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College Admissions Experts Hope 2011 High School Graduates will be Better Prepared Academically
Monday, May 23, 2011 (727 reads)

May 23, 2011/Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Tom Dupuie pushed himself as a Kenowa Hills High School student, taking tougher classes, like higher mathematics and science.

“I was preparing myself for college,” said Dupuie, now a senior at Ferris State University who expects to finish up his degree on time.

“But some of my friends were taking classes like school store or yearbook,” he said. “Their grade-point averages might have been as high as mine or even higher, but I wonder how they did in college.”

Too often, college admissions experts said, those students did not fare as well, requiring remedial help. They may have had a high school diploma but not necessarily the skills needed to begin college.

Admissions officers from area colleges say it is too soon to tell how the revamped Michigan Merit Curriculum has changed high school students, since the first class affected has sent in applications and transcripts but won’t start classes until the fall.
But they are optimistic the Class of 2011 will be better prepared — and more high schoolers will realize they can handle the academic hurdles of higher education.

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GVSU Launches Web Site Of School, Neighborhood Data
Friday, May 06, 2011 (1055 reads)

May 5, 2011/CBS Detroit

Grand Valley State University has developed a Web site designed to help Michigan residents and educators learn more about their schools and communities, and how they impact one another.


The Web site,, combines 2010 U.S. Census data with information from the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Community Health and local police departments and clerks. The site features visual markers that represent all traditional, charter and private schools in the state. Each marker representing a school can be selected to view information about that specific school or district, including enrollment characteristics and standardized test performance. is built on a platform similar to Google Maps and allows users to visually display information such as an area’s population, housing, vital records, crime, education, income, voting and transportation through color-coded maps. The site also features a comparison tool that allows users to compare up to five schools or districts using 40 different indicators.

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Grand Valley Reports Record Internships, Economic Impact
Monday, May 02, 2011 (1054 reads)

May 1, 2011/CBS News Detroit

The annual economic impact that Grand Valley State University has on the region rose by nearly $40 million to $680.4 million in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The university issued its yearly economic impact report during its April 29 Board of Trustees meeting.

Grand Valley also reported a record number of students are getting practical experience in the work force, saving employers money and keeping more graduates in Michigan.
The economic impact report covers Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties. The university employs more than 3,000 people and brings nearly 25,000 students to West Michigan.

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