October 21, 2014 – 1:30-2:45 PM Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

The Event

October 21, 2014 – 1:30-2:45 PM Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

401 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Across the state and nation, there has hardly been a time when greater pressure has been put on our colleges and universities to fulfill a dizzying array of functions. The demands are many: Colleges must fulfill a commercial function, by producing job seekers with competitive degrees; a civic function, by contributing to a more engaged citizenry; a cognitive function, by teaching and modeling critical thought; a cultural function, by promoting cultural literacy and intercultural understanding; and a constructive function, by providing fertile ground for students to build themselves into autonomous individuals.

Tasked with addressing these needs head-on, universities and policy makers have to ask big questions about higher education in Michigan: How do we help students graduate on time? How can we make college affordable to wider demographics? And how can we ensure that our universities have the resources necessary to produce a better educated, innovative, and civically engaged citizenry? Two public policy experts—Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy; and Jarrett Skorup, policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy—explored and debated these issues in search of actionable common ground.

Jacobs argued that:

1. The state of Michigan needs to simultaneously increase funding for public universities and reduce tuition.

2. Higher tuition costs resulting from decreased state funding to universities is a drain on Michigan’s economy.

3. Reducing tuition at Michigan’s public universities will make a college education more attainable and increase the overall education level statewide.

Skorup responded that:

1. Before devoting more money to public universities, the state should make sure it is getting a good deal with the current funding.

2. There is no evidence that spending more money on higher education results in more graduates.

3. There is no evidence that simply having more college graduates results in a better state economy.

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October 21, 2014 – 1:30-2:45 PM Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Grand Rapids Campus

401 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Across the state and nation, there has hardly been a time when greater pressure has been put on our colleges and universities to fulfill a dizzying array of functions. The demands are many: Colleges must fulfill a commercial function, by producing job seekers with competitive degrees; a civic function, by contributing to a more engaged citizenry; a cognitive function, by teaching and modeling critical thought; a cultural function, by promoting cultural literacy and intercultural understanding; and a constructive function, by providing fertile ground for students to build themselves into autonomous individuals.

Tasked with addressing these needs head-on, universities and policy makers have to ask big questions about higher education in Michigan: How do we help students graduate on time? How can we make college affordable to wider demographics? And how can we ensure that our universities have the resources necessary to produce a better educated, innovative, and civically engaged citizenry? Two public policy experts—Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy; and Jarrett Skorup, policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy—will explore and debate these issues in search of actionable common ground.

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