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This site is designed to be simple and fast. We avoid the "Hollywood" that is possible with web site content management systems. Cultural and business context -- and two-click access to public commenting opportunities without pop-up advertisement -- is our primary goal. The global standards landscape is rugged terrain with frequent avalanches. Keeping things simple and clean for the user-interest is not easy. Standards Michigan is coded to change materially every two hours.


“The Country School” | Winslow Homer


Can you imagine a more dreary subject than

regulatory risk leadership and management? 


Enterprises in the business of reducing the cost of the secondary purpose of the academy need to brighten things up a bit.  Reducing cost to build and operate public assets is never as glamorous as making money; a feature of the consumer finance sector that insurance companies have managed with lighthearted campaigns.  AFLAC uses a duck.   GEICO uses a caveman and a lizard.  Progressive Insurance uses a lady in white.

With publicly  owned assets, however, the price signaling is largely hidden–except in cases of catastrophic cost overrun stories that make their way to headlines.   It is more often the case that price signals are conveyed into material and labor costs of construction project bid tabs or facility O&M recharge rates back to academic units which then find their way into the cost sheets of federally-sponsored research.  Pretty dreary stuff for most people.

Standards Michigan tries to leaven understanding of the financial underpinnings of a large public sector with royalty-free images that enlighten understanding of the character of these “cities-within-cities” near the center of cultural and commercial life in every nation.

With our selection of images, we honor the settings and accomplishments of our colleagues in all colleges, universities and school districts.   Of the five images we select every week one image features a college, university or school district K-12 facility, one image from an international institution, one from the State of Michigan and the remaining two from institutions of all sizes and affiliations within the United States.   Sometimes we make exceptions to the general rule based upon which institution may be in the news.

We do our best to be respectful of intellectual property rights.  If we fall short in this goal let us know immediately.  Consensus standards are, after all, intellectual property.   To the furthest extend possible we provide direct links to images that reside on organizational servers.  We have plenty of content on our own servers and do whatever is possible to limit local storage.  Simply clicking on the image should redirect you to its source.  The same applies to logo policies.

Many images are also intellectual property.  All images are obtained either from Wikimedia Commons or social media postings that are available royalty-free to the public at the time they were available.   We have technical constraints — such as a 1920 x 720 pixels and resolution — that dominate image selection consideration.  The vertical constraint of 720 pixels is a particular challenge.

We hope our colleagues and visitors will not be shy about sending us their high resolution photos (1920 x 720 pixels) to showcase their accomplishments.


Cornell University | September 8, 2019 | Cornell Marketing

Virginia Wesleyan University | September 5, 2019 | Photo by Stayse

University of California San Diego | August 27, 2019 | Photo by student Eric Jepsen

University of Bristol | August 24, 2019 | Photo by student Stefan Line

National Research Tomsk State University | August 17, 2019 | Legion Media

University of Queensland | August 1, 2019 | Photo by alvinyjh

Utah State University | July 1, 2019 | The Danville 2nd Ward Young Men Wikia

Union City New Jersey High School | June 30, 2019 | Photo by Borst Landscape & Design

The Regent University | June 18, 2019 | Photo by Julia Denton

Michigan State University Solar Parking Lot | June 12, 2019 | Photo by Innovateus

Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotopes Beams | May 30, 2019 | Photo by MSU Today

Cambridge American Cemetary | May 27, 2019 | American Battle Monuments Commission 

University of the Virgin Islands | May 17, 2019 | Photo by Sphilbrick

University of British Columbia | May 15, 2019 | Photo by JoJo Das

Image selection is based solely upon the art and quality of the image.  Image selection does not either imply an endorsement or intended to suggest a shortcoming in safety or sustainability.  We maintain an accessible log of image use every 30 days.

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