higher education http://michiganradio.org en New Michigan budget may affect you in many ways http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-budget-may-affect-you-many-ways <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Schoolchildren and others will be impacted when Michigan's next state budget starts in about three months.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18198 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan budget may affect you in many ways MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-and-university-michigan-raise-tuition-rates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Students at two of Michigan’s largest universities will be paying more in the fall.</span></p><p>The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents increased in-state undergraduate costs by 2.6% yesterday.</p><p>For out-of-state students, the increases will be higher: According to <a href="http://michigandaily.com/news/regents-approve-fy15-budget-say-goodbye-coleman-and-slottow">The Michigan Daily</a>, out-of-state undergraduates will see their cost of attendance rise by 3.4%.</p><p>That brings the total cost of in-state attendance to $13,158. For out-of-state students, cost of attendance will be around $41,578.</p><p>Michigan State University followed suit today, increasing its in-state costs by 2.6% for in-state underclassmen, and 2.9% for in-state juniors and seniors.</p><p>The state’s budget increased its funding for higher education this year by 5.9%.</p><p>For the University of Michigan and its three campuses — Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn — that translates to $295 million coming from Lansing. That’s an increase of $18.5 million.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18089 at http://michiganradio.org MSU and the University of Michigan to raise tuition rates House speaker's dad to join Western Michigan University board http://michiganradio.org/post/house-speakers-dad-join-western-michigan-university-board <p>KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed House Speaker Jase Bolger's father to serve on the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:20:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18002 at http://michiganradio.org House speaker's dad to join Western Michigan University board Grand Valley State holds summit to explore political influence in higher education http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-valley-state-holds-summit-explore-political-influence-higher-education <p></p><p>Are the liberal arts becoming too politicized? Are politics – and political ideology – taking too strong a hold on higher education?</p><p>A growing number of academics worry that the answer may be "yes."</p><p>With that in mind, there's a three-day summit coming up at Grand Valley State University. It's billed as "A Meeting of Minds, Left and Right," exploring these questions.</p><p>We were joined today by&nbsp;Gleaves Whitney. He's the director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:13:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 17957 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Valley State holds summit to explore political influence in higher education Kalamazoo Promise expanding to private Michigan colleges http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-expanding-private-michigan-colleges <p>The <a href="https://www.kalamazoopromise.com/">Kalamazoo Promise </a>is expanding to include more than a dozen private colleges in Michigan.</p><p>The Promise provides scholarship money for Kalamazoo public school students to attend college. Until now, the Promise has made it possible for students to afford only public colleges and universities.&nbsp;</p><p>But today, the Promise’s Janice Brown announced 15 schools, including Detroit Mercy, Hillsdale College, Hope College and Adrian College, will start matching Promise scholarships beginning in the fall of 2015.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:59:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 17934 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Promise expanding to private Michigan colleges Poll: Student loans were a good investment....but.... http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-student-loans-were-good-investmentbut <p>Thousands of new Michigan college graduates entered the workforce in the past month.</p><p></p><p>Many can relate to the findings of a new poll on student loans.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.nfcc.org/NewsRoom/newsreleases/Student_Loan_Release_FINAL.cfm">A new poll </a>by a credit counseling group shows people with student loans believe by a two to one margin that borrowing money to pay for college was a good investment. But most people in that same poll would not recommend taking out a student loan now.</p><p></p><p>Older people were more pessimistic than younger college grads.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17815 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Student loans were a good investment....but.... Why MSU is what every university should be like http://michiganradio.org/post/why-msu-what-every-university-should-be <p></p><p>There was a time when it wasn’t unusual for university presidents to stay in their jobs for twenty years or more. These days, however, that seldom happens. The average college or university president lasts barely seven years.</p><p>It actually may be a wonder that any last that long, given the intensity of issues from rising costs to affirmative action to athletics. Not to mention that everything happens these days in the pressure cooker and under the microscope of the 24-hour news cycle.</p><p>Two of Michigan’s three major universities have new presidents; Wayne State’s Roy Wilson has been on the job less than a year. The University of Michigan’s Mark Schlissel takes office this summer. But in January, Lou Anna Simon will celebrate ten years as president of Michigan State University.</p><p>In fact, to say she’s been on the job for a decade severely understates her involvement with the institution. She’s been there ever since she arrived as a graduate student in 1970.</p><p>Since then, she has held a wide variety of academic and administrative jobs, which is not to say she is set in her ways. I had a chance to have a long conversation with her this week.</p><p>She told me tradition is important, but added, “If you don’t have leadership committed to change, but only to defending the status quo, you have the wrong leadership.”</p><p>Michigan State is often referred to as the nation’s pioneer land grant university, and that is more than a piece of historical trivia. The school was founded with the idea that it would study and seek out knowledge and find a way of making it practical and relevant for the people of Michigan. They still take that mission seriously.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:00:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17711 at http://michiganradio.org Why MSU is what every university should be like U of M's endowment is bigger than the GDP of the Bahamas http://michiganradio.org/post/u-ms-endowment-bigger-gdp-bahamas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Editors of the New Republic saw this tweet from NYU professor and Eurasia Group president Ian </span>Bremmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Top Univ Endowments &amp; GDP equiv 1 Harvard (Jordan) 2 Yale (Afghanistan) 3 Stanford (Honduras) 4 Princeton (Bosnia) 5 MIT (Nicaragua)</p>— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) <a href="https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/statuses/460443984679419905">April 27, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:22:43 +0000 Mark Brush 17451 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers want a 'pay-it-forward' college tuition system in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-want-pay-it-forward-college-tuition-system-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pair of bills in the Michigan House and Senate are setting their sights on getting rid of tuition bills. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rather than paying off installments on a loan package, the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposed legislation would allow students to pay off school with a fixed percent of their future incomes — as long as their income is above the federal poverty line. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A $2 million pilot pro</span>gram would be established to fund 200 students at community colleges and public four-year universities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From David Jesse of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140319/NEWS06/303190038/Pay-it-forward-Plan-would-allow-Michigan-students-to-attend-college-for-free-">Detroit Free Press</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So a student who went to the University of Michigan and graduated in four years would have to pay 4 percent of his or her income back every year for 20 years.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The so-called “pay-it-forward” bills have gained some legislative popularity after </span><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/pay-it-forward-oregon-college-tuition-99695.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">launched a study last July to examine the feasibility of such a proposal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan joins Oregon, Florida, Washington, and some 20 other states considering the "go now, pay later" plan.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:02:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16899 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers want a 'pay-it-forward' college tuition system in Michigan Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-27-2014 <p>You’ve heard it before, folks, time and time again. In today's economy, the more education one attains after high school, the better, right? But what if some students might be better served in other settings, academic or otherwise? Is it time for Michigan to develop some credible alternatives for high school grads? We’ll find out more on today’s show.</p><p>Then, we spoke to Daniel Howes about his reporting on Detroit's historic bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p>And, Fifth Third Ballpark wants to expand its concessions menu. We took a look at some of the food options fans can vote for, including deep-fried lasagna and a bacon-and-chocolate taco.</p><p>Also, how can we keep young entrepreneurs fresh out of college in Michigan? The Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize awards them for launching their start-ups in state.</p><p>And, a new fee system for hunting and fishing goes into effect soon, and it’s the first significant raise in over 15 years. We spoke with Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about what’s behind this increase.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan delivered his first State of the City speech last night before a packed, invitation-only crowd. And his message was clear: We are going to change what it means to live in Detroit.</span></p><p>Even among those who have a "wait-and-see" attitude, the mayor's speech is being praised for what many believe is a refreshing attention to detail and the sense that a team is at work.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:55:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 16647 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Is college always the best choice for high school grads? http://michiganradio.org/post/college-always-best-choice-high-school-grads <p>This is the time of year when many high school juniors are taking their ACTs and scheduling campus tours. And high school seniors are looking in the mailbox for college acceptance letters and – hopefully –financial aid packages.</p><p>There are many in Michigan who believe that heading to college is the key to a successful life for these kids. There's plenty of evidence that young adults with that four-year degree will do better in terms of employment and wages than their peers with some college, or a two-year degree, or only a high school diploma.</p><p>But there is another side to the discussion – the one that raises the question: Is college truly the right choice for all high school grads? Are we overlooking the opportunities offered by skilled trades and other careers that do not require a degree?</p><p>Glenda Price is the former president of Marygrove College in Detroit and is now the president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. And Lou Glazer is the president of Michigan Future, Inc. They both joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:54:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 16643 at http://michiganradio.org Is college always the best choice for high school grads? The University of Michigan wants more black students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-wants-more-black-students <p>The University of Michigan has a race problem.</p><p>“Open it up! Or we’ll shut it down!” chanted half a dozen black students at the Board of Regents meeting yesterday.</p><p>Their frustrations are getting national attention.&nbsp;</p><p>The Black Student union has led protests on campus and online.</p><p>Their #BBUM Twitter campaign (Being Black at U of M) has gone&nbsp;viral.&nbsp;</p><p>They’re fed up, they say, by a school that boasts about a diverse community, yet where just roughly 5% of some 28,000 undergraduate students are black.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:49:40 +0000 Kate Wells 16547 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan wants more black students We are starving our future in Michigan by not investing in higher education http://michiganradio.org/post/we-are-starving-our-future-michigan-not-investing-higher-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yesterday, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-out-reach-most-michiganders-can-new-president-help?nopop=1">I talked about the challenges the University of Michigan’s new president faces</a>. One of those is, of course, the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford an education.</span></p><p>That provoked a lot of reaction, and I was surprised by the tone of a lot of it.</p><p>Specifically, many people feel that especially with the lagging economy, it makes no sense for students to study things that won’t clearly pay off in a job.</p><p>"There's nothing wrong with art appreciation. There are plenty of books, DVDs and YouTube clips out there," one man said. But he thought it was outrageous that someone would spend a vast amount of money on something "that will turn out to be a nice hobby," and then "complain about the lack of job opportunities." Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:38:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16291 at http://michiganradio.org We are starving our future in Michigan by not investing in higher education Study finds Michigan public universities generate nearly $24 billion in spending http://michiganradio.org/post/study-finds-michigan-public-universities-generate-nearly-24-billion-spending <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan’s public universities are “building the case” for more state aid.</span></p><p>The group representing the state’s 15 public universities released<a href="http://www.pcsum.org/reportsandstudies/otherreportsstudies/"> a report</a> today showing the economic impact they have on Michigan. The study, by the Anderson Economic Group, claims the universities generated nearly $24 billion in direct and indirect spending in Michigan in 2012.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:19:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 15632 at http://michiganradio.org Study finds Michigan public universities generate nearly $24 billion in spending Do you live in a 'Super ZIP?' Here are Michigan's top 5 wealthiest ZIP codes http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-live-super-zip-here-are-michigans-top-5-wealthiest-zip-codes <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2013/11/09/washington-a-world-apart/">This map</a> shows you how wealthy your ZIP code is.</p><p><em>The Washington Post</em> created it using data from the 2010 Census. Only zip codes that have at least 500 adults were included in the map (so some ZIP codes in the U.P. were not counted).</p><p>The ZIP codes are ranked from 0-99.</p><p>The higher the number, the higher the average household income and the higher the percentage of adults who have college degrees.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:03:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15440 at http://michiganradio.org Do you live in a 'Super ZIP?' Here are Michigan's top 5 wealthiest ZIP codes Higher ed in Michigan: tuition rises as state support falls http://michiganradio.org/post/higher-ed-michigan-tuition-rises-state-support-falls <p>In-state tuition and fees at Michigan's four-year public colleges and universities rank sixth highest nationally, with a Michigan average of $11,600 per year.</p><p>But state support for higher education per full-time student in Michigan ranks fifth from the bottom. State support per student is $3,962 in Michigan compared to the national average of $6,646.</p><p>That's according to data recently released by the College Board in a report on<a href="http://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/college-pricing-2013-full-report.pdf"><em> </em>"Trends in College Pricing 2013."</a></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:51:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15123 at http://michiganradio.org Higher ed in Michigan: tuition rises as state support falls Fewer high school graduates means creative adjustments for colleges http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-high-school-graduates-means-creative-adjustments-colleges <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colleges and universities in Michigan have been grappling with ways to fill the revenue hole after the state Legislature cut funding for higher education.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But now there's another problem -- fewer students.&nbsp;</p><p>Brian Prescott is the director of Policy Research at the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. The Commission recently released a major report called "Knocking at the College Door," which found that Michigan was second only to California in the decreasing number of high school graduates.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Prescott said that's because the children of baby boomers have graduated high school, so future graduating classes are becoming smaller.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:55:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 14179 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer high school graduates means creative adjustments for colleges Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmaker-wants-raise-state-sales-tax-help-students-pay-college <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Many Michigan students would pay little to no money for in-state college tuition under a proposal in Lansing. State Representative Vicki Barnett&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">(D-Farmington Hills)&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">wants to raise the state’s sales tax by one percent to pay for the plan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Barnett talked about the proposal on the Michigan Public Television program “Off the Record.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“People are recognizing that we need to find a way to make sure that all of our kids who graduate high school who want to go on and get a higher educational degree have the opportunity to do so without having the weight and burden of student loans carrying them down,” Barnett said.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Besides helping students gain access to higher education, she says it would also help attract employers.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:14:30 +0000 Jake Neher 13826 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college Michigan State University trustees consider tuition increase this morning http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-trustees-consider-tuition-increase-morning <p>Michigan State University students should prepare to pay more tuition this fall.</p><p></p><p>The M-U Board of Trustees will vote on a tuition hike this morning.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The proposed tuition hike averages out to about 2.8%.</p><p></p><p>MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon defends the tuition increase.</p><p></p><p>“In terms of planning for families, we’ve tried to be as transparent as possible,” says Simon, “And we actually have a lower number than we planned.”</p><p></p><p>The tuition rate increase will not be uniform across the board.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 04:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13175 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University trustees consider tuition increase this morning Is it 'brain drain' or is it wanderlust? http://michiganradio.org/post/it-brain-drain-or-it-wanderlust <p>Let's turn our attentions to college students, or, more specifically, college graduates.</p><p>There has been much talk and hand-wringing about the so-called "brain drain," young people earning a degree at a Michigan college or university and then hitting the road. Heading out of Michigan and taking their talents to places like LA, Chicago, Boston, or New York.</p><p>Is that "brain drain" the fault of Michigan's depressed-and-slowly-recovering economy? Or might it just be the age-old truth that young people want to spread their wings?</p><p>Writer John Schneider mused upon these questions in a column in this week's Bridge Magazine. It's title <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/06/childrens-departure-is-part-of-the-cycle-of-life/">"Children's departure is part of the cycle of life."</a></p><p>He joins us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:39:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 13082 at http://michiganradio.org Is it 'brain drain' or is it wanderlust?