Economic outlook for state depends on where you are

By ASHLEY WEIGEL
Capital News Service
LANSING — Michigan’s economy is on the rise, according to a recent survey. In many areas of the state more people are reporting they are in excellent or good economic shape. The exceptions are the Upper Peninsula, rural areas and Detroit. The latest State of the State survey out of Michigan State University indicates that many Michigan residents are doing better financially than they were a year ago. And they expect to be doing better still this time next year.

Parks Department seeks community input

By Marina Csomor
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

INGHAM COUNTY — Karen Fraser wants Ingham County residents to help decide the future of the area’s parks. After all, it’s the public who owns them. “They’re not my Ingham County parks or not the Parks Department’s parks,” said Fraser, who is secretary and treasurer for Friends of Ingham County Parks, a nonprofit organization that works to improve local parks. “They’re something the community owns, so (citizens) really should have the opportunity to have a say.”

This opportunity came in January when Ingham County Parks allowed citizens to offer input on its 2012-2016 Master Plan — a plan which establishes a framework for coming decision-making within the department. More than 700 park users, including Fraser, completed a voluntary online survey on which they detailed what park officials should do not only to maintain the quality of the parks and to improve these sites.

Some colleges may admit students based on their tuition

By SAM INGLOT
Capital News Service
LANSING— Some Michigan higher education advocates disagree with a national survey that found most colleges and universities target higher-paying students during the admissions process. “I think to paint all universities with that survey is misleading,” said Michael Boulus, executive director for the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. The survey found that a top goal of admissions directors is to recruit students who will pay more for their tuition, including out-of-state students, international students and full-pay students—those who don’t need financial aid. The survey, published by Inside Higher Ed, a higher education news and resource webpage, polled 462 anonymous admissions officials from nonprofit colleges and universities,
Public universities are traditionally known for access to all students regardless of income. But the survey indicates that in-state and low-income students may not be as highly sought as other students who can pay higher tuition to financially strapped universities.