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MSU President Simon on Michigan’s Amazon Bid, MSU Extension at 100, ROI of a College Degree

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Lou Anna K. Simon

Michigan State University is involved in Detroit and Michigan’s effort to land Amazon’s second headquarters. Whether we land the bid or not, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon likes how this effort “shows the state’s capacity to come together for big things and let’s us be a place that can compete with anyplace in the country.”

MSU Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary this fall. President Simon see that “as an opportunity to shed some light on things that people take for granted every day in their neighborhoods. We can be that place that doesn’t diminish its presence because it’s in more than one place; in fact, it’s a multiplier by being in more than one place.”

Some recent studies in the news have questioned the value of a 4-year college degree.

“Quality does matter in the ROI of education,” says Simon. “And I don’t know how you put a premium on the capacity to learn for the future. You need a college education for today’s knowledge and the capacity to grow for tomorrow. And that’s where the real ROI is.”

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