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Place Matters

In Economic Development by Dan Hurley

It is clear that talent is the currency of today’s hypercompetitive, global economy. The cities and regions that successfully attract and retain college-educated individuals will reign supreme on measures of economic prosperity. And the markets that are succeeding in drawing talent are cities that are infused with a culture and the amenities that attract highly educated individuals from across the …

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Metrics that Matter: Michigan’s Higher Ed Funding Lags in the Midwest

In Higher Ed Finance by Dan Hurley

The extent to which state governments invest in their public colleges and universities and in their student financial aid programs has a direct impact on access to and affordability of a college degree. Greater state investment mitigates the need for colleges to raise tuition prices. Affordable colleges boost the capacity of states to increase the educational levels of their populations. …

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The Michigan Association of State Universities kicks off statewide campaign to increase college going rates

In Educational Attainment by Dan Hurley

The Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) unveiled a marketing campaign this week reminding Michigan high school students and their parents that earning a college degree is a great way to ensure a good career, a chance to “make the difference” in their life and world—and that financial aid is available to many students to reduce the cost of attendance. …

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When federal data leaves students invisible, state data finds them again

In Accountability by Bob Murphy

When last we checked in on our friends at the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS, the federal government’s higher education data center), their graduation rate data was, uh, not very good. As I said at the time, if you don’t count a significant proportion of students and degrees, graduation rates you derive from that partial data will be meaningless—especially …

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The Pump is Primed: Igniting Michiganders’ College Aspirations

In Educational Attainment, Talent by Dan Hurley

Boosting the proportion of Michigan residents who obtain a college degree or other postsecondary credential is vital to the state’s future economic competitiveness, both domestically and globally. Ultimately, it is talent, not tax policy, geography, or demographics, that is the primary arbiter of states’ economic vitality. The higher the proportion of a state’s residents who earn a college degree, the …

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The conservative argument for state investment in public higher education – in one chart

In Higher Ed Finance by Bob Murphy

The leaders of Michigan’s 15 public universities, joined by the staff of the Michigan Association of State Universities, have long touted the personal return on investment a student earns with a four-year college degree. We’ve also long talked about the benefits that accrue to the state and to society when it makes public higher education an investment priority. And in …

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Virtual Career Fairs – Keeping Public University Talent in Michigan

In Talent, Workforce Alignment by MASU Guest

General Motors (GM) is investing $1 billion to expand the Warren Tech Center outside Detroit, Michigan. This expansion will create 2,600 jobs, but GM’s main challenge will be staffing it! “We have to meet or beat the talent levels in Silicon Valley and other technology hubs around the world,” says GM product chief Mark Reuss, but the question is how …

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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 …