Schools' goal: Work together
Michigan's 15 public universities, for the most part, share the same issues.
State aid took a big hit in 2011 and is slowly recovering, but public pressure is on to keep tuition low while costs are going up. The number of high school graduates is going down, so most schools compete for the same "customers."
And online-degree competition - whether it's for-profit schools or a recognized brand such as Arizona State University - is fierce.
So last week's gathering of university pr...