higher education http://michiganradio.org en 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? Michigan facing a lawsuit over student loan program http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-facing-lawsuit-over-student-loan-program <p>The state of Michigan is facing a potential class action lawsuit over a student loan program.</p><p></p><p>Beginning in 2003, the Michigan Students First loan program offered college students an interest rate subsidy after their first 36 on-time loan payments, effectively reducing their interest rate to zero.</p><p></p><p>But in 2010, the subsidy was ended.</p><p></p><p>Attorney Jeff Hank says that left thousands of Michigan college students having to pay more in student loans than they had originally planned.</p><p></p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12944 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan facing a lawsuit over student loan program Wayne State University has a new President http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-university-has-new-president <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Wayne State University Board of Governors unanimously approved <a href="http://bog.wayne.edu/presidentialsearch/dr-wilson.php">Dr. M. Roy Wilson</a> as the school’s next President Wednesday.</p><p>Wilson is currently a deputy director at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. An ophthalmologist by training, he comes from a background in medical research that spans government and academia.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 23:09:07 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12912 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State University has a new President In this morning's news: possible cap on FOIA fees, Lansing's budget showdown, education for inmates http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-possible-cap-foia-fees-lansings-budget-showdown-education-inmates <p><strong>Legislation in Michigan House could cap FOIA fees</strong></p><p>There is new legislation up for initial hearing this week in Lansing. It is a response to local governments and state agencies charging hefty fees for people to see government records.</p><p>"One of the bills would limit most charges for requests filed under the state’s Freedom of Information Act to no more than 10 cents a page. Another would create a Michigan Open Government Commission to hear challenges to government denials of information requests," Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Lansing City Council vs. Mayor Virg Bernero</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council will vote tonight on a budget for next year. Michigan Radio's Steve <span>Carmody</span> <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-votes-fy2014-budget-tonight" target="_blank">reports</a> that "the vote will likely put the council at odds with Mayor <span>Virg</span> <span>Bernero</span>."&nbsp;</p><p>The mayor wants to add annual fees for city water and electricity customers. Conversely, the council wants to make several spending cuts including eliminating several new positions the mayor wants to add to the city's payroll. Mayor Virg Bernero will have until Thursday to veto parts of the city budget he doesn’t like. The Lansing city council has until early June to try to override the mayor’s expected vetoes.</p><p><strong>Higher education opportunities piloted in Michigan prisons</strong></p><p>"After years without funding for prisoners to access higher education, the Michigan Department of Corrections is immersed in several efforts to teach community college courses and vocational training in-house to a small number of inmates who are near parole. Michigan will join a pilot project that hopes to gather enough evidence to possibly resurrect publicly supported postsecondary education in prisons nationally," reports <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130520/METRO/305200336/Michigan-aims-expand-education-inmates?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit News</a>.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:52:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12637 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: possible cap on FOIA fees, Lansing's budget showdown, education for inmates A freshman Representative's bill could fix Michigan's 'Brain Drain' http://michiganradio.org/post/freshman-representatives-bill-could-fix-michigans-brain-drain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>As new grads drift out of Ann Arbor after last weekend's commencement, where will they go?</p><p>Degrees in hand, they're on the job search - which doesn't mean they're staying in Michigan.</p><p>State Representative Andy Schor, D-Lansing, is the sponsor of House Bill 4182, which would provide tax credits to college graduates of public or private four-year colleges and universities in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:04:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 12431 at http://michiganradio.org A freshman Representative's bill could fix Michigan's 'Brain Drain' Michigan high school curriculum could be changing - for better or worse? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-high-school-curriculum-could-be-changing-better-or-worse <p>Education is front and center these days in Michigan.</p><p>Governor Snyder spoke today to a summit of education leaders, calling for businesses to get more closely involved with public education.</p><p>Snyder believes many students might be being pushed toward getting a four-year college degree when vocation education – technical career training or community college – might make just as much sense for them.</p><p>In the state House and Senate, there is movement towards changing Michigan’s high school graduation requirements.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:13:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 12234 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan high school curriculum could be changing - for better or worse? Is the Kalamazoo Promise worth keeping? http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-worth-keeping <p></p><p>Students who attend a public Kalamazoo high school for their entire high school career and live in the district during those four years have the opportunity to attend a Michigan college or University for free.</p><p>This, of course, is old news.</p><p>The Kalamazoo Promise was announced in November 2005 and has since proven to be one of the most groundbreaking educational programs in the state. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:57:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 11743 at http://michiganradio.org Is the Kalamazoo Promise worth keeping? Stateside: The future of online education http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-future-online-education <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">The following is a&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.</em></p><p>The state of Michigan is quickly becoming a leader in online education with the support of Governor Snyder.</p><p>K-12 schools, colleges and universities throughout the state are realizing the potential online learning offers to students.&nbsp;</p><p>A recent education study conducted by The Center for Michigan found that residents are less enthusiastic about online learning.&nbsp;</p><p>As a new form of education, there are still unanswered questions about the advantages and disadvantages of online learning for students.</p><p>Michigan Virtual University, founded in the late 1990's by the State of Michigan is now one of the largest virtual schools in the country.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty&nbsp;spoke with Jamey Fitzpatrick, the President and CEO of Michigan Virtual University. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:29:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 11325 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The future of online education Stateside: Future challenges facing institutions of higher education http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-future-challenges-facing-institutions-higher-education <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">The following is a&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.</em></p><p>As funding for higher education experiences drastic cuts, tuition continues to increase nationwide.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, colleges and universities are looking at how they have contributed to the economic situation facing institutions of higher education.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia&nbsp;Canty&nbsp;spoke with James&nbsp;Duderstadt&nbsp;concerning the economic climate among institutions of higher education.</p><p>James Duderstadt,a former president of the University of Michigan, is an important voice in the national conversation among higher education institutions. Mr. Duderstadt&nbsp;currently serves on the National Academies Commission on the Future of the American Research University. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:28:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 11326 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Future challenges facing institutions of higher education