Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 22, 2014

Michigan schools lead in degrees, lag in startups

DETROIT (AP) — An alliance of Michigan’s three largest universities awards more degrees than any other such network, but it lags rivals in the prized mission of transferring technology out of the classroom and into commercial ventures, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report found the University Research Corridor tops the list of eight university networks nationwide for enrollment and the number of degrees awarded, particularly in high technology. But the alliance, which consists of University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, placed next to last in technology transfer, and last in launching startups over a five-year period that ended with fiscal year 2012.

The other groups represent major universities in Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and northern and southern California. Officials say the report helps show how Michigan’s universities stack up against big players such as Stanford, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and become more attractive for top students and faculty as well as public and private investment.

The report also underscores a new challenge for big universities: Serve as economic, as well as academic drivers for their regions and states.

“Annual reports really help us benchmark,” University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman told The Associated Press. “It’s easy to benchmark yourself against yourself, so we look at areas of the nation that have shown to be very highly innovative and good places for startup businesses.”

The report, commissioned by the URC and written for the past seven years by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group, ranks Michigan’s alliance second among university groups in what the consulting firm dubbed an Innovation Power Ranking that includes technology transfer, talent and research. The report said the last two areas have greater weight in the ranking because they more closely align with universities’ core mission, but commercialization and becoming an economic development engine are becoming more emphasized.

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Facebook Is Officially A Mobile Company 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter