Category Archives: Education

Two Flint colleges can boast the title of Best in the Midwest

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Kettering University and University of Michigan-Flint were two of 380 top colleges named by the Princeton Review.

The annual Best in Midwest list recognized 380 colleges in 12 states as top in the region.

Dr. James Zhang is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Kettering.

“This absolutely is a great honor for us, of course it is not a surprise to us either- because we really have the best here at Kettering, our students are the best, bright and hardworking and we have the best faculty members.”

Zhang said the community of Flint helps students and faculty work closely together at the STEM and business college.

Sue Borrego is the Chancellor of U of M Flint.

She said the university is also involved with the Flint community.

“About 60% of our students come from the greater Genesee area, so by being here as a strong institution, we’re really committed to that Genesee County student and providing them with an opportunity for an excellent degree.”

The Princeton Review takes student, staff and college counselors reviews into account when creating the list.

Both school officals said it was a great nod to the work the school and community has done for higher education.

Commerce Secretary meets with northern Michigan tribes

official_photo_secretary_penny_pritzkerUnited States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently came to Michigan to learn more about the unique economic opportunities and challenges facing Native American communities.

She was in Brimley at Bay Mills Community College when she called and spoke with CMU Public Radio’s David Nicholas.
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State announces grants to help prevent campus sexual assault

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The state is asking colleges and universities to submit proposals to help prevent campus sexual assaults. It will award $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that are approved.

First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the effort. She detailed the grant process during a press call on Wednesday. Continue reading

Summer camps encourage learning and fun


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Students have been out of school for a while now, so long that school supply displays are starting to pop up in store and parents may be counting the days until they go back.

But just because they’re not in school doesn’t mean kids aren’t learning, many Michigan students spent part of their summers at educational camps.
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Michigan schools continue to struggle under emergency management

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It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Michigan’s revamped emergency manager law took effect. Thirteen Michigan cities and five school districts are currently under some form of state oversight.

Regardless of your thoughts about the idea of the state appointing unelected officials to take control over cities and schools – it’s fair to say there have been some successes on the municipal front. Seven cities are now transitioning back to full local control. Only one municipal emergency manager remains on the job. Continue reading

Northwestern Michigan College joins international study abroad effort

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Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has joined an international effort to boost the number of students studying abroad.

NMC has partnered with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad program to help push students to study the world. Continue reading

SVSU updates their non-discriminatory policy to include protections for the transgender community

SVSUSaginaw Valley State University is adding gender identity and genetic information protections to its non-discrimination policy.
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‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading

Lake Superior State University has lowest net-tuition in Michigan

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A new study shows Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie has Michigan’s lowest net-tuition rate for public universities.

The recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education ranked LSSU first among the state’s 15 public universities for net-tuition costs. Continue reading

Davenport University announces restructuring of several mid-Michigan campuses

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davenportDavenport University announced on Thursday they’ll begin to restructure several of their mid-Michigan locations.

Some of those changes includes a merger of the Flint and Kalamazoo campus with local community colleges, such as Mott Community College in Flint.

That merger will take place this fall. Continue reading

Republican lawmakers blast OU, EMU tuition hikes, hint at added penalties in future

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State lawmakers could consider adding new penalties for universities that hike tuition above the state’s cap on tuition increases.

This year, lawmakers set that cap at 3.2 percent. Continue reading

Snyder signs law meant to prevent more cash-strapped schools from closing

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law meant to prevent financial emergencies in schools.

The state and intermediate schools districts now have more power to step in sooner when schools show signs of financial trouble. Continue reading

Photography class takes a snapshot of Beaver Island life

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.


In an interesting twist on a photography class, a CMU art professor left for Beaver Island with 15 honors students and a five day lesson plan.

The students were asked to explain the narrative of day-to-day life on Beaver Island, using nothing but pictures they took on their smartphones. Continue reading