Michigan Higher Education Receives Failing Grades For Transparency Issues

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Michigan lawmakers and higher education leaders are receiving failing grades for transparency, accountability and policy on the Institute for a Competitive Workforce 2012 Report Card.

The institute is a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that claims to promote effective job training systems through education.

The report aims to find the best and worst performing states by giving 11 grades, ranging from A to F, evaluating public four-year and two-year institutions. Those categories include: student access, cost-effectiveness, meeting labor market demands, transparency and accountability, policy environment, innovation in being open to providers and online learning.

“It focuses on the performance of the institutions over which state governments have the most influence: public colleges and universities," reads the ICW report. "Our youngest workers rank a disappointing 15th out of 34 industrialized countries in the percentage with a college diploma. Tuition rates have grown at three times the rate of inflation in recent decades, prompting students, employers, and policymakers alike to question how efficiently and effectively our institutions of higher education are using the precious resources made available to them.”

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