College attainment and prosperity

At Michigan Future our goal for the state is high prosperity. A place, once again, with a broad middle class. A status we enjoyed for most of the 20th Century. But now have lost. Prosperity is best measured by per capita income. What we have found is that with the exception of a few states that enjoy high per capita…

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On the wrong track: Michigan education policy

Two new reports make clear again that Michigan is on the wrong track when it comes  to education policy. Both k-12 and higher education. Given the increased alignment between education attainment and state economic prosperity, getting education policy right should be an economic growth priority. As reported by DBusiness a new study from Demos ranks Michigan 47th for higher education…

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43rd and falling?

As we explored in my last post on the best measure of employment––the proportion of those 16 and older with a job–-in 2013 Michigan ranked 43rd. Clearly not something to celebrate. To make matters worse there is a good chance that things will get worse, not better. Take for example the future job growth projections done for the Michigan Economic…

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Oh boy we are 43rd

Listening to the press, Lansing elected officials and Michigan business leaders one gets the sense that Michigan has one of––if not the––best state economy. Yes Michigan's economy is better than it was in the depth of the Great Recession in 2009. And since 2009 on most economic metrics we have grown faster than the country. That is good news. But…

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Go to college II

At about the same time that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was saying "Go to college. I can’t be any clearer.", the Grand Rapids Business Journal reported that Governor Snyder at an economic summit he hosted in Grand Rapids said: "Michigan education is “too often focused on a diploma or a degree,” he said, “and not saying, ‘Are you career ready?’”…

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