Cherry Commission

In March 2004, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm created a blue-ribbon commission on higher education and economic growth led by Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. Known as the Cherry Commission, the expert group was charged with identifying ways to double the number of college graduates in Michigan and ensure that all students have the skills to succeed in the 21st Century workplace.

In December 2004, the Cherry Commission issued a report setting out 19 recommendations for achieving their ambitious charge including a call for higher standards in Michigan’s high schools to prepare all students for post-secondary education, a new high school assessment, a focus on diversifying Michigan’s economy to create the jobs that new college graduates would need, and bringing larger numbers of adult workers back to campus to finish their degrees.  The Cherry Commission report formed the basis for Michigan’s education strategy over the following six years.