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Cherry report available online

Jan. 5, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The long-awaited report by a statewide commission charged with finding ways to double the number of college graduates in Michigan over the next 10 years was published Dec. 15 and is available on the Web.

The group, headed by Lt. Gov. John Cherry, began its work in March and was made up of 40 voting members, including college and university presidents, lawmakers, state officials and representatives of business, labor and 1-12 education. Western Michigan University Trustee Birgit Klohs served on one of the commission's working groups devoted to maximizing economic benefits.

The commission developed 19 recommendations that Gov. Jennifer Granholm calls "a road map" to a stronger economic future for Michigan. The governor's state of the state address this month is expected to focus heavily on those recommendations. To read the commission's complete report, go to <www.cherrycommission.org>.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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