MSU study: Michigan school funding lower now than 25 years ago

BY: - January 24, 2019

Some 25 years after Michigan dramatically changed how it funds its public schools, a new study suggests that financial investment has declined more sharply here than in any other state. A Michigan State University report found that after adjusting for inflation, Michigan’s education funding in 2015 was only “82 percent of what it was in […]

Photo gallery: MSU after John Engler

BY: - January 20, 2019

It was a snowy Thursday morning when the Michigan State University Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of interim President John Engler after a series of missteps in handling the Dr. Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The board also hired his replacement, MSU administer Satish Udpa. Reporter Michael Gerstein spent the day on MSU’s campus. […]

Democrats stand ready to grill DeVos

BY: - January 18, 2019

Betsy DeVos could have a tough year ahead. President Trump’s education secretary, who also is a Michigan billionaire, has been a prime target of Democrats and liberal groups since she was nominated for the post in late 2016. DeVos has been under fire for her high-profile policy moves on issues like campus sexual assault, civil […]

With Engler out and Nassar settlement over, MSU hunts for permanent leader

BY: - January 18, 2019

With former Gov. John Engler out as interim president at Michigan State University, trustees say the university can finally begin healing from the scandal and emotional trauma left by years of hidden sexual abuse from former MSU gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar. The board voted unanimously on Thursday morning to accept Engler’s resignation immediately and replace […]

Nessel, left, and Engler, right

AG to question Engler in Nassar investigation

BY: - January 18, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to question former Michigan State University interim President John Engler in its ongoing probe into decades of campus sexual abuse perpetrated by former gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar. Engler tendered his resignation on Wednesday and the MSU Board of Trustees accepted it immediately at its meeting Thursday morning. Attorney General spokeswoman […]

A statue on MSU's campus adorned with a teal ribbon

Whitmer: MSU has a ‘clean slate’ after Engler

BY: and - January 17, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Michigan State University alumna and a sexual assault survivor, said on Thursday that the university has a chance to move forward now that interim President John Engler has resigned.  Whitmer, a Democrat, did not mention the GOP former governor by name in a statement. She also didn’t mention the name of MSU […]

MSU trustee declares Engler ‘reign of terror’ over, board hires Udpa

BY: - January 17, 2019

After interim Michigan State University President John Engler said on Wednesday he would step down effective Jan. 23, the MSU Board of Trustees met on Thursday morning and accepted his resignation immediately. The board also had a replacement ready to go — high-level MSU administer Satish Udpa. Members named him acting president on the spot. […]

John Engler

Engler resigns from MSU, blames Democrats

BY: - January 17, 2019

In a defiant and verbose 11-page resignation letter, interim Michigan State University President John Engler appeared to blame a familiar target for his woes: Democrats. As the Advance reported earlier on Wednesday, the board issued a notice to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday and apparently had the votes to fire Engler. The GOP former governor […]

Engler may be out at MSU after Nassar comments

BY: and - January 16, 2019

Will interim Michigan State University President John Engler make it until a scheduled board meeting first thing Thursday morning? As board members suggest they have the votes to remove Engler, speculation is growing that the GOP former three-term Michigan governor could resign beforehand. Engler has repeatedly been criticized for his handling of the aftermath of […]

Barrier breaker: When Wharton was named MSU president

BY: - January 2, 2019

Clifford Wharton Jr. officially assumed the presidency of Michigan State University on this day in 1970. He was the first African-American to lead a major American university. The Boston, Mass., native, who entered Harvard University at age 16, also became the first Black man to earn a master’s degree in international affairs from the Paul […]


Susan J. Demas: Into the Snyder-verse: The guv’s Lame Duck act doesn’t save his legacy

BY: - January 1, 2019

What can you say about Michigan’s manic, marathon Lame Duck session except that it could have been worse? As Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to leave office after eight years, he desperately needed to restore some of his reputation after his inept and insensitive response to the Flint water crisis. He’ll probably avoid national media lumping […]

Gov. vetoes bill snatching Nessel’s power, signs ballot initiative limits

BY: - December 29, 2018

It was a humdinger of an evening for term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder, who vetoed perhaps the most-watched legislation on his plate. That was the bill that would have clamped down on the power of Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel, who will be the first Democrat to hold the office in 16 years. “We are grateful to […]