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Commission Report to the Governor: The State with the Best Talent Wins the 21st Century

In Educational Attainment by Dan Hurley

A report recently provided to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has added fuel to the narrative that talent will be the primary factor in the state’s ability to survive and thrive economically in the years ahead. The report, Building Michigan’s 21st Century Economy, reflects growing consensus voiced by stakeholders throughout Michigan that talent development is the state’s most important policy prescription …

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The Secret to Student Success: Actually Counting All the Students

In Accountability by Bob Murphy

Nobody would trade in a working car to a dealer that only wanted to buy the engine, one headlight, and two doors. No utility would let a customer pick and choose which kilowatts of energy they felt like paying for. American politicians don’t get to hold votes in secret and hide their voting records from constituents. So why would anybody …

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A State Agenda with the Right Policy Prescription

In Educational Attainment by Dan Hurley

With a goal of rising incomes for all Michigan households and a broadening of the state’s middle class, Michigan Future, Inc. has presented a state policy agenda that is uniquely forward-thinking in its approach. The think tank’s policy treatise is reinforced by the undeniable transition underway in Michigan, from a state with an industrial past to one that is now …

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Data Over Dogma: Facts Matter

In Accountability by Bob Murphy

Universities are many things to many people—classrooms, workforce development engines, research and development institutions, and beacons of civic pride. But universities are also an ancient endeavor, created in something close to their current form at the University of Bologna in 1088, predating the modern nation-state by 560 years. In those intervening 929 years, one thing has remained constant: the teaching …

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Unifying to Affirm Higher Education and American Values in Light of Travel Ban

In Diversity & Inclusion by Dan Hurley

The ban on immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as all refugees, recently issued via executive order by President Donald Trump brings with it implications that are destructive in all manner: educationally, economically, civically, socially, and reputationally. The ban is not a mere lurch to the right on immigration policy; rather, it marks a history-bending departure from …

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Michigan’s Demographics Must Not Determine its Destiny

In Educational Attainment by Dan Hurley

Michigan’s economy is continuing to grow, enabling it to compete vigorously on the national and global stage. That’s the good news. The bad news? The state’s most important economic input—maintaining and growing a talented workforce—will be increasingly challenged by a declining population of young adults. Michigan will have the third largest percentage decline of high school graduates in the U.S. …

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Want a Career in Michigan? The State Says You’d Better Get to College.

In Educational Attainment by Bob Murphy

Last month, the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives (LMISI) updated one of their signature publications: Michigan’s Hot 50 – Tomorrow’s High-Demand High-Wage Careers. Informed by demographic and market data, LMISI projects the number of annual job openings, hourly wage ranges, and job growth in Michigan through 2024. What’s the verdict? If you haven’t done …

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Funding Higher Ed Funds State Incomes

In Higher Ed Finance by Bob Murphy

There are few states that would be described as being flush with cash. State officials (justifiably) want to know the return on the investment they’re making with public revenues. And for years, state universities have argued in turn that investment in public higher education leads to wealthier states. With a little help from our friend Excel (and an assist from …

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Collective Action to End Campus Sexual Assault

In Health & Safety by Dan Hurley

There may be no other higher education issue in recent years that has garnered so much attention from all levels of government, received such bipartisan support, and created such a united front across public universities as the issue of campus sexual assault. President Obama, members of Congress, governors, and state lawmakers have joined hands with higher education associations, advocacy groups, …

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An Unenviable #1 Ranking for the State of Michigan

In Financial Aid by Dan Hurley

The annual accounting of states’ investment in student financial aid was recently released, showing that financial aid across all states increased by 5.7 percent in the 2014-15 academic year, the most recent year for which data are available. The 46th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid, produced by the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs …