Community Colleges

Community colleges

The good folks at Bridge Magazine published a guest commentary I wrote based on my commencement address at Alma College. (The Bridge column is here and the entire Alma speech here. The article was republished, to my pleasant surprise, by the Detroit Free Press here.) Jim Jacobs, the terrific President of Macomb Community College, in an email to me and Carol…

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Two Important Books II

Two important books II

In my last post I recommended The Second Machine Age for anyone interested in learning what the economy and jobs of the future are likely to look like. The second book I want to recommend is about education. As followers of our work know we have come to believe that education is the best lever available for both individuals and…

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An Important Book

An important book

The focus of our work at Michigan Future is how to restore Michigan to high prosperity––a place with a  broad middle class––in an economy that is being transformed by globalization and technology. What has been clear to us since we started doing this work in the early nineties is that what made us prosperous in the past won't in the…

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More Than A Test Score

More than a test score

Another great piece from Paul Tough. This time a New York Times magazine article entitled "Who gets to graduate?" Its about what matters most to graduating from college. The answer isn't your ACT or SAT score. Tough is the author of  two terrific books on education success, particularly by poor kids. Whatever It Takes (about the Harlem Children's Zone) and…

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A Must Read Report

A must read report

Doug Drake has authored a must read report on the role lower taxes has played in shaping the Michigan economy over the last two decades. It's entitled: Michigan’s Tax Policies: Wrong Turns on the Path to Prosperity. You can download the report here. The report details two decades of tax cuts from 1994 to 2012. The costs of the cuts in declining…

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