Only 33 of 83 counties are served by a community college. This makes it more difficult and expensive for students from generally poorer and more rural counties to take advantage of the Michigan Reconnect program.
Michigan State is addressing the state’s critical workforce needs by accelerating its teaching program, expanding nursing enrollment and serving as a pipeline for in-state engineering jobs, particularly in the auto industry.
Our student success rate is now approaching 50 percent, but we recognize more is needed to ensure more students graduate or transfer to four-year schools. For that to happen, we need greater state investment in student support.
It makes sense for a single agency to coordinate policies in higher education. But Whitmer’s new department may violate the state Constitution and, as we’ve seen in Florida, there are perils when a state executive takes away power from independent institutions.
University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor Deba Dutta will leave the school in September. The change comes as the campus is attempting to improve the long term viability of the school, work that will temporarily be paused.
The aim is to improve educational outcomes from early childhood through after-school and postsecondary programs, with the goal of every Michigan student earning a skill certificate or degree after high school.
In rejecting the plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt, the court crushed a signature promise made by Joe Biden in the 2020 race for president. The ruling impacts more than 40 million borrowers, including over 800,000 in Michigan.
The Supreme Court reversed years of precedent in ruling that race-conscious college admissions policies violate the Equal Protection Clause. U-M officials say a 2006 affirmative action ban in Michigan made fielding a diverse student body harder.
In Democrats’ first education budget, lawmakers directed more funds to schools with disadvantaged students as the state tries to recover from pandemic learning loss. There is also more investment for English language learners and special education.
While waiting for a joint committee between Senate and House lawmakers to finalize budget details, Michigan lawmakers passed a series of bills ranging from a child marriage ban to a sexual assault victim protection law.
Lawyers for slain students Brian Fraser and Arielle Anderson, and for an injured student, Hanyang Tao, filed court papers that may be a prelude to suit. Seven of the eight students shot in February have now filed court notices.