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 …

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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 …