Transcripts reveal prof’s tough tenure fight with WSU

Richard Bruce Needleman was a pioneer in yeast genetics with a renowned reputation internationally while on the faculty of Wayne State University. But in recent years, Needleman changed his research focus and WSU officials alleged that he hadn’t published in a scholarly journal or landed a grant in more than a decade. They also charged that he hadn’t submitted many grant proposals, and wasn’t teaching much — charges that Needleman vehemently denied. But that’s why WSU tried to fire him and four other medical school professors, arguing they abused their tenure, an indefinite academic appointment that’s a hallmark in the life of a scholar. (Detroit News)


See earnings data for graduates of Michigan's colleges and universities

When it comes to higher education, much of the discussion centers on affordability and the rising price of tuition. Less discussed: how much graduates earn after graduation. But data from the U.S. Department of Education gives a look at the annual earnings of students who attended one of Michigan's colleges and universities. The figures are from the department's recently updated College Scorecard, and provide average annual earnings -- in 2016 dollars -- 10 years after enrolling at an institution. The data only includes former students who are currently in the workforce. It includes both graduates and students who dropped out. (MLive)


How Campus Racism Could Affect Black Students' College Enrollment

At American University, a private university in Washington, D.C., the commitment to cultural diversity is an integral part of its marketing and outreach to prospective students. And for Janelle Gray, a black freshman from Northern Virginia, such advertising worked. Information sessions and campus visits emphasized that AU valued racial and ethnic diversity, a feature that Gray said drew her to the school. In the spring of 2017, two days after accepting AU’s admission offer, Gray learned that bananas hung on rope fashioned into nooses—a symbol of racial terror and intimidation against black Americans—were found in several spots on AU’s campus. The incident coincided with the university’s first black woman student-government president taking office. (Atlantic)


A white nationalist is coming to campus. Florida prepares as though for a disaster.

White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak Thursday at the University of Florida. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

They asked the governor to declare a state of emergency, an action usually reserved for approaching hurricanes. They prepared to suspend bus routes and seal off roads and parking lots. They expanded mental health counseling on campus. And they offered to excuse students and employees who don’t want to go to class or work on Thursday. When the University of Florida, under the threat of a lawsuit, agreed to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus, school officials didn’t wait to see what would happen. (Washington Post)

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Wayne State unveils new logo, marketing slogan

There's a new look - and a new logo - hitting Wayne State University's campus - and its social media sites, advertisements and even on TV. The university has a new logo and a new slogan. The look was unveiled Monday. The new logo is a slight twist on the old, which featured a capital W, with a band reading Wayne State. The new logo has just the W. The new slogan is simple - Warrior Strong. It replaces Aim Higher, which the university has been using the past eight years. (Detroit Free Press)


Mich. universities push ahead on autonomous vehicles

Southfield — On the small campus of Lawrence Technological University, a few students are on the cusp of programming one of the nation’s first autonomous vehicles as a class project. Already, the two-seat electric vehicle — the size of a golf cart — won an international competition last spring for the software the students developed, taking first place in a new division of the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition at Oakland University. That honor attracted local investors to give the team of students funding to develop the semi-autonomous vehicle into a fully autonomous vehicle to use as a taxi next fall on the private university’s 107-acre campus. (Detroit News)

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> MLive: 15 Michigan colleges and universities join self-driving vehicle program


New grads tapped as college advisers in wake of Michigan guidance counselor shortage

Kasceen Anderson has a bunch of college options. Will it be the California performing arts college that requires an audition? The college that reached out to him unsolicited? Or will it be a couple of Michigan schools that have piqued his interest? It would be enough to leave any senior stressing about how to make the right choice. But Anderson, 17, of Oak Park has an edge at Ferndale High School: a college adviser whose sole purpose is to help him through this process. “I know it’s a lot,” Daniel Lewis, the college adviser at Ferndale High, told Anderson as they discussed his college options one day. “But try to take it one day at a time.” (Detroit Free Press)


Feds crack down on student loan forgiveness scams

Federal and state authorities are coordinating a crackdown on scammers who falsely offer people help with student-loan forgiveness. The Federal Trade Commission, 11 states and the District of Columbia said Friday that they had collectively taken 36 actions against scammers who allegedly racked up more than $95 million in illicit fees through student debt relief offers. Scammers targeting Americans with more than $1.4 trillion in student loan debt have tricked countless people into paying for bogus services, including loan forgiveness or payment reductions. (USA Today)

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> Washington Post: Federal Trade Commission teams with state AGs to combat student debt relief scams


LTU students to race cars they’ve designed in annual Grand Prix

Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. The competition started in 1978 and was originally called SAE Mini Indy. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Parking Lot D, along Northwestern Highway, on the Lawrence Tech campus in Southfield. For location and directions, see The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a time-trial competition between the student vehicles. (Oakland Press)


University of Michigan's need to grow political diversity faces challenges

When Charles Murray, the conservative-libertarian author, scholar and lecturer, takes the stage tonight at the University of Michigan, he'll be standing on a campus struggling to find its footing with issues of race and politics. There have been racially offensive flyers posted; protest marches that have shut down streets; a student kneeling for hours in protest in the Diag; a Twitter hashtag about Being Black at U-M flourished; and endless discussions about race and power — all in recent years. (Detroit Free Press)


'Something sacred:' solar panels blessed at Madonna University

Monday wasn't the first day the Rev. Charles Morris found himself blessing renewable energy cells. It was, however, the first time such a blessing had happened at Madonna University. Morris, a faculty member at the Livonia-based university, took the elevator up Monday to the roof of the Franciscan Center and prayed over the hundreds of solar panels adorning it. "It is something sacred," he said after the blessing. "This is God's creation and we honor that." (Observer & Eccentric)


WMU gets $12.5M to foster leaders at low-income schools

One of the largest grants ever given to Western Michigan University will be used to fund intense professional development for the principal and three teachers at each of 75 high-poverty elementary schools across west Michigan to improve leadership and student literacy. The High Impact Leadership for School Renewal Project will be headed by two longtime school leadership researchers at WMU, thanks to $12.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education. (Detroit News)


Why Colleges Are Borrowing Billions

When the number of students at Hawaii Pacific University started to fall at an alarming rate, the university embarked on an ambitious plan to get students back. Among other things, it spent $54 million to buy Honolulu’s iconic Aloha Tower and convert it into an anchor for its downtown campus by adding dorm rooms, community spaces, a fitness center, and venues for concerts and lectures. To pay for this and other projects, Hawaii Pacific borrowed. A lot. By 2015, the most recent year for which the figure is available, it owed $75.3 million in municipal bond liabilities, plus $10 million in mortgage and other debts, federal tax records show. (Atlantic)


Campus Hate Lives on the Internet. Administrators Need to Catch Up.

Is there a difference between “real life” and the digital realm? I’ve heard parents and professors talk about these worlds as distinct, but for young people who have grown up with the internet, they are one and the same. One thing that hasn’t been acknowledged enough is how the generation gap has been widened by rapid technological change, especially in regard to social media. The internet is integral to almost every aspect of the lives of young people. The social problems that unfold online are just as real to us as those that happen face to face. (New York Times)


Inside an ‘Unprecedented’ Increase in Campus White-Supremacist Recruiting

Hate fliers are appearing on more and more college campuses, largely through the efforts of white-supremacist groups looking to make inroads there. Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, discusses what’s behind the trend, and what college administrators need to understand to confront this tactic. (Chronicle of Higher Education)


Western Michigan University 'bursting with potential,' president says

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery gave his first State of the University address on Friday, telling the campus community that WMU is "bursting with potential." Montgomery, who started at WMU on Aug. 1 and was inaugurated Sept. 15, spoke to faculty and others gathered in the Bernhard Center about the progress, goals and future of WMU. "The state of Western Michigan University is strong, healthy, vibrant and bursting with potential," Montgomery said during the annual Fall Convocation. (MLive)


University of Wisconsin Passes Dangerous New Policy That Expels Students for Protest

It’s good to know that the First Amendment is protected on college campuses. Not. The University of Wisconsin recently approved a policy that will suspend or expel students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations—because they are infringing on others’ free speech—an ironic and dangerous threat to the right to protest everywhere.The Associated Press reports that the Board of Regents adopted the language in a vote on Friday. The policy states that students found to have twice engaged in “violence or other disorderly conduct” would be suspended. Three times and you’re out (expelled.) (The Root)


Racial tensions rising in Albion College

Trevaleyus Harris didn't laugh when he saw an email sent by an Albion College classmate advising conservatives on campus to "purchase Antifa and ISIS hunting permits and max out on tags," even though others called it a joke. The email, sent to students across the campus by a member of the Albion College Conservatives student group, contained a two-page document that railed against liberals, Affirmative Action employment practices, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and black people in general. (Battle Creek Enquirer)


To Lighten the Regulatory Load, Focus on For-Profits

Opinion: Dear Secretary DeVos: From the testimony and interviews you have given, I gather that you believe strongly in providing taxpayer funds to colleges owned by for-profit companies. You believe that, relieved of the requirements and restrictions involved with being nonprofit or public, they will yield better outcomes for students, directly and through competition. I assume your belief is genuine and not based on any past, present, or potential future financial motivation. I assume, further, that you believe that the legal differences in how for-profit vs. nonprofit entities are allowed to operate will yield significant differences in their behavior and decisions. (Chronicle of Higher Education)


Michigan's student loan default rate on the rise

The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student debt has climbed in Michigan, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education, reversing two straight years of declines. The new figures show 12.9 percent of borrowers in the state - nearly one out of eight - who entered repayment between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2016 are now in default. That's up from the prior year's figure of 11.8 percent, but remains below a high of 14.4 percent in 2011. (MLive)

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> Washington Post: The number of people defaulting on federal student loans is climbing


Faculty union contract approved by Western Michigan University

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract Wednesday with the faculty union. The contract calls for 2 percent pay increases in each of the first two years and a 2.25 percent raise in the final year of the contract. Cynthia Klekar-Cunningham, the chief negotiator for the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said she was grateful for everyone involved in the process. The eight-month negotiation was done in a "respectful" environment where both sides had a "mutual will to collaborate, work together and problem solve," she said. (MLive)


Western Michigan sees lower total enrollment, higher freshmen numbers

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Western Michigan University announced Wednesday that total enrollment numbers have decreased since last year, but the number of freshmen and new students has increased. WMU President Edward Montgomery told the Board of Trustees during its meeting that 2017 total enrollment stands at 22,893, which is a 359-student dropped from last school year. This marks the sixth straight year fall enrollment has dipped. Although total enrollment is lower, the number of freshmen or new students has increased by 5 percent. The majority of WMU students are Michigan residents, but the number of out-of-state students has also increased about 30 percent.


Medical researchers say UC Irvine is advancing junk science by taking funds from wealthy donors who favor nontraditional therapies.

A $200 million gift is turning into a $200 million headache for the University of California, Irvine, as critics argue it is indulging the wishes of wealthy donors who advocate for junk science. The university announced the gift last week, tagging it as the largest in its history and the seventh largest ever made to a single public university. Longtime UCI donors Susan and Henry Samueli are giving the money to name a “first of its kind” College of Health Sciences focusing on “interdisciplinary integrative health,” the announcement read. The renamed Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences will be the first “university-based health sciences enterprise to incorporate integrative health research, teaching and patient care” across schools and programs, it continued. (Inside Higher Ed)


Stephen Ross donates another $50 million to University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's biggest donor is pledging another $50 million to the business school that already bears his name, university officials announced this morning. Stephen Ross has pledged an additional $50 million to the school, bringing his total giving pledge to the university to $378 million. That's the highest amount of any donor to the university. The money will go to career development programs for students, innovative action-based learning experiences such as student-run investment funds and new business ventures, and resources for attracting and developing junior faculty, the school said. (Detroit Free Press)

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Average student loan debt for Michigan students still tops $30,000

Maria Williams is hoping a little selective reading will help her from keeling over in shock when she gets her first student loan bill in about a year. "I don't really want to know the total," the Eastern Michigan University senior said Tuesday. "If I just focus on the basic payment due each month, maybe it won't seem so bad. Probably not, but if I see that $25,000 number, that might be it for me." If Williams, 22, of Ypsilanti, does make it out of school at the end of this school year, she's guessing she'll owe around $25,000. And while that might be a lot of money, it's less than the average owed by the 2016 graduating class at her school and less than the average student loan debt owed by 2016 graduates in Michigan.


Students deserve higher ed options

Opinion: More Americans are obtaining college degrees than ever before — just over one-third of Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher. This increase in students parallels an increase in demand from employers and businesses for skilled workers. As more people graduate, more highly qualified, educated people are able to enter the workforce. This increased demand has created unique challenges for parents, students, and those of us in the higher education community. Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU) member institutions are tackling these challenges head on with programming, student supports, and financial resources that help Michigan students succeed and become part of Michigan’s highly educated workforce. (Detroit News)


Intolerance on display at MSU

Opinion: The bad behavior that’s become common on campuses isn’t just the fault of students. All too often members of the faculty are behind the intolerance, instigating movements to block speakers and events that counter their (usually liberal) point of view. Michigan’s public universities are no different. Case in point: A faculty member at Michigan State University tried to prevent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from speaking briefly at the grand opening today of the university’s Grand Rapids Research Center. Anyone who has spent time in Grand Rapids would catch the irony. (Detroit News)

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> MLive: MSU claims denial of white nationalist event not based on 'viewpoint discrimination'




Raise for University of Michigan's president puts pay over $800K

A pay raise for University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel is bumping his salary to more than $800,000 a year. The school's Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to approve a 3.5 percent raise for Schlissel. The pay hike will give him a base salary of nearly $824,000, up from about $795,000. Regents approved 3 percent raises for Schlissel each of the past two years. Schlissel became the school's 14th president in 2014 after three years as the provost of Brown University. (Detroit Free Press)


Yes, there are Michigan State students with video gaming scholarships

EAST LANSING - Scholarships to play video games. It's not as ridiculous as it sounds. Eight students on Michigan State University's League of Legends team had them last semester. Most got $5,000. Granted, the money wasn't from MSU. More than a dozen colleges, from Robert Morris University to the University of California-Irvine, offer scholarships to elite video gamers. MSU isn't among them. The League of Legends players on campus received their grants from the game's creator — Riot Games. (Lansing State Journal)


Student loan companies reach $21.6 million settlement over dubious debt collection lawsuits

Thousands of people who have been sued over past-due education debt are set to receive restitution from a $21.6 million government settlement with one of the largest owners of private student loans, National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts. On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said National Collegiate and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc. (TSI), filed lawsuits that relied on false or misleading legal documents. (Washington Post)


When Community College Is Free

Opinion: Does free community college work? An experiment in Chicago suggests that the answer is yes. Two years ago, under a program called the Star Scholarship, Chicago began to offer free community college to all public high school graduates who earned a B average or higher and demonstrated near college-level proficiency in their work. To keep costs for students low, they also get their textbooks free. Since the program was created by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, roughly 1,000 students a year — about 5 percent of each Chicago Public Schools graduating class — have claimed their reward. (New York Times)


Colleges need to do more to help students transfer credits, GAO says

Students lose nearly half of the college credits they earn transferring from one school to another, placing them at risk of exhausting federal grants and loans to repeat courses, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office Wednesday. To save money, some students start at low-cost community colleges before heading to a university to complete their bachelor’s degree. They are often frustrated to learn that the math or science courses they took do not meet the standards of their new school, where they must now enroll in classes they’ve already completed. That means more money and more time before they can graduate. (Washington Post)


Long Wait for Loan Forgiveness

Dawn Thompson got an email in January with welcome news from the Department of Education. The federal government would clear $70,000 in federal graduate student loans she took out to attend an Everest University online M.B.A. program -- just a chunk of her total student loan debt, but a relief nonetheless. Eight months later, however, Thompson’s still waiting. “They keep saying give it more time,” she said. “How much more time do you actually need?” (Inside Higher Ed)


College still the path to prosperity

Opinion: Perhaps the reason education attainment is falling behind in America is because those who would most benefit from a college degree don’t really believe it will help them. A distressing new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News finds that 47 percent of Americans don’t believe a college education is “worth it.” The faith in learning as a path to prosperity gets lower as incomes drop. Among the poor and working class, the survey finds 60 percent feel college is not worth the cost or effort, while just 35 percent see the benefits of a degree. (Detroit News)


Students plan protest for Betsy DeVos appearance at MSU research building

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has agreed to appear next week at the opening of Michigan State University's Grand Rapids Research Center, drawing opposition from some students and faculty. "We want her to know that she does not represent us and that she is not qualified to speak on behalf of us as public educators," said Sarah Kelly, a PhD candidate in cell and molecular biology who's set to work in the new building and is helping organize a protest for the Sept. 20 event. (MLive)


Grand Valley State hits enrollment goals, officials say

ALLENDALE, MI - More than 4,000 freshmen are enrolled at Grand Valley State University this fall for a total enrollment of 25,049. Officials say the university hit its enrollment goals with regard to total enrollment, first-year students, transfer students and minority students. However, this was not record-breaking year for total enrollment as in previous years. Enrollment is down 411 students from last year's 25,460. Still, this was the sixth consecutive year the university has enrolled more than 4,000 freshmen, touted as one of the highest first-year enrollments in the state. (MLive)


Michigan's university presidents urge lawmakers to protect 'Dreamers'

The presidents of Michigan's 15 public universities are urging members of the state's congressional delegation to find a solution enabling undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to legally remain in the country. Last week, the Trump administration announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was established in 2012 by President Barack Obama and granted temporary legal status to the group. (MLive)


What many older people don't realize about college costs today

Decades ago, many Michigan young adults financed a college education without loans or help from their parents.  It's something that Baby Boomers and senior citizens brag about now, as Millennials graduate college with an average of $30,000 in student debt. "While attending U of M I worked full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year. I didn't have a scholarship or receive any grants," one reader wrote on an MLive comment board.  "When I graduated I didn't owe any university debts nor did I cost Michigan taxpayers a dime for my education." So what changed? (MLive)


Ballot issue taxes ties between MSU, East Lansing

East Lansing – This college town and its university have forged a tight bond, working together on everything from the arts to public safety. East Lansing’s letterhead proudly proclaims the city “the Home of Michigan State University.” But lately the same letterhead has produced less-than-charitable comments about MSU. In a series of letters, the city and school have questioned each other’s motives, abilities and concerns for their constituents. “This (fighting) doesn’t look good. They should be working together,” said resident Cathy Kosinski. (Detroit News)


UMich DACA student: 'There is no way for me just to become legal'

ANN ARBOR, MI - Javier and Jose Contreras, two brothers from Mexico, were brought by their family to the United States illegally when they were 4 and 5, respectively. They've lived here ever since as undocumented immigrants, and they consider this their home. They don't remember much about the rural village where they were born or the dark night when they crossed the border in 2001. Four years ago as teenagers, they both graduated from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor and received two-year, full-ride scholarships to attend Washtenaw Community College. (MLive)


Betsy DeVos Says She Will Rewrite Rules on Campus Sex Assault

ARLINGTON, Va. — Saying that the Obama administration’s approach to policing campus sexual assault had “failed too many students,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that her administration would rewrite the rules in an effort to protect both the victims of sexual assault and the accused. Ms. DeVos did not say what changes she had in mind. But in a strongly worded speech, she made clear she believed that in an effort to protect victims, the previous administration had gone too far and forced colleges to adopt procedures that sometimes deprived accused students of their rights. (New York Times)

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> Inside Higher Ed: DeVos to Replace Obama-Era Sexual Assault Guidelines

> Chronicle of Higher Education: Citing Obama-Era Failures, DeVos Will Replace Landmark Directive on Sexual Assault


People Are Putting Less Faith in Four-Year College Degrees, Poll Finds

Americans are increasingly doubting the value of a four-year college degree, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday. The poll still tilts in favor of the bachelor's degree, but by the slimmest of margins: Only 49 percent of the 1,200 adults surveyed think that a four-year degree is worth the cost because it will lead to good jobs and higher lifetime earnings. Forty-seven percent doubt it will. (Education Week)


Why Colleges Will Likely Have Trouble Keeping Richard Spencer Off Campus

After the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia was wracked with violence during last month’s “Unite the Right” rally, private companies executed a sweeping purge of white nationalist and hate groups from their platforms. Taking action isn’t likely to be as simple for those colleges and universities where white nationalists are dead set on spreading their message, however. Richard Spencer’s allies have spent the past few weeks issuing veiled threats of legal action against the slew of schools that rejected the prominent white nationalist’s requests to speak out of concern that violence could break out on their campuses, too. (Talking Points Memo)


MSU sued for denying white national group's request to speak

GRAND RAPIDS - Michigan State University was sued Sunday in federal court over its decision last month to deny a white nationalist group's request to speak on campus. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Kyle Bristow on behalf of Cameron Padgett and says the university violated the First and Fourteenth amendments. In the lawsuit, Bristow says his client — a Georgia State University student — attempted to rent a conference room at MSU's Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center so Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist and president and director of the The National Policy Institute, could speak about his "Alt-Right philosophy." (Lansing State Journal)

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Michigan State students are drinking less. No, really.

EAST LANSING - Alexea Hankin gets mixed reactions to her decision not to drink alcohol. Sometimes, it's confusion: How could she not imbibe at Michigan State University, given its long-standing party school reputation? Sometimes, she's asked to play beer pong, her partner assuming she’ll be more able to sink cups thanks to her sobriety.  “I’m actually not very good,” Hankin admitted. Others are supportive. Because Hankin, 20, is far from the only MSU student who chooses not to drink. (Lansing State Journal)


Orientation to connect Grand Valley State students with the West Side

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Valley State University students who reside on Grand Rapids' West Side are invited to an orientation program Thursday, Sept. 7, to learn about the areas where they live, work and study. The Grand Neighbor Orientation (GNO), in its second year, is organized by Grand Valley's Community Service Learning Center in collaboration with multiple West Side neighborhood associations and organizations. The program is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen Grand Valley's connection to its West Side neighbors. (MLive)


The Real Campus Scourge

Across the country, college freshmen are settling into their new lives and grappling with something that doesn’t compete with protests and political correctness for the media’s attention, something that no one prepared them for, something that has nothing to do with being “snowflakes” and everything to do with being human. They’re lonely. In a sea of people, they find themselves adrift. The technology that keeps them connected to parents and high school friends only reminds them of their physical separation from just about everyone they know best. That estrangement can be a gateway to binge drinking and other self-destructive behavior. And it’s as likely to derail their ambitions as almost anything else. (New York Times)


Wayne State grapples with decline in black Detroiters

Detroit — When Robert Williams III graduated last spring from a Detroit public high school, sticking around town to go to college at Wayne State University was a no-brainer for him. He gets to be around his family, be a part of the community and participate in Detroit’s evolution. “It’s in the area, and I love my city,” said Williams, who graduated from the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine in Detroit. “I see no reason to leave.” But Williams, 18, is an anomaly: He is among a small number of African-American students from Detroit Public Schools Community District heading to Wayne State. And those numbers have plummeted over the past decade — from 168 men and 348 women newly enrolled in 2006 to 33 men and 54 women in 2016, the latest data available from WSU. (Detroit News)


Which Michigan colleges draw the most state grads?

Thousands of Michigan students who graduated from high school this spring will be arriving on college campuses this month, ready to begin their college careers. And if previous years are any indication, a good chunk of those college freshman will be following Kaylee McCarthy to the land of the Spartans. Michigan State University is the top destination for public high school graduates in the state. What's next? These are the top five, based on Class of 2016 data released earlier this year: (Detroit Free Press)


Grand Valley, other colleges welcome students moving onto campus

ALLENDALE, MI - Colleges and universities across Michigan are preparing for tens of thousands of students to begin moving into campus residence halls and apartments over the next week or so. More than 6,000 new and returning students were expected to move into Grand Valley State University residential centers this week. On Wednesday, Aug. 23, GVSU President Thomas J. Haas and hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff members volunteered to give some of them a hand. (MLive)


Student Loan Company Accused of Mismanaging Debt Forgiveness Program

One of the country’s largest servicers of federal student loans has badly mismanaged debt forgiveness programs for public service workers, significantly raising repayment costs for hundreds of thousands of borrowers, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the attorney general of Massachusetts. The loan servicer, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, which operates under the name FedLoan, has made copious errors, potentially miring many students in debt far longer than they expected, according to Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general. “(New York Times)


Madonna University to Marygrove College students: come to Livonia

It wasn't a complete surprise to Cam Cruickshank that Marygrove College planned on phasing out its undergraduate programs. Now, the executive vice president for enrollment management and university advancement at Madonna University hopes some of those affected decide to give Livonia a chance. The Catholic university at Levan and Schoolcraft is encouraging Marygrove College students looking to transfer to give Madonna a look, providing several benefits to those who do. (Observer & Eccentric)


A better vision for student loans

Opinion: After eight years of former President Barack Obama getting increasingly entrenched in the student loan business, the Trump administration is taking a different approach. It’s one that could have a beneficial impact on students and taxpayers. Students loans are staggering: The country faces $1.4 trillion in student loan debt affecting 44 million borrowers. While President Obama made college affordability a priority, in trying to ease the burden for some students he dumped the responsibility of federal aid and unpaid loans on everyone else. (Detroit News)


MSU says no space for Richard Spencer's white supremacist group to speak

Michigan State University has denied a request from a white supremacist group for space on its campus. MSU announced the decision Thursday afternoon. "After consultation with law enforcement officials, Michigan State University has decided to deny the National Policy Institute’s request to rent space on campus to accommodate a speaker," the university said in a statement. "This decision was made due to significant concerns about public safety in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville last weekend. (Detroit Free Press)

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> Lansing State Journal: MSU won't let white nationalist group speak on campus

> Detroit News: MSU denies request by white nationalist group

> MLive: Michigan State denies request by white nationalist group to host campus event

> Chronicle of Higher Education: How Universities Embolden White Nationalists


Aquinas College $58M campaign most ambitious in school history

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Aquinas College is engaged in the most ambitious fundraising effort in its history - the $58 million campaign goals include new science facilities, technology enhancements and adding scholarships. Aquinas is now entering the public phase of the "Contributing to More'' campaign, launched in 2014, having raised more than 60 percent of the funding through private donations. Strengthening the college's concentration on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a key component of the campaign. The centerpiece is a $32 million expansion and renovation of the Albertus Magnus Hall of Science. (MLive)


Michigan colleges, universities ranked by average student debt

With the price of tuition continuing to rise, student debt is a fact of life for many college goers. This story shows average student debt among 2016 graduates Michigan’s colleges and universities, ranked from lowest to highest. The data was released in a report by LendEDU, which bills itself as a “marketplace for private student loans, student loan refinancing, credit cards, and personal loans - among other financial products.” Not all of Michigan’s colleges and universities were included, because the data was self-reported. (MLive)


Getting into college was the easy part. Staying there is becoming harder than ever, experts say.

However difficult getting into college may have been, it turns out, that may have been the easiest part of the transition to college life, admissions officials say. Inadequate preparation, unrealistic expectations and other issues that college freshmen don’t anticipate can become important obstacles to happiness and success. With about one-third of undergraduates transferring at one point in their careers and an even bigger percentage dropping out for financial and other reasons, staying in college is becoming increasingly hard for many students. (Washington Post)


Marygrove College halting undergrad programs

Throughout the century that Marygrove College has operated in southeast Michigan, it has made many bold moves. From educating only women when few colleges did so in the early 1900s, to inviting 68 African-American women in the wake of Detroit’s 1967 civil disturbance, to creating one of the nation’s first master of arts in teaching degrees, the small Catholic institution has prided itself on its trailblazing history. On Wednesday, the private, liberal arts college in northwest Detroit announced another move to keep it viable in the face of a steep enrollment drop: It will drop 35 undergraduate programs in January and offer only seven graduate and professional development programs. (Detroit News)

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> Chronicle of Higher Education: Marygrove College to Eliminate All Undergraduate Programs


The Future of a Once-Doomed Law School

Earlier this year, it appeared as though the Charlotte School of Law would have to close its doors. The for-profit school, which had long suffered from poor bar-passage rates and long-term employment figures, was placed on probation last November by its accreditor. A month later, the U.S. Education Department announced that it would be refusing the school’s access to federal loan money, likely spelling the end for an institution heavily reliant on this source of revenue. Its dean quickly resigned, as did the interim dean who replaced him shortly after that. Enrollment dwindled to some 100 students. (Atlantic)


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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is backing away from comments she made earlier this year that historically black colleges and universities were pioneers of school choice. She tells the Associated Press that past "racism was rampant and there were no choices" for African-Americans in higher education. In February, DeVos met with presidents and chancellors of HBCU's, after which she released a statement praising the institutions as "real pioneers when it comes to school choice." (MLive)


Why Men Are the New College Minority

Jessica Smith raised an arm and pointed across the lobby of the university student center like an ornithologist who had just spied a rare breed in the underbrush. “There’s one,” she said. It was, in fact, an unusual bird that Smith had spotted, especially on this campus: masculum collegium discipulus. A male college student. Women outnumber men by more than six to one here at Carlow University, where Smith is a senior and an orientation leader who was preparing to welcome incoming freshmen. (Atlantic)


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By any measure, Isaac Frank is a very lucky young teacher. Just 25, he graduated from Michigan State University and landed his first job at Birmingham Seaholm High School, in an affluent district outside Detroit, with a starting salary of just over $40,000 to teach math and earth science. He has an official mentor for the first three years of his employment, and has found an unofficial one, too. He describes his colleagues as “awesome. I can’t think of anyone I don’t like.” His students, Frank says, are “very good people who are growing into respectable adults.” (Bridge)


Men Flock to Short-Term Career Ed

Since the presidential election, some have argued that colleges aren’t doing enough to help working-class people -- men in particular -- pursue the types of technical training that will get them good jobs. A community college in Arkansas, however, is among those that have found success with just that population, but it's with programs that are often short-term and difficult for students to pay for with federal financial aid. "We are focused on more career and technical education," said Jeremy Shirley, director of marketing and communications for Arkansas State University Newport. (Inside Higher Ed)



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