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MSU, UM Tops at Drawing International Students
Thursday, November 19, 2015 (48 reads)

November 16, 2015/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski

Michigan State University and University of Michigan continue to be global communities, ranking top in the nation for attracting the most international students to their campuses, and sending the most students to study abroad, according to a report to be released Monday.

The two universities helped to make Michigan ninth in the United States for hosting international college students in 2014-15, with 32,015 international students in the state — an increase of 8 percent from the year before, according to Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

Of the total number of students, MSU and UM attracted nearly half of the state’s international students, with 8,146 students attending MSU and 7,423 enrolled at UM — ranking MSU at No. 9 nationally, and UM at No. 13.

Meanwhile, UM ranked No. 5 among the nation’s top schools for sending 2,719 students to study abroad while MSU ranked No. 8 with 2,478 students studying overseas.

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NMU Named Military-Friendly School for Seventh Year in a Row
Thursday, November 19, 2015 (46 reads)

November 18, 2015/Upper Michigan's Source

By Rebecca Himmelstein

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has just been named a 2016 Military-Friendly School by a national magazine.

Victory Media has awarded NMU with the title for seven years in a row, which honors the top 15 percent of schools nationwide. The award is given to programs meeting a list of criteria like support for student veterans on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouses.

NMU was the only school in the Upper Peninsula to achieve gold-level status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Right now there's 300 veterans, including students using a parent or spouse's GI bill or dependents of disabled veterans.

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Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Michigan Association of State Universities Announce Michigan As 12th Partner State in AAC&U's LEAP States Initiative
Thursday, November 12, 2015 (85 reads)

November 12, 2015—Washington, D.C.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Michigan Association of State Universities announced today that Michigan is now a state partner in AAC&U's national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP).

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Keep Guns Out of Michigan Schools, Poll Respondents Say
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (75 reads)

November 9, 2015/Detroit Free Press

Nearly 70% of Michigan residents who participated in a statewide poll oppose allowing people with concealed pistol licenses to openly carry guns in schools, colleges, universities, day care centers and early-childhood facilities.

Opposition was strong, no matter the background: 86% of Democrats were opposed to open carry in those places, compared with 55% of Republicans. Meanwhile, 52% of National Rifle Association members and 58% of handgun owners also were opposed.

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Grand Rapids Community College and CMU to Create Smoother Transfer Process
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 (55 reads)

November 4, 2015/Michigan Radio

By Virginia Gordon

Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan University have agreed to create transparent curricular paths to help GRCC students transfer to CMU.

The institutional agreement is a first step toward program-specific agreements, which will map out what classes the community college students need to take to transfer to CMU programs.

The program agreements will appear as academic programs in the GRCC catalog and will be eligible for financial aid, according to GRCC.

"It saves students time and money because they only take the classes here that will apply to that bachelor's degree," said Patti Trepkowski, Associate Provost of GRCC.

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Michigan Association of State Universities Urges Legislature to Remember Past Budget Cuts as it Works on Transportation Fix
Thursday, October 29, 2015 (99 reads)

October 28, 2015

Michigan Association of State Universities Urges Legislature to Remember Past Budget Cuts as it Works on Transportation Fix

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Michigan Universities Defend Bans on Concealed Guns
Monday, October 26, 2015 (94 reads)

October 26, 2015/The Detroit News

By Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News 12:04 a.m. EDT October 26, 2015

Inside the administration building on Lake Superior State University’s campus is a room with more than 100 student-owned guns.

There are 83 shotguns, 41 rifles and eight pistols. There are also 49 bows and one crossbow.

Among the owners is Flushing junior Garth Magiera, who keeps three rifles and a bow on campus for when he wants to go hunting in the area around Sault Ste. Marie. Magiera does not have a license to carry a concealed weapon, and couldn’t carry one on campus even if he did because LSSU policy forbids it.

The president of the Lake State chapter of Students for Concealed Carry hopes one day that students will be able to have guns on campus for whatever reason they choose.

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CMU Students Making Christmas Brighter for Vets
Sunday, October 25, 2015 (68 reads)

October 25, 2015/Midland Daily News

By John kennett

American Legion Berryhill Post 165 and Midland County Veterans Services will be teaming up with Central Michigan University communications students in an effort to bring Christmas joy to Midland area veterans.

On Nov. 6, the three groups will sponsor a fundraiser at Post 165, 5111 Hedgewood Dr., from 5 to 9 p.m., to supply gift baskets to area veterans and dependents of veterans.

“These baskets serve to aid veteran families and create a culture of caring during the holiday months,” said CMU student Courtney Wertman, an auxiliary member of the American Legion whose father served in the Vietnam War.

The evening will include a spaghetti dinner for $7 along with live music, door prizes and a silent auction. The CMU ROTC Color Guard will be on hand to perform a ceremonial display.

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Schools' Goal: Work Together
Thursday, October 15, 2015 (93 reads)

October 15, 2015/Crain's Detroit Business

By Mary Kramer

Michigan's 15 public universities, for the most part, share the same issues.

State aid took a big hit in 2011 and is slowly recovering, but public pressure is on to keep tuition low while costs are going up. The number of high school graduates is going down, so most schools compete for the same "customers."

And online-degree competition — whether it's for-profit schools or a recognized brand such as Arizona State University — is fierce.

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Grand Valley State University Seidman College Named a Best Business School
Thursday, October 08, 2015 (88 reads)

Oct. 8, 2015/Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich.

The Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University recently was named one of the Best 295 Business Schools in the nation by the Princeton Review.

The rankings are based on a survey of business school students who are asked about academics, student body and campus life. The Princeton Review collected data in five categories: academic experience, admissions selectivity, careers, interesting professors and accessible professors.

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Michigan Association of State Universities is the New Name for the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan
Thursday, October 01, 2015 (169 reads)

October 1, 2015

The association of state public universities has a new name and logo, reflecting its mission as a center point for public university collaboration on a variety of matters. The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan is now known as the Michigan Association of State Universities.

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Northern Michigan University Seeks a Cross-U.P. Network
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (118 reads)

The Detroit News/September 15, 2015

By Kim Kozlowski

Marquette — Northern Michigan University, a pioneer in connecting all of its students to technology, is working to expand its private educational network across the Upper Peninsula.

Northern is seeking permission from the Federal Communications Commission to expand its service area so it can provide Internet access for educational purposes to community colleges, Indian reservations and schools in rural communities throughout the sparsely populated U.P. The 8,600-student university already provides Internet access on campus and up to 30 miles away.

If approved, NMU’s ambitious effort would make it the largest independently built-out network in the United States, according to the National Educational Broadband Service Association. The school plans to do it alone, without corporate support. It is not intended for the general public.

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Marquette, Houghton Listed Among Safest College Towns
Friday, September 18, 2015 (192 reads)

By Aaron Boehm

September 11, 2015/Upper Michigan's Source

MARQUETTE — Houghton and Marquette were listed as the 20th and 21st safest college towns in America, according to a ranking released by The SafeWise Report.

According to a press release from Northern Michigan University officials, security experts from SafeWise evaluated the most recent FBI crime statistics available. They coupled that data with their own research on safety-related programs and initiatives, culminating in 2015's "50 Safest College Towns in America."

The Marquette description on the SafeWise website reads: "Crime prevention is big in the community. The town police, for example, have created the Youth Services Bureau, which organizes preventative and education programs. Likewise, NMU Public Safety features the Crime Prevention Unit, which administers 'Rape Aggression Defense' courses and reaches out to community organizations in Marquette and the greater Upper Peninsula."

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GVSU Named Among Top Universities in the Midwest
Friday, September 11, 2015 (194 reads)

September 9, 2015/WZZ

By Kayla R Fortney

(WZZM) -- Grand Valley State University tops a list of four universities in the area being honored as some of the best in the Midwest.

U.S. News and World Report named GVSU number 26 in the region. The report mentioned the more than 300 student organizations freshmen are exposed to on Campus Life Night. They also noted the school has made it a priority to be more environmentally friendly.

GVSU was also mentioned as one of the best value universities in the Midwest, based on the school's academic quality compared to the average cost for students to attend.

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NMU Alumnus, Grad Student Earns Obama Appointment
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 (220 reads)

August 28, 2015/


Northern Michigan University alumnus and current graduate student Aaron Payment has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. He also serves as tribal chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

“This appointment will provide me a forum to advocate for all of Indian education,” Payment said. “In my role, I will advise the Secretary of Education on Title VII Indian Education funding in the public schools, Johnson O'Malley funding at the tribal level, Impact Aid funding and other Indian educational issues.”

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Impressive Arrival at a Presidential Investiture
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (955 reads)

February 12, 2015/Inside Higher Ed

Fritz Erickson's investiture as president of Northern Michigan University featured such traditional moments as an inaugural speech and the board chair presenting the chain of the office. But the ceremony started with a video showing a more innovative way to arrive on the scene.

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Gov. Snyder to Propose Increases to Higher Education and Community College Budgets
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (1142 reads)

February 09, 2015/MLive

By Kyle Feldscher 

LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder plans to ask the Michigan Legislature to approve a $28 million increase in state spending for university operations when he unveils his 2016 executive budget on Wednesday.

That two percent bump is the largest ongoing funding increase the governor will propose, according to his office. If approved by lawmakers, the higher education budget would reach $1.544 billion next year, with $1.4 billion coming from the state's general fund.

"It's one of the keys to the future," said Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel. "So, the governor has made investing in this area a strong priority again."

While an increase, the higher education budget still won't reach funding levels last seen under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

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SVSU Named a Community-Engaged University
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (613 reads)

January 7, 2015/SVSU News

Saginaw Valley State University announced Wednesday, Jan. 7 that it has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, marking SVSU as a university that is exceptionally engaged with the community it serves.

“Throughout my nearly 37 years here and during my first year as president, we have sought to instill in our students a deep sense of responsibility to the communities where they live and learn, and as an institution, we strive every day to advance the region we call home,” said SVSU President Donald Bachand. “This is the ultimate affirmation of meeting those goals at the highest national standard.”

Among 241 first-time applicants who requested applications from the Carnegie Foundation for 2015, SVSU was one of 83 who were successfully classified as community engaged institutions during this application cycle. To be selected, institutions provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. SVSU’s status will remain in effect for 10 years.

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A Degree of Debt: Five Things to Know About Financial Aid as Your Kid Bolts for College
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (798 reads)

January 6, 2015/Bridge Magazine

This is the time of year when parents who have high school seniors begin to think seriously about paying for college. Some of them started planning for this expense about 18 years ago when they brought the baby home from the hospital and figured they needed to start a nest egg for college. Most did not start the nest egg, however, because they just didn’t have enough money to do so, or figured they had a long time to take care of it.

But now the time for good planning has passed! How does a regular family with modest to moderate income pay a bill that represents about half of that income for four years in a row? And, of course, how do they do it while actually paying all of their regular bills over those four years? Whether you are the parent who does everything for your student or one who prefers to be a little less involved, you need to make sure you both understand your plan for paying for college. You will be a trusted resource who will be available all hours of the day and night year-round. You should be able to get them on the right path and keep them there, without becoming a full-blown expert.

There are some pretty straightforward pieces of information about student financial aid that can ease family fears and make the important and sizeable expenses of college a little less daunting:

1. Know The Cost – Make sure you and your student know how much it’s going to cost to get their desired degree at whatever colleges are at the top of their list. The basic costs will include tuition, fees, room, board, books and spending money. This information is readily available at the school’s website or by talking with staff in financial aid or admissions. Also, make sure to find out what is and is not included in the spending money category. For instance, if you are planning on a car, a bus pass, or tickets to sporting events, know whether or not they are included in the price tag. And remember that most schools provide cost figures for one year only. If the desired degree requires more than 1 year of study, multiply the first year’s costs by the number of years it takes most students to get the degree and assume you are a little low.

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