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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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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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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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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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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 …