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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 …

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A More Accurate Portrait of College Student Success, Courtesy of Michigan’s Education Data Reporting Agency

In Accountability by Bob Murphy

Imagine, if you will, going into a local pizzeria and ordering a pizza with bacon and green peppers (my pie of choice). Minutes later, you get back a pile of bread with a smashed tomato on top and a pork chop. There are no peppers. You would rightly complain to the manager, noting for the first time a line of …

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The Closure of ITT Tech and the Crash-Landing of the For-Profit College Industry

In Accountability by Dan Hurley

When ITT Educational Services, Inc. announced last month that it was closing all 130 of its ITT Tech campuses, stranding some 45,000 students and 8,000 employees, the company sought to blame the U.S. Department of Education for its excessive regulatory burden and disregard for due process.  The for-profit college chain’s death was portended the month prior when the Education Department …

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Introducing a New Michigan-Centric Higher Education Commentary Series

In General by Dan Hurley

The Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) is pleased to announce a new online commentary series, OPtimizing EDucation, or Op Ed for short. The blog will feature opinions, editorials and an overall assortment of commentary on issues spanning the entire secondary and postsecondary education spectrum in Michigan and beyond. Blog posts, to be published on a regular basis, will provide …