There’s high demand for the Whitmer administration’s Michigan Reconnect program, which pays tuition and some fees for residents at community colleges. It’s unclear how many will follow through to enrollment and finish their degree.
Republicans in Michigan are joining conservative colleagues across the country in a race to pre-emptively ban COVID-19 “vaccine passports,” citing concerns over privacy and personal liberty amid a mass inoculation effort.
On April 29, Bridge Michigan senior writer Ron French will moderate a Zoom discussion with Michigan College Access Network board chair Maddy Day and Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz on the impact of COVID on higher education this fall and beyond.
Michigan plans to distribute thousands of doses of the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine to public and private colleges in coming days, in hopes of immunizing students before they leave campuses as the school year ends.
“I pledge to be part of a respectful dialogue going forward and challenge my colleagues and others to do the same,” Regent Ron Weiser said at a board meeting Friday. The group censured his harsh words about Democratic and GOP leaders.
The enrollment drop last fall was particularly pronounced among Black, Hispanic, and low-income students, groups hit hard by the pandemic and the resulting economic strain. See how college enrollment rates in your school district changed in 2020.
Michigan Technological University has had a series of controversies over institutional racism. Now, a racist hate group has turned its sights on the predominantly white school, amid a surge in hate crimes statewide.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s programs offering tuition-free community college to low-income students and frontline workers have fueled a race among four-year universities to promote similar deals. Millions of Michigan residents can now qualify for free or deeply discounted degrees.