higher education

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 […]

New: Whitmer budget plan hikes higher ed by 5%, also boosts nursing home worker pay

BY: - February 8, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new budget plan will include a 5% funding hike for Michigan’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges — the highest increase in decades. Universities would have to cap tuition increases. She also will propose that all nursing home workers stretched thin during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a $2.35 per hour […]

State says there are 93 new pre-K-12 outbreaks, stops reporting them in colleges

BY: - November 30, 2021

As of Tuesday, 628 pre-kindergarten-12 schools are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan. Of those, 93 are new outbreaks reported Monday. The state reports school- and sports-related COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly basis, but was delayed this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Michigan is in the throes of a fourth surge of […]

State reports 101 new COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

BY: - November 1, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,137,748 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 22,247 have died from the virus — an additional 9,313 cases and 65 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

State reports 83 new school COVID outbreaks in last week

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,064,557 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,349 have died from the virus — an additional 9,137 cases and 36 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Whitmer signs remaining FY 2022 budget bills, vetoes ‘anti-choice’ line items

BY: - September 29, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Wednesday the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget, while axing Republicans’ cuts to abortion access and noting that budget language restricting COVID-19 mandates is unenforceable.  Whitmer vetoed what she termed seven “anti-choice” line items from the budget, totaling $16 million.  “These line items would create a gag rule […]

Last of FY ‘22 budget heads to Whitmer’s desk, vaccine, masks measures likely unenforceable

BY: and - September 22, 2021

With just over a week before the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, both chambers of the Legislature finished on Wednesday passing remaining spending plans worth about $53 billion. They now head to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has said she’ll sign them. The legislative Conference Committees laid out the details of […]

Will university vaccine mandates hold up part of Michigan’s state budget?

BY: - September 13, 2021

Updated, 9:45 a.m., 9/14/21, with new comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office With only 18 days left to finalize the rest of the state budget before the new Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 begins, leaders tell the Advance they’re confident there will be a negotiated budget in time to avoid a government shutdown — but there is […]