PSE institutions help Detroit tackle economic decline

September 5, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports this week that a bankrupt Detroit is looking to local colleges and universities as partners in hopes that it will spark an economic recovery. PSE institutions are joining businesses and charitable foundations to figure out how to provide the entrepreneurs, small-business owners and skilled workers necessary to assist the city. A new program called the Detroit Scholarship Fund gives tuition-free enrolment for associate degrees or technical certificates to students who graduated from any Detroit high school in 2013. Marygrove College, a Roman Catholic liberal-arts institution, is midway through a 3-year program that aims to develop urban leaders. “Semester in Detroit” is a University of Michigan program that brings students to live at Wayne State University and intern in the city with non-profit community groups, business start-ups, museums, or political officials. uMichigan will also run "Michigan Meeting," an event that will bring scholars from a range of disciplines to Detroit next May to grapple with "the global problem of urban decline by focusing on the paradigmatic example of Detroit." Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)