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Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson Touts Economic and Social Benefits of Higher Education

The social mobility made possible by a college education is the key to a strong middle class, and the gateway to the American dream. That point was emphasized by Dr. M. Roy Wilson during his keynote address at the Conference. In addition to labeling career advancement and expansive networks as benefits of higher education, Wilson demonstrated the impact that university research can have on the socioeconomic upheaval of a community, including millions of dollars’ worth of economic impact and hundreds of thousands of dollars in state tax revenue.

Wilson spoke of Detroit’s residents and resources playing a role in the city’s transformation, including the impact made by public universities. He urged attendees to use education to change the city; to leverage university resources and unleash them to most effectively attract talent investment to the region.