michigan universities http://michiganradio.org en 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 Michigan's colleges need to focus more on the state than the 'global community'? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-michigans-colleges-need-focus-more-state-global-community <p>Are Michigan colleges and universities so focused outward&nbsp;that they have become "placeless"? Are families being needlessly fractured by a growing emphasis on global engagement, and a move away from local involvement and commitment?</p><p>Jeffrey Polet, a professor of political science at Hope College in Holland thinks so. In a <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/11/at-college-gaining-the-world-but-losing-a-home/">column</a> for Bridge Magazine&nbsp;Polet argues that Michigan’s “hallowed halls may lead to the world, but they also contribute to the fracturing of communities.”</p><p>Polet talks to us about what he’s seen that caused him to write his piece, and where his criticism lies.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em><br /> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:20:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 15244 at http://michiganradio.org Do Michigan's colleges need to focus more on the state than the 'global community'? All veterans now eligible for in-state tuition at all Michigan public universities http://michiganradio.org/post/all-veterans-now-eligible-state-tuition-all-michigan-public-universities <p>All of Michigan's fifteen public universities are now offering in-state tuition to all veterans, regardless of their legal residence or active duty status.</p><p>In the past, this benefit was limited to active duty personnel.</p><p>Michael A. Boulus is executive director of the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan. He said "Our message is that Michigan's public universities are dedicated to supporting our veterans and their families. We value veterans and are committed to helping them get degrees that are vital to their success and the success of the state."</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:55:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15230 at http://michiganradio.org All veterans now eligible for in-state tuition at all Michigan public universities How students are reacting to the raise in tuition and interest rates in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/how-students-are-reacting-raise-tuition-and-interest-rates-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">College students in Michigan got some unwelcome news over the past week: tuition is going up at many universities and colleges, and interest rates on some of their loans will double.</span></p><p>This one-two punch of soaring costs and rising debt is being felt in many homes around Michigan.</p><p>There are more than 300,000 students in Michigan with federal loans. And the number of people taking out student loans and the amount they borrow continues to climb.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:56:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 13344 at http://michiganradio.org How students are reacting to the raise in tuition and interest rates in Michigan In this morning's news: Rhee speaks at Mackinac, local woman killed in Syria, Michigan entrepreneurs http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-rhee-speaks-mackinac-local-woman-killed-syria-michigan-entrepreneurs <p><strong>Michelle Rhee advocates for Common Core</strong></p><p>Michelle Rhee <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/rhee-praises-michigan-school-reform-progress">spoke yesterday</a> at the Mackinac Policy Conference in favor of maintaining the Common Core curriculum in Michigan. According to the Associated Press,&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Rhee is a self-described lifelong Democrat who has clashed with teachers' unions, one of the party's key constituencies. During her speech, she called for honoring the teaching profession but demanding more accountability and rewarding the best teachers with more pay.”</p><p></p><p><strong>Michigan woman killed in Syrian conflict</strong></p><p>33 year old <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130530/NEWS06/305300146/Flint-woman-killed-in-Syria">Nicole Lynn Mansfield</a> of Flint, Michigan has been killed while fighting for the Syrian opposition movement.</p><p>“Speelman's mother Monica Mansfield Speelman tells the Detroit Free Press that her niece was a convert to Islam who married an Arab immigrant several years ago but later divorced him. Syrian news reports say that Mansfield and two other westerners killed with her were fighters for the opposition to Syria's government and were killed in a confrontation in Idlib,” the Associated Press reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Michigan universities produce young entrepreneurs</strong></p><p>A new report from the Anderson Economic Group states that Michigan’s three largest universities produce <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-universities-producing-entrepreneurs-faster-national-average">twice as many entrepreneurs</a> as the national average.&nbsp; According to Rick Pluta,</p><p>“The report says almost half of the new businesses started by college grads have been started or acquired in Michigan. University officials say they’ve revamped their curriculum in recent years to encourage entrepreneurship among students.”</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:04:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12829 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Rhee speaks at Mackinac, local woman killed in Syria, Michigan entrepreneurs Campus safety after Virginia Tech http://michiganradio.org/post/campus-safety-after-virginia-tech <p>The shootings at Virginia Tech happened five years ago this month. That event caused many colleges and universities to reevaluate safety issues on campus.</p><p>Pat Gotschalk is associate dean of students at <a href="http://www.mtu.edu/">Michigan Technological University</a> in Houghton.&nbsp; She says after the Virginia Tech shooting, her university created what they call an <a href="http://www.mtu.edu/dean/eit/">&ldquo;early intervention team.&rdquo; </a>The team is made up of staff members who identify students who may be struggling.</p><p>Gotschalk says originally the team looked for students with academic problems. But over time, they&rsquo;ve broadened their focus. She says now they deal with students struggling with behavioral, conduct, mental health, or adjustment issues.</p><p>The team reaches out to about one-hundred students each year and helps connect students with counselors or support services. Gotschalk says most large schools and universities have programs that are similar. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:51:13 +0000 Kyle Norris 7143 at http://michiganradio.org Campus safety after Virginia Tech Commentary: Who really runs Michigan’s universities? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-who-really-runs-michigan-s-universities <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Most people would probably say their presidents. Based on a non-scientific experiment I&rsquo;ve been conducting in casual conversations, a fair number of people, can even name the presidents of those schools.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Well, at least the one they attended.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:56:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7051 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Who really runs Michigan’s universities? Students to rally in Lansing for higher education money http://michiganradio.org/post/students-rally-lansing-higher-education-money <p>Students from Michigan&rsquo;s 15 public universities are meeting in Lansing today to personally lobby lawmakers for more money for higher education.</p><p>Jay Gage is a junior at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie. He&rsquo;s also the president of the <a href="http://my.mistudents.org/us/mi/sam/blog/Public/Home.aspx">Student Association of Michigan.</a></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:29:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6838 at http://michiganradio.org 4 year community college degrees in Michigan on hold http://michiganradio.org/post/4-year-community-college-degrees-michigan-hold <p>A push to allow students to get some kinds of four-year degrees at Michigan community colleges is facing a <a href="http://www.mlive.com/education/index.ssf/2012/01/attorney_allowing_community_co.html">roadblock at the state capitol.</a></p><p>Community colleges want to offer bachelor&rsquo;s degrees in nursing and a handful of other fields. Michigan universities oppose letting community colleges offer four-year degrees.</p><p>But state senators are concerned the state constitution may not allow community&nbsp;colleges to offer four-year degrees. So for now, the bill is on hold.&nbsp;</p><p>Mike Hansen is the president of the Michigan Community College Association. He says the writers of the state constitution were a little vague on what could be taught at the community college level.</p><p>&ldquo;I wonder why they didn&rsquo;t just say&hellip;shall not offer baccalaureate degrees&hellip;in the constitution,&quot; says Hansen,&nbsp; &quot;I think the reason&nbsp;they didn&rsquo;t do that was so the legislature can make that decision.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hansen is optimistic the state senate will brush aside the constitution question&nbsp;and approve the bill.&nbsp; Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:29:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 6149 at http://michiganradio.org 4 year community college degrees in Michigan on hold