Most Increase Key Outcomes and Perform Better Than National Peers
DETROIT, Mich. — Michigan’s public universities are showing impressive gains, according to the 2015 update of Business Leaders for Michigan’s Performance Tracker for Public Universities.
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) has identified higher education as both critical to producing the talent Michigan needs and a key economic sector that has the potential to build a New Michigan economy.
“Four out of every five Michigan public universities are increasing their enrollments,” said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “In the short term, this translates into more students here in our state boosting economic activity and generating new research. Over the long haul, however, higher enrollment means increased investment and potentially higher population, entrepreneurship, and opportunities for statewide economic advancement.”
This year’s key findings include:
- 12 of 15 institutions increased their enrollments
- 10 of 15 have six-year graduation rates better than their peer average, and 11 have increased their graduation rate in the past year
- 10 of 15 institutions have student retention rates better than their peer average, and nine have increased their retention rates over the past year
- 10 of 15 awarded more total degrees than their peer average, and 12 have increased their total number of degrees awarded