Just thought I'd throw this out for discussion as I avoid getting heat stroke in my apt...
With a massive brain drain in the state of Michigan, and the US population's gradual migration south and west, is Michigan in a good position to remain one of the top public universities in the country?
We have seen M slide a spot or so every year in US News rankings, and Mary Sue is admitting record freshman classes every year to offset the decrease in state funding. How can the university avoid sliding with the entire Midwest? Should we go private or find alternative tuition structures to attract the best out-of-state students?
In 50 years, I see Texas and Florida becoming the top public universities along with Berkeley and UCLA due to population shift and job opportunities, unless Michigan is able to invest in something besides autos.