higher education

Here’s what’s in the Whitmer budget for schools after being rocked by COVID

BY: - February 12, 2021

After a tough year for students during the pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced a budget proposal that includes what she says is the largest investment in K-12 schools in Michigan history, as well as funds to expand post-secondary programs and childcare. Whitmer’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 plan released Thursday offers $14.7 billion investment […]

How a bounty of vaccines flooded a small hospital and its nearby college

BY: - February 2, 2021

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. When administrators at Hillsdale College, a conservative liberal-arts school in Michigan, heard its local hospital didn’t have a way to store the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, they offered the use of its science department’s ultra-low temperature freezer. The vaccine must be stored at […]

State allows high schools, colleges, entertainment venues to reopen

BY: - December 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced that the state is revising its COVID-19 pandemic order to allow for in-person high school and college and university classes, a reopen of certain indoor entertainment venues and non-contact outdoor sports and fitness classes. But bars and restaurants remain closed for dine-in service.  The gradual reopening comes after Michigan’s […]

State reports 7,200 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, school outbreaks continue to drop

BY: - December 14, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 437,985 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 10,752 have died from the virus, which is an additional 7,205 cases and 90 deaths since Saturday. In September, the state stopped releasing case, death and testing numbers on Sundays, citing staff shortages and variance […]

State reports more than 400K total COVID-19 cases, closures cause drop in new school outbreaks

BY: - December 7, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 404,386 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 9,947 have died from the virus, which is an additional 9,350 cases and 93 deaths since Saturday. In September, the state stopped releasing case, death and testing numbers on Sundays, citing staff shortages and variance […]

225 K-12 schools, colleges face ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - November 30, 2020

At least 218 public schools and 42 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data. At least 185 public schools and 40 colleges and universities, 225 total, are facing ongoing outbreaks, which are outbreaks that have already been identified previously but […]

56 K-12 schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks, state tops 8K total deaths 

BY: - November 16, 2020

At least 208 public schools and 41 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data. More than 150 public schools and 34 colleges and universities, 186 total, are facing ongoing outbreaks, which are outbreaks that have already been identified previously but […]

143 ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks in K-12 schools, colleges

BY: - November 9, 2020

At least 160 public schools and 32 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data. More than 115 public schools and 27 colleges and universities, 143 total, are facing ongoing outbreaks, which are outbreaks that have already been identified previously but […]

80k apply for free college tuition program during pandemic

BY: - November 9, 2020

In just under two months after the state announced its Future for Frontliners scholarship program, more than 80,000 essential workers in Michigan have applied for free community college tuition during the COVID-19 crisis.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rolled out the program on Sept. 10 as part of her goal to help 60% of the state’s residents […]

More than 80 ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks reported in K-12 schools

BY: - November 2, 2020

At least 126 public schools and 29 colleges and universities are reporting on Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data. The 44 K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include: Schoolcraft College in Livonia has three cases and is the only college or university to report […]

State reports nearly 3,900 COVID-19 cases in 2 days, 29 K-12 schools have new outbreaks

BY: - October 26, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that 161,907 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 7,211 have died from the virus, which is an additional 3,881 cases and 29 deaths since Saturday. In September, the state stopped releasing case, death and testing numbers on Sundays, citing staff shortages and […]

U of M undergrads under stay-home order, voting exempted

BY: - October 20, 2020

Updated, 3:32 p.m. 10/2/20 University of Michigan undergraduate students are now under a stay-home order from the Washtenaw County Health Department for the next two weeks as county officials try to get a handle on rising COVID-19 cases. “The situation locally has become critical, and this order is necessary to reverse the current increase in […]