The Craig Fahle Show

Panel Discussion With University Presidents Live From Mackinac

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman join Craig for a panel discussion.

The three discuss a report released by the University Research Corridor (URC) called "Innovating for the Blue Economy" which investigates water-related jobs in the state. Coleman spoke at the Mackinac Policy Conference yesterday about this report.

"We are second in the country in regard to these university research clusters," says Coleman.

Simon and Wilson discuss the formation of the URC and its role in putting Michigan universities on the map for national research.

Each says there is need for state funding of higher education and agree a tuition freeze isn't viable for the state.

"There is a significant drop in the number of high school students graduating from Michigan," says Simon.

She says this, in conjunction with recovering from the funding plummet that took place during the economic downturn, has put Michigan universities in a tight place.