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Driving Transfer Student Success Through Collaboration

In Student Success by Will Emerson

The 2017-2018 academic year has been marked by forward progress on student success at the state universities of Michigan; efforts spearheaded by the institutions in partnership with the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU). Since receiving a student success capacity-building grant from the Kresge Foundation in early 2017, the association’s staff have been working with campus leaders in coordinating initiatives …

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All of Michigan’s Public Universities Earn “Veteran Friendly” Designation

In Student Success by Will Emerson

Each year the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency conducts a survey of higher education institutions in the state to assess the quality of their veteran programs. The survey, “The Veteran Friendly School Application,” uses seven criteria to determine the level of support provided to student veterans and military connected students on campus. Military connected students include veteran spouses and dependents, along …

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Advancing Student Outcomes at Michigan’s Public Universities through Student Success Coaching Programs

In Student Success by Will Emerson

Student Success Coaching programs have grown in popularity in recent years and are represented at nearly all Michigan public universities. This is in part because they are a collaborative effort between universities and their students designed to nurture holistic student development. As a term, Student Success Coaching applies to a broad swath of mentoring and assistance programs which commonly leverage …

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Adult Learners: The Not-So Non-Traditional Learner

In Diversity & Inclusion, Student Success by MASU Guest

[Note: Today’s guest blog is provided by Melissa Peraino, member of MASU’s Extended Education and Professional Development Directors Committee.] America’s got talent. Does Michigan? Many cite the lack of access to a talented workforce as one of the reasons for Amazon’s recent pass at establishing a second headquarters in Michigan. Their request for proposal indicated that a “highly educated labor …

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Michigan’s Fiscal Train and the Cliff Ahead: Maybe We Should Switch Tracks

In Higher Ed Finance by Bob Murphy

One thing that’s always perplexed me is how drivers occasionally get hit by trains. Trains don’t veer off course. Trains don’t suddenly make a right turn in front of you on your way to the grocery store. Trains just lumber steadily down the track, unable to slow down or speed up very fast. A part of me thinks that if …

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Internships: A Win-Win for Students and Employers

In Workforce Alignment by MASU Guest

[Note: Today’s guest post is provided by four members of MASU’s Career Services Directors Committee.] There is a lot of talk today about internships. Parents want to know, “What should my student major in to get the best internships?” Students ask, “I heard that I should be looking for an internship, where and how do I start?” Employers indicated in …

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Continuing Education Units – Answering the Call for Innovation in Times of Change

In Talent by MASU Guest

[Note: Today’s guest post is provided by the chairperson of MASU’s Extended Education and Professional Development Directors Committee, Gerald Rhead.] It may be hard to fathom that innovation can be found in something that has existed since the 19th century, but inventive higher education institutions are recognizing the value of something that has been right under their noses for the …

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Extending the Reach of Michigan’s Public Universities through Continuing Education

In Talent by MASU Guest

[Note: Today’s guest post is provided by four members of MASU’s Extended Education and Professional Development Committee.] University-based continuing education is well into its second century. On record is Cornell University’s faculty-led “Tour of the Great Lakes” program for “teachers and others” in 1877. Today, professional and continuing education (PCE) units within universities help institutions expand their reach and play …

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Michigan’s Foreign Talent Dividend

In Talent by Dan Hurley

A recently released report produced by Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) provides insight on the extent to which foreign talent is contributing to Michigan’s economy. At a time of low unemployment, and in light of the steep forthcoming drop in high school graduates and debate of over U.S. immigration policy, the study sheds light on just how …

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Fall Career Fairs produce opportunities to kick-start your career

In Workforce Alignment by MASU Guest

[Note: MASU is pleased to offer OPtimizing EDucation as a platform for our various committees to share their insight in their fields. Our first guest post is written by Kerin Borland and Steve Patchin, the career services directors at the University of Michigan and Michigan Technological University, respectively. Enjoy!] A spring survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers …