The tradition of public colleges in Michigan began in 1817, twenty years before it became a state with the founding of the University of Michigan in Detroit. It was later moved to the city of Ann Arbor. Today, there are 93 Michigan colleges and universities that exist under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of higher education. This expansive list includes 31 colleges that offer Associate's degrees, seventeen baccalaureate Michigan schools and 19 universities for completing graduate work. Eleven schools in Michigan are considered to be baccalaureate/associate's institutions. Additionally, there are eight research universities and two tribal colleges.
The Michigan Constitution grants constitutional autonomy to the state's public universities in accordance with Article VIII, Section III. This gives the universities the power to supervise and control each respective institute. It enables Michigan colleges to govern in a way that recognizes the benefits of experts to make decisions. This autonomy has existed since 1850 when it was granted to the University of Michigan. This action was taken after delegates to the constitutional convention of 1850 brought up the fact that the University of Michigan had been showing a poor enrollment and slow growth since 1837.
In the decades that followed, universities that were created continued to be given constitutional autonomy. It was felt to be the best method of governance for the institutes of higher learning. Michigan has continued to be successful in maintaining institutional autonomy while states surrounding it have organized higher education institutions into centralized bureaucratic systems or with control by state boards of education. In this regard, higher education in Michigan maintains a unique status.
Proponents of autonomy maintain that the lack of too much state level bureaucracy allows the universities in the state to operate more efficiently and expeditiously. The same proponents note that autonomy is more efficient for recruiting and keeping top university administrators.
Even with constitutional autonomy, the state legislature works with the universities directly. They help determine appropriate levels of public funding, help establish needs and merit-based scholarships and ensure accountability for appropriations.
The most popular colleges in Michigan include the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It ranks third in all public colleges in the nation and eleventh world-wide according to Newsweek magazine. Kalamazoo College in the city of Kalamazoo ranks high in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges in National Liberal Arts Colleges. Other top colleges in the state include Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Hope College in Holland, and Michigan State University in East-Lansing.
Manufacturing has long been important to the economy of the state of Michigan. The element of manufacturing grew rapidly, and by the turn of the 20th century around 25 percent of all job-holders in the state were factory workers. The advent of the auto industry in the early 20th century transformed the state into a world-class and widely acclaimed manufacturing area. By the latter part of the century, the total value in shipments was an astounding $218 billion.
Vehicles and related equipment dominate Michigan's economy and makes up over a quarter of the manufacturing payroll in the state. Not surprisingly, the state's major industrial area is the Detroit metropolitan area. The area includes a heavy concentration of plants of vehicles and related goods in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. Additionally, this area contains major steel, pharmaceutical and chemical industries among others.
Major industrial cities in Michigan are large and dynamic economically. These cities include Flint, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Savignaw and Kalamazoo.
Due to General Motors(GM), Ford and Chrysler having headquarters in Detroit, Michigan contains three of the largest industrial corporations in the United States. At the beginning of the 21st century, General Motors was the world's leading manufacturer.
Other products and services that provide employment for residents include information technology, aerospace products, food products, copper and iron ore mining, furniture and military equipment. The state is also the third leading grower of Christmas trees with over 60,520 of land dedicated to the farming of the trees. Domino's and Little Caesars Pizza chains were founded in Michigan. Headquarters for both provide many jobs for those with business degrees, humanities degrees, food science degrees and more.
Michigan ranked fourth in the nation for high-tech employment in 2002 with a total of 568,00 workers. This trend is expected to continue because of the technology that new auto designs constantly incorporate. The state consistently ranks high in research and development expenditures in the nation. This research and development expenditure includes the automotive industry. It makes up a higher percentage of the overall state gross domestic product than any other of the 50 states.
Michigan also provides a good source of engineering jobs. Additionally, in 2004, it was second in the nation for new corporate facilities and expansions.
The University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University all house leading research centers. They make important partners for the economy in Michigan. These universities attract more than $1.5 billion in grants for research and development each year. An important research center to the state is the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located at Michigan State University.
The well-educated and highly skilled workforce of this state is attractive to large and successful companies. The fact that it ranks third in the nation for engineering graduates will ensure that this trend continues. In 2010, Michigan was the nation's leader in new job creations.
Found 284 Post-Secondary Schools In Michigan
|Adrian College||Adrian||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1081|
|Fisers College of Cosmetology||Adrian||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||89|
|Siena Heights University||Adrian||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1972|
|Albion College||Albion||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1525|
|Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary||Allen Park||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Grand Valley State University||Allendale||MI||4-year public||18569|
|Alma College||Alma||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1409|
|Alpena Community College||Alpena||MI||2-year public||1853|
|Alpenas Hollywood School of Beauty Inc||Alpena||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Access International Business and Language Inst||Ann Arbor||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy||Ann Arbor||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Ann Arbor School of Massage and Bodywork||Ann Arbor||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Careers in Travel||Ann Arbor||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Cleary University||Ann Arbor||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||705|
|Concordia University - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||604|
|Conlin Hallissey Travel School Inc||Ann Arbor||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor||MI||4-year public||38103|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor||MI||2-year public||11089|
|Baker College of Auburn Hills||Auburn Hills||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1910|
|Kellogg Community College||Battle Creek||MI||2-year public||5300|
|Wright Beauty Academy||Battle Creek||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||40|
|Bayshire Academy of Beauty Craft Inc||Bay City||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||51|
|Heath Kit Company||Benton Harbor||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Lake Michigan College||Benton Harbor||MI||2-year public||3411|
|Andrews University||Berrien Springs||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||2749|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids||MI||4-year public||9847|
|Berlitz Language Centers||Bingham Farms||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Birmingham Bible Institute||Birmingham||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Cranbrook Academy of Art||Bloomfield Hills||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||141|
|Oakland Community College - Bloomfield Hills Campus||Bloomfield Hills||MI||2-year public||23188|
|Brighton Institute of Cosmetology||Brighton||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Bay Mills Community College||Brimley||MI||2-year public||360|
|Baker College of Cadillac||Cadillac||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||864|
|Cadillac Academy of Beauty||Cadillac||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|MIAT College of Technology||Canton||MI||2-year private, for-profit||498|
|Howards Caro Beauty Academy||Caro||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Glen Oaks Community College||Centreville||MI||2-year public||1601|
|Hoffman Flying Service Inc||Cheboygan||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Academy of Court Reporting - Clawson||Clawson||MI||2-year private, for-profit||244|
|Baker College of Clinton Township||Clinton Township||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||2559|
|Fernandis Beauty College||Clinton Township||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Macomb County Association of Realtors||Clinton Township||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|American Truck Driving of Michigan||Coldwater||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|School of Creative Hair Design||Coldwater||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||12|
|Wayne Starr School of Cosmetology Inc||Davison||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||47|
|Davenport University - Eastern Region - Dearborn||Dearborn||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||3158|
|Detroit Barber College Inc||Dearborn||MI||2-year private, for-profit||35|
|Henry Ford Community College||Dearborn||MI||2-year public||12742|
|Travel Training Center Inc Dba Ttc - the Trng Ctr||Dearborn||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University of Michigan - Dearborn||Dearborn||MI||4-year public||8400|
|Academy of Animal Arts||Dearborn Heights||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Sally Esser Beauty School - Garden City||Dearborn Heights||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Byrons School of Floral Arts||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|College for Creative Studies||Detroit||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1086|
|Detroit Health Department Nutrition Division||Detroit||MI||4-year public||6|
|Ecumenical Theological Seminary||Detroit||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Henry Ford Hospital School of Radiologic Techn||Detroit||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Jowa Security Training Institute||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Jtpa School of Practical Nursing||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year public||100|
|Krainz Woods Academy of Medical Laboratory Tech||Detroit||MI||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Lewis College of Business||Detroit||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||323|
|Local 547 Stationary Engineering Educational Fund||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Marygrove College||Detroit||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||5744|
|Michigan Barber School Inc||Detroit||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||145|
|Michigan Paralegal Institute||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Multi - Training Systems||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Payne - Pulliam School of Trade and Commerce Inc||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Private Ventures Inc||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Quality Career Skills Laboratories Inc||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|S J Williams School of Religion||Detroit||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Sacred Heart Major Seminary||Detroit||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||377|
|Saint John Hospital and Med Ctr Sch of Rad Techn||Detroit||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Ser Business and Technical Institute||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||19|
|State College of Beauty||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||6023|
|Us Truck Driving Training School||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Wayne County Community College District||Detroit||MI||2-year public||9008|
|Wayne State University||Detroit||MI||4-year public||30408|
|Sister Lakes Academy||Dowagiac||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Southwestern Michigan College||Dowagiac||MI||2-year public||3047|
|Douglas J Aveda Institute||East Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||110|
|Lansing Computer Institute||East Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing||MI||4-year public||43366|
|Michigan State University College of Law||East Lansing||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||703|
|Recording Institute of Detroit||Eastpointe||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Bay De Noc Community College||Escanaba||MI||2-year public||2073|
|U P Academy of Hair Design||Escanaba||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Center for Humanistic Studies Graduate School||Farmington Hills||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||76|
|William Tyndale College||Farmington Hills||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||625|
|Avanti Career Academy||Fenton||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Fenton School of Hair Design||Fenton||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Michigan Hvac Vocational Training Center||Ferndale||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Virginia Farrell Beauty School||Ferndale||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||129|
|Avante School of Modeling - Agency Ltd||Flint||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Baker College Center for Graduate Studies||Flint||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1592|
|Baker College Corporate Services||Flint||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1048|
|Baker College of Flint||Flint||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||3896|
|Faith Tech Bible School||Flint||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Flint Bible Institute||Flint||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Flint Institute of Barbering Inc||Flint||MI||2-year private, for-profit||29|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/1 2 3 >