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
|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|
|Glen Oaks Community College||Centreville||MI||2-year public||1601|
|Gogebic Community College||Ironwood||MI||2-year public||1106|
|Grace Bible College||Wyoming||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||140|
|Grand Rapids Community College||Grand Rapids||MI||2-year public||13400|
|Grand Valley State University||Allendale||MI||4-year public||18569|
|Great Lakes Charter Training||Harrison Township||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Great Lakes Christian College||Lansing||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||213|
|Hair Force Academy Inc||Flint||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Hairacy College of Cosmetology - Port Huron||Port Huron||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Health Enrichment Center Inc||Lapeer||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||218|
|Heath Kit Company||Benton Harbor||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Henry Ford Community College||Dearborn||MI||2-year public||12742|
|Henry Ford Hospital School of Radiologic Techn||Detroit||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|High Scope Educational Research Foundation||Ypsilanti||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Hillsdale Beauty College||Hillsdale||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||44|
|Hillsdale College||Hillsdale||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Hoffman Flying Service Inc||Cheboygan||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Holloways Real Estate Institute Inc||Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Hope College||Holland||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||3015|
|Houghton Lake Institute of Cosmetology Llc||Houghton Lake||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||16|
|Howards Caro Beauty Academy||Caro||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Howell College of Cosmetology||Howell||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||58|
|Hurley Medical Center - School of Radiologic Tech||Flint||MI||2-year public||20|
|Infinity Institute of Hypnotherapy||Royal Oak||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Institute of Natural Health Sciences||Novi||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Institute of Transformational Hypnotherapy||Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|International Bartending - Michigan Inc||Livonia||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Irenes Myomassology Institute||Southfield||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|ITT Technical Institute||Grand Rapids||MI||2-year private, for-profit||404|
|ITT Technical Institute||Troy||MI||2-year private, for-profit||607|
|Jackson Community College||Jackson||MI||2-year public||5069|
|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|
|Kal - Aero||Portage||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Kalamazoo College||Kalamazoo||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1322|
|Kalamazoo Valley Community College||Kalamazoo||MI||2-year public||9319|
|Kellogg Community College||Battle Creek||MI||2-year public||5300|
|Kettering University||Flint||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||3331|
|Kirtland Community College||Roscommon||MI||2-year public||1307|
|Krainz Woods Academy of Medical Laboratory Tech||Detroit||MI||2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Kuyper College||Grand Rapids||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||51|
|Lake Michigan College||Benton Harbor||MI||2-year public||3411|
|Lake Superior State University||Sault Ste Marie||MI||4-year public||3118|
|Lansing Community College||Lansing||MI||2-year public||16011|
|Lansing Computer Institute||East Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Lawrence Technological University||Southfield||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||4087|
|Lawton School||Southfield||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||77|
|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|
|M J Murphy Beauty College of Mount Pleasant||Mount Pleasant||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||59|
|Macomb Community College||Warren||MI||2-year public||22001|
|Macomb County Association of Realtors||Clinton Township||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Madonna University||Livonia||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||3968|
|Marquette General Hospital||Marquette||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||10|
|Marygrove College||Detroit||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||5744|
|Metro Technical Institute||Oak Park||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||104|
|MIAT College of Technology||Canton||MI||2-year private, for-profit||498|
|Michigan Association of Realtors||Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Michigan Barber School Inc||Detroit||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||145|
|Michigan Career and Technical Institute||Plainwell||MI||Less than 2-year public||535|
|Michigan College of Beauty||Troy||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||285|
|Michigan College of Beauty||Monroe||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||98|
|Michigan Hvac Vocational Training Center||Ferndale||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Michigan Institute of Real Estate Inc||Livonia||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Michigan Jewish Institute||Oak Park||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||145|
|Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center||Rochester Hills||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Michigan Paralegal Institute||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology||Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||11|
|Michigan School of Holistic Health||Saint Clair Shores||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|
|Michigan Technological University||Houghton||MI||4-year public||6336|
|Michigan Theological Seminary||Plymouth||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||186|
|Mid - Michigan School of Real Estate Training||Metamora||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Mid Michigan Community College||Harrison||MI||2-year public||2316|
|Middleton Real Estate Training Inc||Southfield||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Monarch Travel Academy||Flint||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Monroe County Community College||Monroe||MI||2-year public||3555|
|Montcalm Community College||Sidney||MI||2-year public||1545|
|Mott Community College||Flint||MI||2-year public||8659|
|Mount Hope Bible Training Institute||Lansing||MI||Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Mr Belas School of Cosmetology Inc||Warren||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||90|
|Mr Davids School of Cosmetology Ltd||Flint||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||64|
|Multi - Training Systems||Detroit||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Muskegon Community College||Muskegon||MI||2-year public||4311|
|Muskegon Training Education Center||Muskegon||MI||Less than 2-year public||No Data|
|National Institute of Technology||Southfield||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||710|
|Nci Associates Ltd||Madison Heights||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|New Tribes Mission Inc - New Tribes Bible Institute||Jackson||MI||2-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|North Central Michigan College||Petoskey||MI||2-year public||2196|
|Northern Air Flight Training||Grand Rapids||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette||MI||4-year public||8427|
|Northwestern Michigan College||Traverse City||MI||2-year public||3965|
|Northwestern Technological Institute||Southfield||MI||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||97|
|Northwood University||Midland||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||3835|
|Oakland Community College - Bloomfield Hills Campus||Bloomfield Hills||MI||2-year public||23188|
|Oakland University||Rochester Hills||MI||4-year public||15235|
|Olivet College||Olivet||MI||4-year private, not-for-profit||1022|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/< 1 2 3 >