University of Detroit Jesuit, Detroit, Michigan
Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory, Orchard Lake, Michigan
Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Novi, Michigan
Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Birmingham Public Schools, Birmingham, Michigan
Westwood Community School District, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Inkster, Michigan
The Roeper School, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Notre Dame Preparatory, Pontiac, Michigan
Regina High School, Warren, Michigan
Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Grosse Pointe Public School System, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Oakland Accelerated College Experience, Oakland County, Michigan
Oakland Opportunity Academy, Oakland County, Michigan
Oakland Schools Technical Campuses, Oakland County, Michigan
Virtual Learning Academy Consortium, Michigan
Bloomfield Hills Schools, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Comprehensive education at its finest.
Everest Collegiate High School and Academy. Clarkston, Michigan. An Authentic Catholic School of Distinction.
Oakland Christian School, Auburn Hills, Michigan. Oakland Christian School engages students in a rigorous and relevant education
Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Academic foundation for success.
Utica Community Schools, Image the Potential.
Lake Orion Community Schools, Lake Orion, Michigan. Providing an exemplary education for all learners
Shrine Catholic Schools, Royal Oak, Michigan. Faith. Family. Future.
Berkley School District, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Michigan. Engage. Inspire. Achieve.
AIM High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Aim High is a 6th-12th grade, tuition-based private school that provides an educational alternative
Parkway Christian School, Sterling Heights, Michigan. Challenging Minds. Capturing Hearts. Cultivating Gifts.
Franklin Road Christian School, Novi, Michigan. a K-12, coeducational, college-preparatory school with a nondenominational Christian philosophy.
Southfield Christian, Southfield, Michigan. Pursuing Excellence for the Glory of God.
Plymouth Christian, Canton, Michigan. A non-denominational, college preparatory Christian school

Oxford Lifts the Veil on Race, Wealth and Privilege

LONDON — The 19th-century poet Matthew Arnold spoke of its “dreaming spires.” The honeyed stonework of its colleges has drawn the global elite of learning to its quadrangles and tranquillity, as have the Ivy Leagues. Yet the University of Oxford has long been roiled by questions of race, inequality and privilege swirling through British society, from the mean city streets and neglected social housing projects to the glittery, obsessively chronicled romances and rigmarole of the royal family. Some of the conundrums about who gets to be an Oxford undergraduate surfaced anew on Wednesday when, for the first time, the 850-year-old university published data intended to challenge assertions that it endured as a place of white, wealth-driven privilege. (New York Times)

 

For too many Michigan college students, a degree is elusive

Audreanna Shannon was only a few weeks into her freshman year at Wayne State University, and it wasn't going well. Especially in chemistry class. "I didn't know what they were talking about," recalled Shannon, a 2007 graduate of Detroit's Mackenzie High School. Wayne State was very different from high school, where Shannon spent more time socializing than studying. Classes at Mackenzie were easy. Although her longtime dream was to be a pediatrician, Shannon took only a year and a half of high school science. (MLive)

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'Debt-free' community college pushed for by House Democrats

Saying "skyrocketing" college costs have driven too many people into debt, a group of House Democrats are pushing for the state to pick up the tab for residents to earn a two-year degree or certificate at a community college. On Monday, they unveiled a proposal known as The HirED Opportunity Act, which would cover the cost of tuition after students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to receive any other financial aid they may qualify for. The goal is to have the system in place by the fall of 2019. (MLive)

 

Teaching Eval Shake-Up

Research is reviewed in a rigorous manner, by expert peers. Yet teaching is often reviewed only or mostly by pedagogical non-experts: students. There’s also mounting evidence of bias in student evaluations of teaching, or SETs -- against female and minority instructors in particular. And teacher ratings aren’t necessarily correlated with learning outcomes. All that was enough for the University of Southern California to do away with SETs in tenure and promotion decisions this spring. Students will still evaluate their professors, with some adjustments -- including a new focus on students’ own engagement in a course. But those ratings will not be used in high-stakes personnel decisions. (Inside Higher Ed)

 

Yes, College Is ‘Worth It,’ One Researcher Says. It’s Just Worth More if You’re Rich.

The question “Is college worth it?” is a favorite of op-ed writers. Its latest iteration, published in The New York Times this week, argues firmly that it’s not. In that op-ed, Ellen Ruppel Shell, a journalism professor at Boston University, contends that college is not as effective a catapult for social mobility as students, families, and policy makers think, especially where low-income students are concerned. “It’s a cruel irony that a college degree is worth less to people who most need a boost: those born poor,” she writes. But the researchers behind a paper cited by Shell, “Degrees of Poverty: The Relationship Between Family Income Background and the Returns to Education,” say the professor’s argument mischaracterized their findings. College still largely benefits low-income students, they say. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

 

Mick Mulvaney takes aim at consumer bureau’s student protection unit

The student arm of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is being folded into another office at the agency, a consolidation that some fear will limit its ability to stand up for student loan borrowers. In a memo obtained Wednesday by The Washington Post, Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the CFPB, informed staffers of a reorganization that will tuck the office for students and young consumers into the bureau’s office of financial education. The memo offers no explicit details on how the consolidation will affect employees or their duties, other than to say that the bureau will coordinate with the National Treasury Employees Union before implementation of changes. A CFPB spokesman said the bureau has no further information at this time. (Washington Post)

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How a Transformational President Set Michigan State on a Course to Disaster

These days, Michigan State University is caught in a cycle of perpetual damage control. The sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused young women for nearly two decades. More than a dozen people were aware. They didn’t stop it. Prosecutors say Nassar’s boss brushed off complaints. He faces sexual-misconduct allegations of his own. Several top administrators have resigned. The interim president has spent as much time on the attack as he has spent apologizing. The scope of the crisis grows with each passing week, as various outside investigations, including one by the state’s attorney general, delve into how Nassar’s serial abuse went so long unchecked. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

 

Suit alleges UM disciplinary code limits speech

A new conservative group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the University of Michigan, saying its disciplinary code is unconstitutional because it prohibits free speech. Speech First, based in Washington, said the disciplinary code is so vague that anyone could be accused of and punished for harassment and bias. The group, which said it’s suing on behalf of three unnamed students, also objects to the school’s use of a Bias Response Team, which, even if it doesn’t punish someone, has a chilling effect on the campus just by its existence, its suit claims. This is the first lawsuit filed by Speech First, which has similar criticisms of colleges across the nation. Filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, it names UM President Mark Schlissel, the school’s Board of Regents, and five other school administrators. (Detroit News)

 

American Politics Are a Nightmare for Catholic Universities

AVE MARIA, Florida—In this enclave in Southwest Florida, the lush, pruned golf course and ritzy subdivisions are eclipsed only by the magnificent church that marks the town’s distinctive Catholic character. The town is also home to the similarly named, religious institution, Ave Maria University, which was founded in 2003. The institution—and the master-planned community in which it is now located—is the brainchild of Tom Monaghan, the billionaire founder of Domino’s, who is originally from Michigan and known for his Catholic philanthropy. (Atlantic)

 

U. of Florida President Apologizes for ‘Inappropriately Aggressive’ Treatment of Graduating Students

What might’ve been a day for celebration turned into a spree of complaints of racism at the University of Florida over the weekend. As graduates walked across a commencement stage to receive their degrees, some were held and escorted away after posing for their parents and dancing. The university’s president, W. Kent Fuchs, issued an apology to those students in a statement that said an usher had been “inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across stage.” In his statement Fuchs also said that he’d called each of the students and that the practice of hurrying students across the stage would be dropped in future ceremonies. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

 

The Duty to Prevent Suicide

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on Monday found that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and some of its professors and officials, could not be sued for the suicide in 2009 of a graduate student who jumped off a building and killed himself. He did so shortly after being told by a faculty member that an email he had sent had been unprofessional and rude. (Inside Higher Ed)

 

Grand Valley State generates $849M for region, new study reveals

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Valley State University economic impact on the region has climbed to $849 million, according to the annual study from W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The Board of Trustees discussed Economic Impact Study Friday, April 27, during its board meeting at the L. William Seidman Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The economic impact report covers Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties and used 2016-2017 data for the analysis. The estimated impact is up $33 million from last year's reported $816 million. (MLive)

 

Is College President ‘the Toughest Job in the Nation’?

At a meeting of the University of Texas system’s board on Tuesday, the departing chancellor, William H. McRaven, made a striking comment about his latest gig. “The toughest job in the nation is the one of an academic- or health-institution president,” he said. McRaven, a former military commander who planned the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, announced in December that he would leave the chancellorship after only three years. He cited health issues in the decision, but he had previously signaled that he might stay longer if the system’s governing board wanted him to. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

 

A University in Texas Promised Full Scholarships to Dozens of Nepalese Students. Months Later, It Revoked the Offer.

At first, Roshan Poudel thought maybe a friend was pranking him. The email he received in mid-April seemed too awful to be true. But, no, it was real: The University of Texas at Tyler had revoked the full scholarship it promised him in January. The message, sent from the other side of the world, left Poudel confused — and furious. “Due to extraordinary demand,” the email said, “our scholarship requests exceeded the amount budgeted for this year. … We will not be able to offer you the Presidential Fellows scholarship.” Just like that, his ticket to college was gone. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Court fight looms over debts of former Corinthian Colleges students

Thousands of former Corinthian Colleges students face a potentially pivotal court hearing Monday in a battle to erase millions of dollars in loan debt for their studies at the scandal-scarred, for-profit schools. Attorneys for the students are trying to force the U.S. Department of Education to restore a program that would forgive the student loans. Their argument is that Corinthian defrauded the borrowers with misleading data about career opportunities and post-graduation job placement. Government lawyers oppose the motion, arguing that a recently revised Department of Education program provides a fair and equitable evaluation of each student loan borrower's claim for debt relief. (USA Today)

 

Senate Democrats question the role of a former for-profit college lobbyist at the Education Department

Ten Senate Democrats are questioning the role and potential conflict of interest of a recently hired official at the U.S. Department of Education who has ties to the for-profit college industry. Lawmakers sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter this week raising concerns about Diane Auer Jones. She is a former education official under George W. Bush and a former senior vice president at Career Education, a for-profit college operator. Jones, who was appointed senior policy adviser to the assistant secretary for postsecondary education in February, has also worked with for-profit colleges as a lobbyist and consultant. (Washington Post)

 

Did I Choose the Wrong College?

Opinion: I sometimes think I went to the wrong college. By many measures — most of them financial — my choice to attend Cornell was not the smartest one. I applied to only two colleges, the University of Florida and Cornell, because applying to college is an expensive process, and I didn’t know about fee waivers. What I did know was that thanks to my good grades and various state initiatives meant to entice students to stay in the state for college, I had an excellent financial aid package from the University of Florida: full tuition, room and board covered, the additional outside scholarships I’d earned going toward books and other expenses. I was about to be the first in my family to go to college, and it wouldn’t cost us a cent. (New York Times)