higher education

25 public schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - October 19, 2020

At least 84 public schools and 30 colleges and universities are reporting Monday new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data. The K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include: Diek Elementary School in Swartz Creek (three cases) Kenowa Hills Central Elementary in Grand Rapids (four cases) Pinewood Elementary […]


Column: Revenue goals lurk behind decision to hold Big Ten college football games amid pandemic

BY: - October 19, 2020

Editor’s note: Despite concerns about COVID-19, Big Ten college football is set to begin Oct. 24. Here, Mark Rosentraub, a University of Michigan professor of sport management, addresses some of benefits and potential drawbacks of playing football too soon. How much of this decision is related to revenue? From my perspective, it is largely driven […]

More than 5K total coronavirus cases found in Michigan schools

BY: - October 12, 2020

Each Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports COVID-19 related numbers at K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities. There are 81 ongoing outbreaks, totaling 5,151 cases.  Most are connected to colleges. Michigan State University reports 1,531 ongoing cases. Grand Valley State has 903 cases. Western Michigan University has 655 […]

60K enroll in state’s free tuition program for frontline workers

BY: - September 29, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Sept. 10 a state program offering free college tuition for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The state says that more than 60,000 Michiganders have submitted applications for the Futures for Frontliners program. The program is funded from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. To be eligible, […]

Almost 70 schools, colleges have coronavirus cases

BY: - September 28, 2020

Michigan Technological University has canceled all in-person classes for two weeks to help mitigate the rising number of COVID-19 cases on campus and across Houghton County in the Upper Peninsula.  The university reports that in the last two weeks, 56 students and university employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The Michigan Department of Health and […]

From health risks to racism, some international students decide studying in the U.S. isn’t worth it

BY: - September 24, 2020

Wilson Chan, an international student from Hong Kong, expected to be back in Ann Arbor this fall, starting his senior year at the University of Michigan and getting ready to graduate with all of his friends.  But once his mom saw how the United States was handling the COVID-19 pandemic, she told him she didn’t […]

COVID-19 outbreaks hit almost 50 Michigan schools, colleges

BY: - September 21, 2020

At least 28 K-12 public schools and 19 colleges and universities in Michigan have reported having new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to an update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Last week, there were 11 K-12 schools and 16 colleges reporting new or ongoing outbreaks. Some of the K-12 schools […]

U of M grad student union ends strike, but safety concerns still loom

BY: - September 17, 2020

After nine days of striking, University of Michigan’s Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) voted Wednesday to end the strike and accept the university’s offer. The strike began after the university denied their request for transparent and robust testing, contact tracing, and safety plans for campus, support for graduate student instructors (GSIs) working remotely and an option […]

‘No confidence’ vote on U of M president fails

BY: - September 16, 2020

A vote for “no confidence” in University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel and his administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on campus failed during a Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday. “I really feel stronger and stronger [that there’s] an erosion of trust across the campus and I’m looking for ways to rebuild the trust so that […]

Big 10 football, pandemic and politics collide in congressional hearing

BY: - September 15, 2020

The Big Ten athletic conference will “keep its season postponed” for fall sports until it can guarantee more rigorous COVID-19 testing and address potential long-term health complications for student athletes, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin’s flagship university told U.S. senators Tuesday. The comments from Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, came […]

DHHS: 11 K-12 schools, 16 colleges have coronavirus outbreaks

BY: - September 14, 2020

At least 11 public schools and 16 colleges and universities are reporting new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to new data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The K-12 schools that have new outbreaks include Luce Road Elementary in Alma (six cases), Keicher Elementary in Michigan Center (two cases), Arrowwood […]

MSU removes name of former KKK member from building

BY: - September 14, 2020

The Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously approved the removal of Stephen Nisbet’s name from a university building. It followed the revelation of his ties to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the 1920s.  “As leaders of this university, we must build a campus community we are all proud of — […]