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Crain's reports Michigan public universities fifth nationwide in degrees awarded each year

February 14, 2013

Michigan's 15 public universities collectively rank fifth among U.S. states for total degrees awarded each year, at more than 62,000, and 11th in degrees awarded per capita, despite a No. 37 ranking in state budget funding per full-time-equivalent student, a new online research tool shows. Business Leaders for Michigan on Wednesday launched its Michigan's Performance Tracker for Public Universities online data tool at The Performance Tracker compiles financial and other data on all 15 public universities from the 2002-03 to 2009-10 academic years, then uses 30 performance criteria to rate the universities on their relative productivity and efficiency, affordability and access to students, and overall economic impact. Among the key findings of its initial Performance Tracker research, Business Leaders noted: As a group, Michigan's public universities rank fifth in total degrees produced and fourth nationally in critical-skills degrees produced. Those degrees include fields such as science, technology, engineering and math. Ten out of 15 universities were above the average among a selected peer group of public universities in other states for average net price of attendance for in-state students. Thirteen of 15 Michigan universities are above their median in their assigned peer group of out-of-state public schools for producing degrees in critical-skills areas such as medicine, engineering, mathematics, technology and other sciences. Thirteen out of 15 Michigan universities are below their peer average for state support. Ten out of 15 were above their peer median in producing total degrees, with seven among the top 20 percent among their peers.