Improving College Graduation Rates

At Michigan Future, Inc. we believe that investments in higher education are the single best thing the state can do to grow a high prosperity economy. It is the best asset we have to grow a knowledge-based economy. In the Twentieth Century we built one of the best public higher ed systems on the planet when it didn’t matter so…

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We Have To Change

The question I get most often these days is for my take on the 2010 elections. To be honest I don't have a clue what is going to happen. But I do have a sense of the nature of the debate. Likely it will be a repeat of the 2006 elections. As you remember that was a race where Mr.…

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Charters for Adults?

I attended a terrific conference this week – co hosted by CEOs for Cities and United Way for Southeastern Michigan – on reducing poverty. The mission was to identify local actions that can significantly reduce poverty over the next two to four years. In my presentation, unfortunately, I said we don't know how to do that. Nationally there are two…

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Introducing Michigan Future Schools

Today we officially launch Michigan Future Schools (MFS) as an initiative of Michigan Future, Inc. It builds on the work we have been doing for the past decade or so to figure out how to connect urban high schools students to the economy of the future.  Its goal is to create new high schools at scale in Detroit and its…

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Apple Again

After reading my previous post on Apple, John Austin, of the State Board of Education and the Brookings Institution, sent me a terrific study. Its from the Personal Computing Industry Center at the UC Irvine. Its topic is job creation generated by the iPod. It is one of the best articles I have seen on how products are made in…

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