Big Mich. Schools Lead in Degrees, Lag in Startups

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DETROIT (AP) -- An alliance of Michigan's three largest universities leads others in the number of degrees it awards but lags in transferring technology out of the classroom and into commercial ventures.

A report released Tuesday finds the University Research Corridor tops the list of seven other major university networks nationwide for the number of degrees, particularly in high technology. But the alliance consisting of University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University places next to last in technology transfer.

The report ranks Michigan's alliance second among university groups in an overall Innovation Power Ranking that includes technology transfer, talent and research. The report says the last two more closely align with universities' core mission, though commercialization is increasingly important.

The URC commissioned the report by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.

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