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Each year, Michigan’s 15 public universities offer a diverse array of opportunities to more than 303,000 degree-seeking students from around the world. These institutions offer bright promise for a future knowledge economy that is robust, growing, and highly prosperous.

As we continue shaping Michigan’s higher education marketplace through strategic investment, it is essential that we understand the value public universities provide. In 2012, Business Leaders for Michigan partnered with the Michigan Association of State Universities to dig deeper into the measures and outcomes our public universities generate.

The public universities contributing to this research are:
  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • University of Michigan  Flint
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

As we move forward to compete and attract students from across the U.S. and around the world, we must have a clear understanding of the relative performance and rank of Michigan’s public universities.

For nearly 40 years, universities have been grouped into peer categories using the Carnegie Classification™ framework. This framework is based on objective, publicly available data, and is regularly updated. It is the general standard for higher education research. As we seek to determine how Michigan’s higher education community stacks up, we use the Carnegie Classification™ framework.