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Higher Ed Collaboration Between Independent, Non-Profits and Community Colleges Leads to 3,229 Degrees Awarded

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Robert LeFevre, 517-372-9160  March 10, 2017  Higher Ed Collaboration Between Independent, Non-Profits and Community Colleges Leads to 3,229 Degrees Awarded. New MICU Report Details Improved Student Access, Cost Savings Collaboration agreements between Michigan’s independent, non-profit colleges and universities and the state’s community college sector are helping thousands of students earn their degrees, according to a new report issued today by Michigan’s Independent Colleges & Universities (MICU). By taking two years of courses at a community college before transferring to a four-year MICU member institution, more Michigan students are able to access postsecondary education. Currently, 8,024 students are enrolled in independent, non-profit colleges and universities as a result of collaboration agreements.

“When it comes to higher education, access is an important issue that comes to mind for students and policy leaders alike,” said Robert LeFevre, MICU president. “That is why our state’s higher education community has come together to develop innovative solutions that work.” MICU’s report notes approximately 12.4 percent of all students (9,054 individuals) transferred into their member institutions during the 2015-2016 academic year. For graduates of partnership programs during this period, collaboration resulted in more than $72 million in total cost savings for these students and their families.

“Eighteen out of our 25 members have specific collaboration agreements in place with their neighboring community colleges, with more being developed” said Davenport University president Dr. Richard Pappas, who also serves as MICU board president. “These agreements include local articulation transfer programs and other specialized programs hosted on community college campuses. We find these tools to be of immense value in supporting lasting student success, adding specialized training opportunities, and ensuring that higher education is accessible for students in all circumstances.”

More than 25 percent of degrees awarded in FY 2016 by independent, non-profit colleges and universities were completed through collaboration agreements. Top areas of study for students participating in these programs include management/marketing, health professions, and computer science. The full report is available at http://micolleges.org/collaboration-across-higher-education-institutions-michigan

Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities (MICU) represents the state’s not-for-profit independent colleges and universities. Our goal is to increase awareness of the impact MICU members have on higher education in Michigan. With more than 114,000 students at our institutions, Michigan’s independent, non-profit colleges & universities educate approximately 15 percent of all college students in the state. MICU serves its members through government relations, public policy development and advocacy.