ARTICLES

Governor’s vision for students is archaic

April 6, 2018
In Heather E. McGowan’s must-read LinkedIn column “Preparing Students to Lose Their Job,” she calls for a transformation of the mission of education — from one that prepares people for a job to one that prepares people for continuous job loss. Read More

Michigan metros don’t stack up

February 16, 2018
Michigan’s two big metros not being selected as a finalist for the Amazon’s HQ2 should not surprise anyone. Read More

STEM-related degrees aren’t the future

January 12, 2018
Crain's Detroit Business recently reported Gov. Rick Snyder is going to propose making coding a foreign language credit in high schools. Read More

Data show four-year degree is most reliable path to prosperity

December 15, 2017
Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a table showing the national unemployment rate and median earnings from work by education attainment. Read More

Projections indicate too many low-paying jobs

November 24, 2017
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their job projections for 2016-26. Read More

Soft skills key to securing good living without degree

October 20, 2017
The foundation skills for a successful, good-paying career for those without a four-year degree are not primarily occupation-specific skills. Read More

Are jobs in skilled/professional trades attractive enough?

September 8, 2017
Conventional wisdom is one of the main culprits in the so-called skill shortage is that all Michigan kids are being pushed to get a four-year degree. Read More

Vibrant central cities, universities key to attracting and retaining talent

August 25, 2017
Pittsburgh is viewed by many as Exhibit A for how so-called Rust Belt regions can return to prosperity. Read More

USDOL data shows four-year degrees are where the money is

July 14, 2017
We hear a lot about the abundance of good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. Read More

A four-pronged approach to economic well-being in Michigan

June 16, 2017
It was an honor to serve as a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Building the 21st Century Economy Commission. Read More