higher education

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Rick Haglund: What’s the best way to lower the cost of college in Michigan?

BY: - September 24, 2022

In my most recent column, I opined that President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt would do little to address the high cost of getting a four-year college degree or higher. I also outlined a variety of reasons why college has become out of reach for so many, including […]

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David Hecker: We can debate issues, but public education shouldn’t be a political war zone

BY: - September 19, 2022

As a union representing educators, we have a vested interest in public policy, and therefore politics. And as a union, AFT Michigan has received our fair share of criticism from people who believe politics do not belong in education.  At best, the claims that we should keep education and politics separate are somewhat misguided. At […]

Ratification vote set to begin Tuesday for EMU faculty on proposed contract

BY: - September 19, 2022

Increases in salary and retirement compensation are among the terms in a proposed new labor contract for tenured and tenure track faculty at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). The EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (EMU-AAUP) said Friday that the tentative deal also includes protection for health care coverage. A ratification meeting of […]

Criminalizing abortion would be a disaster for Michigan colleges and universities, presidents say

BY: - September 7, 2022

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, colleges and universities across Michigan are repeatedly fielding a question from prospective students and faculty: What is the status of abortion in Michigan?  So far, administrators are able to tell them that abortion is legal in Michigan amid court challenges. However, if the […]

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Rick Haglund: Student loan forgiveness will aid millions, but college affordability problems remain

BY: - September 7, 2022

President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel as much as $20,000 per borrower in college federal student loan debt will help millions burdened by skyrocketing costs of higher education over the past several decades. In Michigan, 1.4 million residents will benefit from the loan forgiveness program, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. As many as half could see […]

What the Biden student loan forgiveness plan means for Michiganders

BY: - September 1, 2022

President Joe Biden’s decision last week to provide student loan relief to up to 43 million people likely will have an impact on thousands of people in Michigan, where the average debt is around $30,000. The Democratic president announced a plan fulfilling a campaign promise to forgive some federal loans — up to $20,000 for […]

White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus

BY: - August 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House held a virtual meeting Thursday with more than 1,000 college and university officials to help them prepare for a school year when monkeypox cases are expected to crop up on campus. The Biden administration’s monkeypox and COVID-19 response teams as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

BY: - August 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — College students are heading back to campus following more than two years of a pandemic that led many schools to empty out for full semesters and later move to hybrid schedules in a struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19. But the attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal […]

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Rick Haglund: Changing parents’ attitudes about the value of college is key for the economy

BY: - April 1, 2022

Central Michigan University has long been known for giving low-income, middle-class and first-generation college students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree and lead a fruitful life. But the Mt. Pleasant university, like many other higher-education institutions across the country, is facing hard times. CMU’s enrollment has fallen a stunning 43% over the past decade, […]

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

BY: - April 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest private and […]

Calvin LGBTQ+ alumni advocate for a more welcoming college after gay staff is pushed out

BY: - March 30, 2022

When Calvin University, a Christian Reformed college in Grand Rapids, cut ties with the Center for Social Research (CSR) after 52 years, Nicole Sweda couldn’t help but feel she had a part in that.  In January, Sweda, 24, was working as a research associate for the CSR, which was created in 1970 to help assist […]

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Rick Haglund: Intel’s plans for the ‘Silicon Heartland’ in Ohio offer lessons for Michigan

BY: - February 13, 2022

It’s not often you see Michigan salute Ohio for a big win, but it happened recently in the competition for economic development. “Congratulations to our Midwest neighbor Ohio for landing an impressive $20 billion investment from Intel for leading-edge chip factories,” Business Leaders for Michigan, a group of CEOs from the state’s largest corporations, said […]