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Bill Pink on Michigan’s Education Problem

“We have a problem; we have to go about fixing it,” said Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday, May 30 at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Drawing on statewide and national data, Pink articulated Michigan’s current state of education, noting the decline in graduation rates, lack of skilled trades training, and decreased rankings in math, reading, and science.

He emphasized the need to effectively identify and implement solutions to problems. For Michigan, education is one of the state’s most glaring issues. In order to move forward, change must be activated.

“In our state, we’re going to need that educated populace in order to get things done the way we know our future needs.”

Key Takeaways

  • Michigan needs 175,000 new university graduates and 126,000 new certificate and associate graduates.
  • The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that, ranked with around 90 countries, math, reading, and science scores of U.S. students have fallen between 2000 to 2015.
  • A 2017 assessment by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the “nation’s report card,” showed little progress in Michigan’s state of education.

This session was sponsored by PNC Bank.