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State higher education investment in the Midwest: Michigan’s stark reality

In Financial Aid, Higher Ed Finance by Dan Hurley

Seldom are reports published that so clearly and concisely illustrate just how much of an aberration Michigan is when it comes to ensuring college affordability for its residents. The release by The Century Foundation of its latest report on Michigan college affordability represents such a moment. This latest report marks the second in a three-part series; the first, released in …

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Growing momentum around FAFSA completion in Michigan

In Educational Attainment by Dan Hurley

With one of the highest forecasted declines in the number of high school graduates in the decade ahead among all states, Michigan needs to do all it can to encourage more graduating high school students to enroll in some form of postsecondary education. The economic prospects of the state, its communities, and its residents will depend on it. The state’s …

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The philosophy behind performance funding formulas

In Accountability, Higher Ed Finance by Bob Murphy

This fall in the Michigan Legislature, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Higher Education are holding informational hearings while they consider revisions to the state’s funding formula utilized for its 15 public universities. MASU is slated to testify on Dec. 10th, and other interested groups are offering their input on the existing formula. From my vantage point, the most …

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Michigan to Participate in Multistate Initiative to Boost Educational Attainment

In Educational Attainment by Dan Hurley

Michigan is one of seven states selected to participate in an “Attainment Academy” aimed at crafting a statewide strategic plan for increasing the postsecondary education levels of the state’s residents. The effort is being coordinated by the State Higher Education Executive Officers association (SHEEO) and the Education Strategy Group (ESG) with grant support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, …

What does “college” actually mean?

In Accountability by Bob Murphy

This is “college” in America: And so is this: This is also “college” in America: And this is also “college” in America: And so is this: These are not the same enterprises to those of us in the field of higher education. To the general public, some of them may as well be interchangeable. Each one of these, a world-class …

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Improving Student Retention through Innovation at UM-Dearborn

In Financial Aid, Student Success by MASU Guest

[Note: This week’s guest post is brought to you by Amy Finley, Ph.D., Dean of Students, and Tyler Guenette, Assistant Director for Success Programs, University of Michigan-Dearborn] As a Carnegie Engaged Campus, creating pathways for the state’s most economically disadvantaged students has always been a priority for the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Building upon the university’s mission of creating Metropolitan Impact and …

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Gov. Whitmer’s first budget for higher ed: Turning the ship around

In Higher Ed Finance by Bob Murphy

We might have expected much of the general approach Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took to her first budget, announced this week, by her campaign platform. Certainly a number of proposals like pulling School Aid Fund out of the universities’ budget were expected based on her platform planks. But I think there are other lessons to be learned about our state’s next …

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In Their Quest to Advance Michigan, New State Leaders Should Prioritize Talent Development

In Economic Development by Dan Hurley

An earlier version of this commentary originally appeared in Bridge Magazine The world of work has changed over the last 20 years. It’s vital that Michigan change with it. That means placing a priority on investing in education that can provide the talent needed to attract and retain good paying jobs. The $25-an-hour factory job is no longer the driver …

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The Connection Between Educational Attainment and Earnings, Amplified by the Four-Year College Degree

In Educational Attainment by Dan Hurley

In her State of the State Address, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an ambitious and much-needed goal for Michigan to increase its postsecondary education attainment level to 60 percent by 2030, as measured by the proportion of Michiganders with a college degree or high-quality certificate. It’s good that the Governor recognizes the link between state income and education levels. It’s even …

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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 …