program has been invited to participate in the annual Salone Satellite, a juried show for student and emerging designers in Milan, Italy. Eighteen students will exhibit prototypes of their creative research to an international audience of media, manufacturers and design professionals April 12-17.

 

Salone Satellite was introduced as a venue for young designers to complement the longstanding Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan International Furniture Fair). The latter showcases the work of established professionals who have teamed up with design-driven companies around the world to create new product lines. Salone Internazionale del Mobile is in its 50th year. It attracts nearly 400,000 visitors and, according to NMU Art and Design Professor Peter Pless, is regarded as the most important show in design.



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Japan Center earns Award for International Education
Monday, February 07, 2011 (654 reads)


February 6, 2011/The State News

By Beau Hayhoe

As soon as she returned from her study abroad program in Japan in the summer of 2008, Mandy Kline wanted to go back.

Through the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, or JCMU— where Kline, a psychology and Japanese senior, now works as a peer adviser — she found a new passion and developed the necessary language skills, both of which might some day allow her to return.

“I decided to add an additional degree because I loved it so much,” Kline said. “It kind of helped me to plan out my trajectory for my future.”




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GV Receives Environmental Certification from MTESP
Monday, February 07, 2011 (646 reads)


February 6, 2011/Grand Valley Lanthorn

By Molly Waite
 
At the end of 2010, Grand Valley State University became the first public university in Michigan to be certified by the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP).

The program aims to promote and communicate best management practices, adopt pollution prevention practices, control potential sources of pollution, comply with environmental laws and regulations, and reduce waste, said GVSU grounds supervisor Ken Stanton.

“This is quite an accomplishment at the university level,” he said. “To do this project requires a large commitment of time and resources.


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P&G Deal is Potential Seed for Research
Friday, January 21, 2011 (882 reads)


January 21, 2011/The Detroit News

MSU, U-M, WSU partnership aims to facilitate investment
 
A partnership between Procter & Gamble and Michigan’s top research universities could spur interest from more powerhouse companies and attract more research dollars to the state, university officials said Thursday.

The proposed agreement between Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer products company, and the University Research Corridor — Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University — was announced in Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address Wednesday evening and is expected to be signed over the next month. The master agreement — which streamlines legal hurdles between the parties to fast-track future research — will eventually be expanded to include all of Michigan’s 15 public universities, creating opportunities for students to learn from major   corporations, Snyder said.

“Agreements like this bring more companies and more exposure to the universities, and bring more companies engaged in research to the universities,” said Jeff Mason, executive director of the University Research Corridor. “By other companies seeing what the universities have done … hopefully they will see that the universities are open to this type of research engagement.”


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Blast Off! Tech Students’ Winning Satellite to Be Launched into Orbit
Thursday, January 20, 2011 (793 reads)


January 20, 2011/Michigan Tech News

A team of Michigan Technological University students has taken first place in the prestigious University Nanosat 6 competition, earning the rare privilege of having the Department of Defense launch their custom-made satellite into orbit.

The University Nanosat Program is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, which handpicked 11 university teams from dozens of applicants across the nation. Each of those 11 teams was then awarded a two-year contract to design and build a small satellite (“nanosat”) to perform a mission of its choosing. The program culminated with a flight competition review, held Jan. 16-17 in Albuquerque, N.M., adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base. By winning the competition, Michigan Tech received a contract to further develop its satellite and launch it into orbit aboard a DOD rocket.

“This is a major accomplishment by our students,” said William Predebon, chair of the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. “It’s just fantastic.”


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SVSU Selected for Partnership Program to Enhance U.S. Relations with China
Friday, January 14, 2011 (869 reads)


January 14, 2011/Saginaw Valley State News

Saginaw Valley State University is one of 10 higher education institutions nationwide selected for the International Academic Partnerships Program’s 2011 China initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Through the Institute of International Education, SVSU will engage in a series of activities designed to implement and sustain partnerships in China over the next year.

“This initiative is part of our commitment to support growing educational, cultural and commercial ties with China,” said Donald Bachand, SVSU Provost.  “These relationships are critical to our nation, and invaluable to our students.”


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LSSU Product Development Center and Frank McClelland Hit Center Ice with Skate Fenders
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (987 reads)


January 12, 2011/Lake Superior State University News

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A unique piece of protective skate gear is raising eyebrows in the hockey world and especially in the National Hockey League.

Lake Superior State University’s Product Development Center worked with inventor Frank McClelland of Gaylord to develop "Skate Fenders,"
tough, clear guards that fit over ice skate boots and fend off injuries to the foot and ankle from hockey pucks. McClelland's patented idea has caught on with hockey players everywhere.


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Guest Column: GVSU is Economic Development Engine for Michigan
Monday, January 10, 2011 (755 reads)


January 10, 2011/The Grand Rapids Press

A new team has taken charge in Lansing, elected to balance the state budget and chart a new course for 21st century job creation. Grand Valley State University has made a New Year’s resolution to do everything in our power to help lead Michigan to a more prosperous future. In fact, we are already well on our way.

I am heartened by Gov. Rick Snyder’s comments about the importance of education and the role it must play in our future. The governor recognizes that the states with the best economies are those with the most college graduates. It follows, then, that we should redouble our efforts to encourage Michigan’s high school students to continue their education after graduation.


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Carnegie Foundation Recognizes University of Michigan-Flint for Community Engagement
Monday, January 10, 2011 (723 reads)


January 10, 2011/Flint Journal

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has nationally recognized the University of Michigan-Flint for its community engagement, university leaders announced Monday.

The campus joins 311 colleges and universities in the nation with the same prestigious classification.

“It celebrates not only this campus but the entire community,” Chancellor Ruth Person said.


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EMU 'Keys to Degrees' Program to Help Young, Single Parents Earn Degree
Friday, January 07, 2011 (1439 reads)


January 04, 2011/Eastern Michigan University News


YPSILANTI - Higher education might seem impossible for young, single parents, but, thanks to the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, that goal will soon be within reach at Eastern Michigan University.

A specially designed pilot program, called "Keys to Degrees," will offer young parents the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in three years. The program will provide assistance in balancing academics, work and family obligations. It will also educate student-parents and their children on campus while helping them develop into active, contributing members of the community.

The program begins in summer 2011. It is designed to have the students live on campus in University apartments, attend classes year-round, and, depending on the major selected, to be eligible to graduate in three years.  

In addition, participants will have mentors with experience in their chosen career path, along with structured internship opportunities and ongoing guidance and instruction from campus and community resources.  Children will attend the EMU Children's Institute on campus.


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New Grand Valley State Building Will Pump up Conservation to Push Down Utility Costs
Thursday, December 30, 2010 (767 reads)


December 29, 2010/Crain's Detroit Business

Grand Valley State University has an ambitious goal for the new library it will open in 2013: The Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons will use half as much energy as a typical building its size.

Don't expect photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

The strategy isn't to replace one kind of power source with another, but to curtail energy use where ever possible.

"We looked at geothermal, solar cells and a solar wall," said Grand Valley's James Moyer, assistant vice president for facilities. "But, after an analysis, we discarded those options. Those systems would fail before we'd see a return on the investment. We went back to avoiding energy use, conserving."


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EMU Shows Off New Science Complex
Friday, December 17, 2010 (838 reads)


December 16, 2010/CBS Detroit


Eastern Michigan University Thursday formally unveiled the signature architectural touch of its $90 million science complex upgrade — a spherical planetarium suspended five stories above an open atrium area in an 80,000-square-foot laboratory, classroom and office addition to the Mark Jefferson Science Building.

The largest single construction project in the history of EMU, the addition will open at the start of second semester Jan. 5.

Once faculty and classes move into the addition, a renovation of the 41-year-old, 180,000-square-foot Jefferson building will begin, a project set for completion in 2012.

“This is a historic project in several respects,” said EMU president Susan Martin.


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LSSU Product Development Center Makes Business Easier for Marble Arms Of Gladstone
Thursday, December 16, 2010 (786 reads)


December 7, 2010/Lake Superior State University News
 

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – An Upper Peninsula gun sight-maker that has been in business for more than 100 years has been able to dramatically improve production and hire more employees since working with Lake Superior State University's Product Development Center.

 
The LSSU PDC has completed a major automation project for Marble Arms, which has been manufacturing gun sights and other wares in Gladstone since 1892. The PDC took Marble's time-tested method of making sights by hand and automated the process.

 
"Automating the assembly of gun sights was a complicated task requiring the handling of several small parts and automatically assembling them into a flip-up rear gun sight," said Eric Becks, one of the PDC's engineering project managers.


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Accelerate Michigan Names Student Winners
Monday, December 13, 2010 (898 reads)


December 11, 2010/CBS Detroit

 

Another day, more amazing company presentations at the Accelerate Michgian business plan competition at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor.

 

The bottom line: All those people who think America is moving in the wrong direction would feel a whole lot better about things if they were here.

 

A morning panel on funding cleantech startups in Michigan said the state is in the right place at the right time, with lots of opportunity in the cleantech market and lots of money available.



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School Zone Blog: How Michigan Compares to Other States on Higher-ed Spending
Friday, December 10, 2010 (756 reads)


December 10, 2010/Kalamazoo Gazette

Michigan spends about $1.8 billion a year on higher education, compared to $3.5 billion in North Carolina,  $2.3 billion in Georgia, $2.1 billion in New Jersey and $1.9 billion in Virginia -- all states with smaller populations than here.

That was my take-away from today's report from the New America Foundation,  nonpartisan think-tank. The policy brief analyzes use of federal stimulus funds in higher education -- specifically, the use of state fiscal stablization funds. As opposed to money given directly to universities for research projects, this was the money given to state governments to plug holes in their education budgets, both for K-12 and higher ed.

The report's conclusion -- "Education Stabilization funds appear to have played a significant role in higher education spending in a number of states, likely supporting higher education services while many other government services were being cut" -- was pretty blah. But what did catch my eye was the state-by-state comparisons on overall higher-ed spending.


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Michigan Tech Research Paper Places Tops in the World
Thursday, December 09, 2010 (1094 reads)


December 10, 2010/Michigan Tech News

Robbins Chair Professor Craig Friedrich co-authored prizewinning research paper.

At the Michigan Technological University Board of Control’s regular meeting on December 10, 2010, Chair Marty Richardson announced that work by a Michigan Tech professor, two alumni and a member of the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics External Advisory Board has been recognized with the prestigious Paul A. Siple Award for the best paper presented at the biennial Army Science Conference.

The Siple Award is the highest honor the Army can bestow for research. It is given to recognize the accomplishments of Army scientists and engineers. The Army Science Conference is a world-class science and engineering competition involving researchers from 25 countries.


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Michigan Universities Pool Funds To Buy More Cores
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 (762 reads)


December 7, 2010/Campus Technology

Two Michigan universities have pooled their funds to add a new cluster to a high performance computing center located at one of the institutions. Michigan State University's Institute for Cyber Enabled Research invested $750,000 and Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant about $130,000 to build a cluster that adds 1,500 processor cores and 4 TB of RAM to the High Performance Computing Center's compute capacity. The capacity will be used by researchers at both universities, as well as others in the state.


The mission of iCER is to ensure that researchers are able to use large-scale computer systems to produce results faster, and the new expansion furthers that mission, said Wolfgang Bauer, founding director of iCER and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State in East Lansing. "If you add the high-performance computing upgrade with iCER's existing infrastructure, the system's total cloud capacity is equivalent to one of the top 500 supercomputer systems in the world."






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Expanded Partnership Announced for WSU, Henry Ford Health System
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 (699 reads)


Detroit Free Press/December 7, 2010

Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and the Henry Ford Health System today announced a new, expanded partnership to train more students at Ford facilities and combine research interests.

Ford and WSU also will continue to explore possible construction of a biomedical research building and joint research foundation in Midtown, where the two partners are based.

“This is a great example of two major institutions working together for the good of Detroit,” said Nancy Schlichting, president and CEO of the Ford system, in a statement.




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Opening Up Dormitories
Monday, November 29, 2010 (1740 reads)


November 24, 2010/Inside Higher Ed


This fall, Eastern Michigan University opened its dorms to students from nearby Washtenaw Community College, in order to earn some extra revenue while further encouraging students to transfer and giving them a taste of residential college life.

The institutions are a half mile apart, Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw in Ann Arbor. The university is also the top transfer destination of students from the community college. But when Eastern Michigan had extra dorm space to spare, the two institutions drew even closer.

“They approached us,” said Linda Blakey, Washtenaw associate vice president of student services, of Eastern Michigan officials. “They had an entire dormitory building that was empty that they were looking to fill. Also, we have some students who are interested in having an on-campus housing experience. But, we’re not interesting in having on-campus housing ourselves. That’s not one of our goals at Washtenaw. So, this now gives those students who are interested a chance to have that opportunity.”


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GVSU Grows in Stature as Valued Community Asset
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 (727 reads)


November 22, 2010/Grand Rapids Business Journal 

The 50th anniversary marked by Grand Valley State University provides a recollection of cows grazing in the pastures behind the first buildings sited in Allendale, and the group of Grand Rapids area businessmen who stood with shovels and dared to dig in.

The progress of the institution is as remarkable as that early image, and certainly due not only to the extraordinary leadership of a then nationally recognized young leader, but also former President Don Lubbers’ ability to keep and create business partnerships that provided for its success. Its current leader, Thomas Haas, continues that vision and is paving new ground for the next 50 years.

This community and the higher education community provide varied accolades for the university, but its highest praise is that of continued donor beneficence, at far greater levels. Students may not see how unique such contributions are, nor the benefit as it translates to contained tuition rates by university board guidance.


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Wayne State Offers STEM Grads $30K To Make A Difference In Detroit
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 (734 reads)


November 21, 2010/GLITR

Wayne State University is encouraging college seniors, recent graduates and career changers from science, mathematics or engineering to become teachers in Detroit’s neediest schools.

Funded by a $16.7 million Kellogg Foundation grant and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowships will provide stipends of $30,000 to get certified in 14 months and then finish their MAT the following year while doing their first year of teaching.

In exchange, Fellows must commit to teach in a high-need urban or rural secondary school upon completing the program and obtaining a teaching certificate.


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Hail to the Victors! Team Michigan Wins Inaugural Worldwide Robotics Competition in Australia
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 (891 reads)



November 17, 2010/San Francisco Chronicle

Brisbane, Queensland (Vocus) November 16, 2010

With a squad of 14 robots that worked together autonomously in a complicated mapping exercise, the University of Michigan's "Team Michigan" has won the inaugural Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010) in Australia.

A joint initiative of Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), MAGIC 2010 spanned more than two years with a stated goal of furthering the development of robot teams that could operate autonomously in dangerous situations, keeping Soldiers out of harm's way.


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More Michigan Parents want College Education for Kids
Thursday, October 28, 2010 (1236 reads)


October 28, 2010/Detroit News  

Out of Michigan's cataclysmic economic collapse comes a heartening piece of good news — the culture of education is growing healthier.

Five years ago, The Detroit News, working with Your Child of Michigan, a coalition of education groups, surveyed parental attitudes about the importance of going to college. The results were shocking: Only 27 percent of parents saw getting a college degree as essential to success in life.

That finding triggered considerable resentment and pushback from both parents and educators. In the weeks after we ran the poll results, my e-mail and voice mail were filled with angry messages from parents who said, "Forget about college, bring back our factory jobs," and from educators who insisted, "Not all children should go to college." But it also gave ammunition to reformers pushing lawmakers to adopt a more rigorous high school curriculum and focus the state on the link between education and economic growth.


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SPECIAL REPORT: Bernero & Snyder Strategies for Universities
Thursday, October 21, 2010 (993 reads)


October 21, 2010/By The Center for Michigan

 

By Jo Mathis

 

As executive director of the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan, Mike Boulus keeps waiting for Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates to talk at length about their plans to fund higher education.

 

He thought it might happen in their recent debate.

 

It didn’t.

 

Acknowledging that the task ahead is a huge one, Boulus hopes the next governor and legislators will recognize higher education as the backbone of economic development, and reverse what he calls a frightening trend.

 

“It’s been a legacy of dismantling higher ed over the last decade,” he said. “And that’s after we spent 50 years building it up – to the envy of the country.”



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EMU, Wildlife Refuge Fight Invasive Species With High Tech Tools
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (733 reads)


October 21, 2010/GLITR

 

The spread of invasive species is a global problem that significantly impacts both the economy and environment. Stopping these ecological invaders remains a challenge to scientists and managers who are developing new control strategies.

 

Eastern Michigan University, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, recently was awarded $487,000 to expand upon previous work that evaluated the extent of the invasion of the common reed (Phragmites australis) in the refuge, quantified initial control efforts, and measured short-term effects of this plant invasion on water quality.



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Michigan Rising, Buoyed By URC Students, R&D, Partnerships
Thursday, October 07, 2010 (739 reads)


October 7, 2010/GLITR

 

As the state and U.S. economies sank, Michigan’s University Research Corridor grew in areas critical to the state’s resurgence: Educating more students and boosting research and technology gains, according to a new benchmark study.

 

The 2010 Empowering Michigan report shows URC partners Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have improved in several key benchmarks since the first study in 2007. The study, comparing Michigan’s URC with leading innovation clusters around the world, was conducted by Anderson Economic Group, building on data collected over the past three years.

 

“The URC has been a bright spot in the state’s economic picture, even in the teeth of the recession,” said URC executive director Jeff Mason. “Michigan has the third fastest research and development growth rate among competitive innovation clusters. Just as importantly, we’re getting stronger relative to the competition, which puts us in a good position to help propel the state’s economic growth in the future.”



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Eaton-WMU Lab To Focus On Hybrid Research
Monday, October 04, 2010 (846 reads)



October 4, 2010/GLITR


Battery and hybrid electric vehicle drive testing in West Michigan will take a significant leap forward Thursday, Oct. 7, when Eaton Corp. and Western Michigan University officials meet to formally open the new CAViDS Hybrid Electric Applied Research — CHEAR — Lab in WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


The new lab was announced last December, and is designed to be one of Michigan’s premier battery and hybrid electric vehicle drive testing facilities. The lab is part of WMU’s celebrated Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation — CAViDS.



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Stem Cell Cures On Horizon, UM Scientists Say
Monday, October 04, 2010 (808 reads)


October 4, 2010/GLITR

 

Stem cell skeptics have been asking for years, where are the cures?

 

Well, stick around. Spectacular cures may be coming soon, and they have a University of Michigan connection.

 

Dr. Eva Feldman, director of the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, appeared with the billionaire industrialist at the World Stem Cell Summit to announce the first clinical trial of stem cell transplants to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

 

And Sean Morrison, director of the UM Center for Stem Cell Biology, spoke of research under way at his lab to target cancer stem cells for more effective cancer treatment.



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High Pay for Low Skill Will No Longer be the Michigan Way
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 (752 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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Entrepreneurial Autonomy Better than Bureaucratic System to Manage Michigan's Universities
Sunday, September 12, 2010 (916 reads)


September 12, 2010/Ann Arbor.com

 

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 (823 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 (1091 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 (745 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 (943 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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Bay County to connect to Saginaw Valley State University Fiber Optic Lines; Could Lead to Multi-County Collaboration
Thursday, September 02, 2010 (690 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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Michigan Tech Tackles Challenge Of Invasive Reed
Thursday, September 02, 2010 (709 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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$6 Million Grant Helps MSU Expand Broadband Coverage To Urban Centers
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 (756 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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College Aid Offices Offer Students Tuition Help, Hope
Monday, August 30, 2010 (768 reads)


August 30, 2010/Detroit Free Press


 

By Lori Higgins

 

About half of the 250 students on the Ferris State University campus last week for student orientation had needs more pressing than just signing up for classes: They were trying to figure out how to pay for those classes.



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Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan Announces Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 (670 reads)


AUGUST 24, 2010/WSU News

 

The Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, a new region-wide network for building and retaining new business in southeast Michigan, today announces the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, an international business plan competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity.



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Alumnus Teams with Tech to Reclaim Stamp Sand and Grow an Industry
Friday, August 20, 2010 (911 reads)


August 16, 2010/Michigan Tech News

 

By John Gagnon

 

Despite the economic downturn, the roofing industry in America is enjoying long-term, fruitful prospects, and Michigan Technological University will play a role in this nearly $9-billion annual market. One imminent initiative: a local plant that may employ up to 40 people to process and supply sand to the roofing industry.

 

A long-term plan: a local plant that would employ 300 people to manufacture roofing shingles.



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UM Student, Founder Of Baby Clothes Network, Finalist For Entrepreneur of the Year
Friday, August 06, 2010 (1095 reads)


8/5/2010/GLITR Technology

 

It’s being called Netflix for baby clothes. Its co-founder could soon be called College Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

Bebaroo.com is an online rental service for high-end, special occasion baby clothes. And Allen Kim, a student in the University of Michigan Department of Industrial Operations and Engineering, is one of five finalists in the running to become Entrepreneur magazine’s 2010 College Entrepreneur of the Year.



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LSSU Opens Regional Center in Dearborn
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 (1030 reads)



July 30th, 2010/LSSU News


DEARBORN, Mich. -- Lake Superior State University has established a regional site in partnership with Henry Ford Community College at the Dearborn University Consortium Center located on the campus of Advanced Technology Academy.

 

The University will offer degree completion options in business and criminal justice beginning this fall.



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NSF grant makes Eastern Michigan only School in State with DART Mass Spectrometer
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 (862 reads)


July 23, 2010/Eastern Michigan University

 

YPSILANTI - Ruth Ann Armitage refers to her newest instrument as “a first-generation tricorder.”

 

Star Trek fans will know that a tricorder is the instrument that Mr. Spock used. Non-geeks should know that a tricorder can analyze almost anything and provide information about its composition.

 



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Student Start-ups Get National Notice
Monday, August 02, 2010 (750 reads)


August 2, 2010/Detroit Free Press  

 

A relative’s complaint about pricey special occasion clothes for an infant who would quickly outgrow them sparked Allen Kim’s idea for an online rental service for baby clothing.

 

A desire to make creditcard purchasing safer and more convenient inspired Daniel Pearson to develop a smart card that combines multiple credit cards into one.



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Hands-On Education Knows No Limits
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 (783 reads)


July 23, 2010/Michigan Tech

Second-year software engineering student Nikoli Wiens with his flugtag team's flying platypus.

The platypus is rare among mammals, laying eggs rather than bearing live offspring.  Even rarer is a 200-pound platypus egg that hatches into a helicopter as it careens off a 30-foot cliff into the water.




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Wayne State University wins 2010 Campus Technology Innovators Award
Friday, July 16, 2010 (805 reads)


July 13, 2010/Wayne State University News

 

DETROIT - On July 19, administrators from Wayne State University's Computing & Information Technology (C&IT) office and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will be recognized at the Campus Technology 2010 conference hosted by Campus Technology magazine. Wayne State is one of 11 Campus Technology Innovators award winners, chosen from nearly 500 entries.

 

 



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OU-Beaumont Medical School has Hands-on Way of Training Doctors
Thursday, July 08, 2010 (1252 reads)


July 6, 2010/Detroit Free Press

 

Students at the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine won't be spending most of their first two years in lecture halls listening to traditional topics such as anatomy and physiology.

 

Instead, their priorities will be doing mandatory community service projects, receiving lessons on nutrition and wellness and talking to patients or practicing examination skills on lifelike mannequins.



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U-M's Stem Cell Study on ALS Looks Promising
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 (1057 reads)


July 7, 2010/Detroit News

Researchers hope to find spinal injections slow disease

 

Researchers at the University of Michigan are seeing positive results from the earliest stages of experiments designed to determine whether stem cells can help patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.



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CMU Geologist Collaborates with National Leaders on Mars Research
Monday, June 28, 2010 (804 reads)


June 16, 2010/CMU Media Channel

By: Tracy Burton

Scientific samples from Mars may soon be brought back to Earth for study, raising concerns over potential detrimental effects on the environment. This is why Central Michigan University geology professor Kathy Benison and a group of leading experts from around the country have collaborated on “MARS: Sample Return Missions” — a book about how to manage samples obtained from space while protecting Earth from potential threats.


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Kalamazoo's Three Higher Education Institutions Explore Jointly Run Center Near Proposed Arena Site
Monday, June 28, 2010 (816 reads)


June 18, 2010/Kalamazoo Gazette

  
By Gabrielle Russon

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College announced Friday that they are exploring the feasibility of establishing an educational center in downtown Kalamazoo.


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Advance Planning Puts U-M on Solid Ground
Friday, June 11, 2010 (970 reads)


June 11, 2010/Detroit News

 

By Mary Sue Coleman

 

The financial crisis facing our state guarantees sympathy. When I travel across the country and colleagues know I am from Michigan, the condolences flow. They may be facing a bad fiscal situation in their own states, but the University of Michigan, they assume, must be in far worse shape.


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New Aerospace Center on Campus
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 (880 reads)


June 2, 2010/Michigan Tech News


Michigan Technological University, which has been establishing a highly regarded academic program in space technology, now boasts a new center focused on satellites. The Michigan/Air Force Center of Excellence in Electric Propulsion will focus on satellite thrusters. It has received $1 million in funding for five years.


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Grant for $1 Million Will Improve Science Education
Friday, May 28, 2010 (956 reads)


May 27, 2010/Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

 

Prospective science teachers soon will get a chance to work in the laboratory next to scientists and in turn pass what they learn on to their students.



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180 MSU Future Teachers Give Lansing's REO Elementary School a Makeover
Thursday, May 27, 2010 (883 reads)


May 27, 2010/Capital Gains

 

A group of 180 Michigan State University (MSU) students and prospective teachers showed up at Lansing's REO Elementary School with paintbrushes and tools to give the Southside school a makeover.

 

 



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EMU Rescues Michigan's Historical Markers Program
Monday, May 24, 2010 (1019 reads)


May 24, 2010/The Detroit News

Michigan's budget crisis has left students as the caretakers of state history. When shortfalls prompted lawmakers last fall to abolish a $50,000 subsidy for the Michigan Historical Marker Program, many feared the effort that commemorates the state's noted people, places and events would itself become history. Instead, Eastern Michigan University stepped in and agreed to let students handle marker requests as part of their final project.


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Pols Trailing Public on Higher Education
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 (851 reads)


May 19, 2010/Lansing State Journal

 

Five years ago, polling of Michigan parents lobbed a shocker into the education debate: Only 27 percent deemed a college education "essential" for their children.



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Cross-Cultural Coursaris
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 (901 reads)


May 19, 2010/CapitalGains

 

By Viki Lorraine

 

A man of many talents—he has a B.Eng. in Aerospace, an MBA in e-Business, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems with a concentration on electronic business and mobile commerce— Michigan State University (MSU) professor Dr. Constantinos Coursaris is very familiar with navigating different cultures.



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UM Ramps up Pfizer Move
Monday, May 17, 2010 (881 reads)


May 16, 2010/Crain's Detroit Business

 

$200M drive to fund recruiting, research

 

The University of Michigan is shifting into high gear the transformation of its North Campus Research Complex into the central hub of the university's research and commercialization activities.



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$1.1 million in NSF Grants Fund GVSU Research
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 (840 reads)


May 12, 2010/Grand Valley State University News



ALLENDALE, Mich. — Researchers at Grand Valley State University have been awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants from the National Science Foundation to conduct work in biomedical engineering, math education, aquatic plant life and fossil record research in South Africa.



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Wayne State University to Launch Nation’s First BS and MS Degrees in Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 (909 reads)


May 5, 2010/Wayne State university News

 

Wayne State University's Board of Governors today approved three academic programs that will help Michigan meet the technological and environmental challenges of the 21st century.



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EMU Offers Nation's only Graduate Certificate Specializing in Study of Dementia to Meet Growing Needs of Health Care Professionals
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 (823 reads)


April 29, 2010/Eastern Michigan University News


Contact: Pamela Young

YPSILANTI - America is graying and with that comes new challenges. Those over 85 years of age are the fastest growing segment of the population, which is resulting in an increased demand for expertise in programs and services for individuals with dementia.



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UM, MSU To Study State Education Reforms With $5.9 Million Federal Grant
Friday, April 30, 2010 (843 reads)


April 29, 2010/GLITR

 

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University -- in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education -- will use a five-year, $5.9 million fedaral grant to assess two education reforms designed to promote college attendance and workplace success.

 

 



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Destination Innovation: Entrepreneurs Are Key
Friday, April 30, 2010 (979 reads)


April 29, 2010/WWJ.COM

 

Troy (WWJ)  -- What will it take for Michigan to get its economic groove back? At WWJ's "Destination: Innovation" Business Breakfast in Troy, business and university leaders agreed that entrepreneurialism is the key.



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New Women’s Health Researcher Brings $6.8 Million Funding To MSU
Thursday, April 29, 2010 (858 reads)


April 28, 2010/GLITR

 

West Michigan and Michigan State University have become the new home for a $6.8 million Center for Women’s Health and Reproduction Research, thanks to the collaborative efforts of MSU, Spectrum Health and the Van Andel Institute.



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Seven Universities Support GRPS Engineering/Biomed Program, Three Students Land Gates Scholarships
Thursday, April 29, 2010 (940 reads)


April 29, 2010/Rapid Growth Media

By Deborah Johnson Wood

 

Three graduating students of the innovative Grand Rapids Area Pre-College Engineering Program (GRAPCEP) have earned Gates Millennium Scholarships – the highest number awarded to any Michigan school in 2010.



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MSU's Project GREEEN Receives $2 Million For Plant Research In Michigan
Thursday, April 29, 2010 (789 reads)


April 28, 2010/Capital Gains


By Suban Nur Cooley

 

Thanks to funding from MSU-based Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs), researchers at the university will receive $2.08 million for research and outreach projects to continue growing Michigan's $71.3 billion agri-food and agri-energy industries.



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Wayne State Researcher Gets $800k To Study Biomarker For Developmental Disability
Thursday, April 29, 2010 (799 reads)


 April 28, 2010/GLITR

 

A Wayne State University researcher is investigating whether a brain pathway responsible for language development can be used as a biomarker that distinguishes intellectually and developmentally disabled children from those who are experiencing an atypical course of development and will later catch up to their peers.



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UM Engineering Internships Help Small Biz, Grow Enterpreneurship
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 (921 reads)


April 19, 2010/GLITR


As a way to support local small businesses and give engineering students real-world experience, the University of Michigan's College of Engineering is running a unique summer internship scholarship program.



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MSU College of Nursing Gets $7.45 Million For New Research Building
Friday, April 02, 2010 (961 reads)


April 1, 2010/GLITR

 

Michigan State University’s College of Nursing has been awarded nearly $7.45 million in federal stimulus money to expand its research facilities and capacity in a new building.
 



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MSU Team Crowned National Debate Champ
Monday, March 29, 2010 (1014 reads)


March 24, 2010/MSU News

 
Carly Wunderlich, of Brookfield, Wis., a chemistry senior, and Eric Lanning, of Spring, Texas, an international relations junior, hold the Larmon trophy, which they received for taking first place in a National Debate Tournament.

 
The 12-member MSU debate team poses with the Larmon trophy.



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Three Sleds Complete Clean Snowmobile Challenge Endurance Run
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 (1099 reads)


Michigan Tech News/March 16, 2010

 

By Marcia Goodrich

 

Neither sun, nor mud, nor halcyon breezes could keep three hardy entries in the 2010 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge from completing the Endurance Run: North Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.



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Famed Architect Breaks Ground on $45-million MSU Museum
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 (972 reads)


Detroit Free Press/March 16, 2010

 

By John Gallagher

 

Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid, the world’s foremost woman architect, came to Michigan State University this morning to break ground on what promises to be one of the state’s boldest works of architecture.



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EMU In Deal With Macomb CC For Degree in Simulation, Animation, Gaming
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 (1328 reads)


GLITR/March 16, 2010


Eastern Michigan University this week announced an articulation agreement with Macomb Community College that will allow students to earn a bachelor of science degree in simulation, animation and gaming.



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MPA Student Writes Million Dollar Grant to Help Michigan Workers
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 (1561 reads)


November 24, 2009/News at OU


Graduate student Bernice Kerner wrote a million dollar grant to help Michigan workers.
Bernice Kerner is putting her school skills to work in the real world in a big way. The Oakland University graduate student recently earned a million dollar grant to help older, laid off workers in Southeastern Michigan reenter the workforce.





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Wayne State University and Community Partners Lead Charge to Extend Broadband Wireless in Midtown and Low-income Areas
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 (1328 reads)


November 11, 2009/Wayne State University Public Relations


DETROIT - As part of the Community Telecommunications Network (CTN), Wayne State University is providing the technical, strategic and systems support to provide Internet access for residents in two low-income Detroit neighborhoods.


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MSU Leads Regional Effort to Retrain Workers for New IT Jobs
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 (1310 reads)


November 18, 2009/MSU News


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Nearly 40 mid-Michigan workers have gained new skills and employment in information technology, thanks to a partnership between Michigan State University, work force development agencies and area technology businesses.




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Michigan Dreams
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 (1093 reads)


Fall 2009/Findings Alumni Magazine

Michigan has been hit hard during America’s economic downturn. Like a slow-moving tsunami, trouble began arriving here years ago, as manufacturing (particularly the auto industry) downsized painfully. University of Michigan economists are predicting that 2010 will close a decade represented by nearly 950,000 jobs lost in the Wolverine State.


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DeVos Place Donation Provides Ferris Students Opportunity for Hands-on Learning
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 (1124 reads)


November 11, 2009/Ferris State University News

 

The Grand Rapids International Wine and Food Festival is providing more than a palate-pleasing experience. Students from Ferris State University’s Sport Entertainment Hospitality Management programs are also gaining a hands-on learning experience.



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U-M Plans to Launch Start-ups with New Mich Venture Center
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 (1071 reads)


10/21/2009, Concentrate

 

The University of Michigan has created a number of avenues to allow entrepreneurs to spin off university technology or enable students to chase after their start-up dreams. The newly formed Michigan Venture Center will serve as the hub for all of that activity.



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Braun Fellowship to Support SVSU Profs Work to Study African Business and Develop Engineering Textbook
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 (1094 reads)


Nov 16, 2009/SVSU News

 

Two Saginaw Valley State University professors have been selected as the latest Braun Fellows. Enayat Mahajerin will produce a novel engineering textbook and Joseph Ofori-Dankwa will study business conditions in sub-Saharan African through research support grants totaling up to $37,500 over the next three years to further their scholarly and professional activities.  



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$195,000 in State Grants Help LCC and MSU Train Students for Film Industry
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 (1225 reads)


by Gretchen Cochran

Thanks to $195,000 in grants from the state, 60 aspiring film industry students can get 80 hours of free production training beginning in May and join the state’s growing film industry.


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Wayne State sets up summer program for entrepreneurs: E2 Challenge
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 (1217 reads)


by Jon Zemke

Wayne State University is looking for a few good business-minded students for its summer program - E2 Challenge.


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Universities a potential source for major job growth in Michigan
Thursday, January 15, 2009 (1215 reads)


Michigan's universities will not only be creating the next generation of minds to move into the state's workforce but they might be on their way to creating the work itself. Universities across the state, through various expansions, developments, and research projects, will be creating a large number of jobs in the coming years.


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