universities http://michiganradio.org en How deeply do major university donors influence higher education in America? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-deeply-do-major-university-donors-influence-higher-education-america <p>It was a gift &mdash; with a capital &quot;G.&quot;</p><p>Real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made big headlines last month with an eye-popping $200-million gift to the University of Michigan.</p><p>The donation is earmarked for the university&#39;s athletic department and the business school that already bears the name of Stephen Ross from an earlier gift of $113 million.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:39:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 14669 at http://michiganradio.org How deeply do major university donors influence higher education in America? College dorms opening at campuses around Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/college-dorms-opening-campuses-around-michigan <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Get out the laundry carts: students are returning to college dorms.<br><br>More than 7,000 freshmen at Michigan State University begin moving in Sunday while other students check in Monday. Classes start Wednesday in East Lansing.<br><br>In Marquette, classes start Monday at Northern Michigan University. Wayne State University in Detroit is welcoming freshmen on Saturday, with sophomore, juniors and seniors following on Sunday.<br> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:58:50 +0000 The Associated Press 14130 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan facing a lawsuit over student loan program http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-facing-lawsuit-over-student-loan-program <p>The state of Michigan is facing a potential class action lawsuit over a student loan program.</p><p></p><p>Beginning in 2003, the Michigan Students First loan program offered college students an interest rate subsidy after their first 36 on-time loan payments, effectively reducing their interest rate to zero.</p><p></p><p>But in 2010, the subsidy was ended.</p><p></p><p>Attorney Jeff Hank says that left thousands of Michigan college students having to pay more in student loans than they had originally planned.</p><p></p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12944 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan facing a lawsuit over student loan program Michigan universities producing entrepreneurs faster than national average http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-universities-producing-entrepreneurs-faster-national-average <p>Michigan’s three biggest universities are producing young entrepreneurs twice as fast as the national average.</p><p>That’s according <a href="http://www.andersoneconomicgroup.com/Portals/0/upload/URC_13%27_Report_on_Entrepreneurship_FINAL_Secure.pdf">to a report by East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group</a> released today at a conference of business leaders and politicians on Mackinac Island.</p><p>Debbie Dingell is chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.</p><p>“What’s clear is that we in Michigan have young people with ideas, and we’re giving them a university system that’s giving them the tools that they need to actually go out and start that business,” said Debbie Dingell, chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.</p><p>The report says almost half of the new businesses started by college grads have been started or acquired in Michigan.</p><p>University officials say they’ve revamped their curriculum in recent years to encourage entrepreneurship among students. Thu, 30 May 2013 21:28:49 +0000 Jake Neher 12826 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan universities producing entrepreneurs faster than national average Stateside: Gender neutral housing at universities http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-gender-neutral-housing-universities <p>Universities across the country are opening up campus housing to transgender students and it's happening right here in Michigan.</p><p>The University of Michigan housing has announced it will set aside a block of gender neutral rooms for transgender and gender non-conforming students in the fall of 2013, as a part of the gender inclusive living experience.</p><p>We speak with <span id="internal-source-marker_0.8477561543721028" style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Amy Navvab, a student at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Open Housing Initiative, and Amanda Hobson, Residential Coordinator at Ohio University </span>where gender neutral housing is already available to students.</p><p>Listen to the interview above. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:04:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 11248 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Gender neutral housing at universities More young Michiganders are getting college degrees http://michiganradio.org/post/more-young-michiganders-are-getting-college-degrees <p><a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-state-state-college-attainment-numbers-show-progress-toward-2020-goal">A new report</a> shows a growing percentage of Michigan young people have college degrees.</p><p></p><p>But one expert says the state must do more to keep those graduates from leaving the state. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:14:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 8250 at http://michiganradio.org More young Michiganders are getting college degrees Online searchable "checkbook" proposed for state universities http://michiganradio.org/post/online-searchable-checkbook-proposed-state-universities <p align="LEFT">A state House Republican says citizens should be able to see every expense for&nbsp;state universities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Representative Tom McMillin proposes a constitutional amendment that would require universities to list all their expenses. The items would be kept in an online searchable database.</p><p align="LEFT">Universities aren&#39;t lining up to support the idea.</p><p align="LEFT">Mike Boulus is head of the President&#39;s Council, a group that represents state universities in Michigan.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:45:06 +0000 Tracy Samilton 7203 at http://michiganradio.org Online searchable "checkbook" proposed for state universities Republican state lawmakers propose reductions in Michigan university boards http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-state-lawmakers-propose-reductions-michigan-university-boards <p>Some Republican state lawmakers are questioning whether each state university in Michigan needs its own board of trustees.</p><p>State Rep. Bill Rogers is sponsoring a proposal to evaluate the need for separate boards.&nbsp; Rogers said&nbsp; it&#39;s part of an effort to make college education less expensive and more efficient.</p><p>Mike Boulus, the executive director of the <a href="http://www.pcsum.org/">Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan</a>, said&nbsp; having separate boards allows universities to make quick decisions.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:37:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Allison Lyons 5617 at http://michiganradio.org Court agrees to reconsider affirmative action ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/court-agrees-reconsider-affirmative-action-ruling <p><strong>Update 6:18 p.m.</strong></p><p>Here&#39;s a copy of the <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/6thCircuitCoalitionOrder.pdf">court order</a>.</p><p><strong>5:42 p.m.</strong></p><p>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider a decision to strike down Michigan&#39;s ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action in university admissions.</p><p>A panel of the court ruled in July that the&nbsp;affirmative action ban violated equal protection rights in the U.S. Constitution.</p><p>The new hearing will take place before&nbsp;more&nbsp;than a dozen judges that make up the entire sixth circuit appeals court based in Cincinnati.</p><p>Michigan voters approved the amendment to the state constitution in 2006. The&nbsp;amendment was challenged in federal court by several civil rights groups.&nbsp;Oral arguments and a decision in the case are not expected before next year.</p><p>Here&#39;s an excerpt from a press release from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette:</p><blockquote><p>On July 1, 2011, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6<sup>th</sup> Circuit issued a 2-1 decision that declared Michigan&rsquo;s constitutional ban on racial preferences in public education unconstitutional on the grounds it allegedly violated the 14<sup>th</sup> Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Schuette appealed the ruling through a formal request for rehearing en banc with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.&nbsp; A rehearing en banc involves presenting the case to the full court of the 6<sup>th</sup> Circuit for review.&nbsp; This process is reserved when new decisions conflict with previous rulings, and for questions of &ldquo;exceptional importance&rdquo; (Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure - 35).</p><p>MCRI was approved by a 58% majority of Michigan voters in November, 2006.&nbsp;&nbsp; The day after the measure was approved, several organizations filed suit to invalidate MCRI.&nbsp; The measure was previously upheld in December 2006 when a separate three judge panel from the 6<sup>th</sup> Circuit issued a preliminary ruling that unanimously concluded the measure passed Constitutional muster.&nbsp;</p><p>The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative will remain in force pending a final decision by the court.</p></blockquote><p><strong>5:21 p.m.</strong></p><p>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to reconsider a decision to strike down Michigan&#39;s ban on race- and gender-based affirmative action in university admissions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 22:18:16 +0000 Rick Pluta & Mark Brush 4101 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan students pay about half the "sticker price" of tuition http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigan-students-pay-about-half-sticker-price-tuition <p>A coalition of Michigan&rsquo;s public university officials says college is still affordable, despite tuition hikes.</p><p><a href="http://www.pcsum.org/Portals/0/docs/Tuition%20study%20press%20release.pdf">A report from the Presidents Council</a> says need-based financial aid is on the rise, and universities are covering more student costs.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michael Boulous is executive director of the Presidents Council.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The bottom line is aid is available if you have need. College still is affordable, and we don&rsquo;t want that to be a discouraging piece in attending any post-secondary institution.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Boulous says a college education is more important than ever for workers in Michigan.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The number of jobs for workers with high school diplomas is shrinking rapidly,&quot; says Boulous. &quot;In many cases, entire industries that employed these workers are vanishing. Unemployment for people who have gone to college is half the rate it is for those who have only a high school diploma.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The report says merit-based scholarships have decreased slightly over the past few years. But the report says need-based financial aid has nearly doubled in that time.</p><p>The Presidents Council says the average student pays about $4,800 in tuition at a public university. Housing and books can add about $9,000 to that price tag.</p><p>School officials say about two-thirds of students qualify for financial aid. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:46:54 +0000 Laura Weber 3969 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan students pay about half the "sticker price" of tuition Judge says CMU faculty must work, but allowed to picket http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-says-cmu-faculty-must-work-allowed-picket <p>Both sides in the Central Michigan University fracas seem to like the court order issued today.</p><p>Judge Paul Chamberlain said members of the CMU Faculty Association must continue to work, but they are allowed to picket.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/08/isabella_county_judge_extends.html">Saginaw News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>An Isabella County judge extended a court injunction that prevents Central Michigan University faculty from holding a strike or work stoppage.</p><p>The court order, signed by Circuit Judge Paul H. Chamberlain just before noon on Friday, states faculty are restrained from holding a work stoppage but are allowed to picket.</p><p>Laura Frey, Faculty Association president, said the court hearing was a &quot;win&quot; for the faculty.</p><p>&quot;Our First Amendment rights have been restored,&quot; she said.</p></blockquote><p>In a<a href="http://media.cmich.edu/pr/cmu/judge-continues-preliminary-injunction.aspx?link_page_rss=214315"> statement</a>, CMU Provost and Executive Vice President E. Gary Shapiro said &quot;we are extremely pleased with today&rsquo;s court action, which places the priority on student learning and academic achievement. We now look forward to reaching an agreement through fact finding.&quot;</p><p>The University is seeking to cut faculty pay and benefits in response to state budget cuts. Members of the CMU Faculty Association, the union representing faculty, have said University officials are not bargaining in good faith with them.</p><p>A fact-finding process set up to resolve the dispute will begin on September 7.</p><p>In the Saginaw News article, Laura Frey &quot;said the faculty intends on exercising their First Amendment rights when asked if they would picket.&quot; Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:07:17 +0000 Mark Brush 3933 at http://michiganradio.org Judge says CMU faculty must work, but allowed to picket Appeals to the federal court that struck down affimative action ban http://michiganradio.org/post/appeals-federal-court-struck-down-affimative-action-ban <p>The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is fighting state Attorney General Bill Schuette in court.</p><p>Schuette wants to restore the voter-approved ban on affirmative action in university admissions.</p><p>The commission has filed a brief with a federal appeals court saying the court made the correct decision.</p><p>A panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the ban on affirmative action in admissions policies last month.</p><p>The Michigan attorney general is now asking the entire court to reconsider and reverse that decision.</p><p>He says the court should give deference to the wishes of Michigan voters who approved the ban in 2006.</p><p>The Civil Rights Commission is an independent agency. The members of the commission were all appointed in recent years by Democrat Jennifer Granholm when she was governor.</p><p>The brief filed by the commission says universities, not voters, should be trusted to make decisions in the best interests of their students, and it was unconstitutional to single-out admissions policies dealing with race and gender diversity on the ballot.</p><p>There is no word on when the court may decide whether to reconsider the decision. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:04:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 3884 at http://michiganradio.org Fact finding hearing dates set for Central Michigan University dispute http://michiganradio.org/post/fact-finding-hearing-dates-set-central-michigan-university-dispute <p>The Central Michigan University Faculty Association organized a work stoppage on the first day of classes yesterday after they said the CMU administration was not bargaining with the union in good faith.</p><p>CMU officials filed in injunction and a judge ordered the faculty members back to work (state employees are not allowed to strike under state law).</p><p>The dispute is over cuts to salary and benefits.</p><p>Now, a fact finder has been assigned to help the parties resolve the dispute. From a <a href="http://media.cmich.edu/pr/cmu/fact-finder-appointed-to-hear.aspx">CMU press release</a>:</p><blockquote><div>The Michigan Employment Relations Commission has appointed Barry Goldman to oversee the fact finding process involving the CMU Faculty Association and Central Michigan University.</div><div>In addition, hearing dates of Sept. 7, 9 and 13 have been accepted by both parties.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Fact finding is a process in which an impartial party is assigned to hear both the university&rsquo;s and the FA&rsquo;s positions and then render a recommendation on a collective bargaining agreement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Both the FA and CMU filed petitions for fact finding July 14.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></blockquote><div>CMU spokesman Steve Smith says Goldman will listen to both sides on the hearing dates and will later issue a recommendation. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:09:22 +0000 Mark Brush 3879 at http://michiganradio.org Fact finding hearing dates set for Central Michigan University dispute Judge signs injunction, orders CMU faculty back to work http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-signs-injunction-orders-cmu-faculty-back-work <p><strong>Update: 5:08 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Central Michigan University Faculty Association plans to comply with Judge Duthie&#39;s order.</p><p>From their <a href="http://www.mea.org/cmu-faculty-will-obey-court-order-classes-resume-tomorrow">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association President said, &ldquo;We will obey the court order and return to work tomorrow. But this does not end the issue. The faculty remains strong and committed to securing a fair and equitable contract for members.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:08:55 +0000 Mark Brush 3860 at http://michiganradio.org CMU faculty strike, picketers confront president http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-faculty-strike-picketers-confront-president <p>The <a href="http://www.cmufa.com/">Central Michigan University Faculty Association</a> declared a strike on the first day of classes today.</p><p>Members of the Faculty Association and those supporting the union formed picket lines around the campus today.</p><p>Reporter David Jesse described the scene on the CMU Campus for the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110822/NEWS06/110822039/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:55:35 +0000 Mark Brush 3859 at http://michiganradio.org CMU faculty strike, picketers confront president CMU contract talks may delay school year http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-contract-talks-may-delay-school-year <p>Classes at <a href="http://www.cmich.edu/x22.xml">Central Michigan University</a> may be delayed because of contract disputes between the faculty union and administration. Without a contract, faculty may not show for class August 22. The two groups are at a standstill on a number of issues including salary increases, health care or who is allowed to be a union member.</p><p>Tim Connors is the former president of the faculty union at the university. He says the union is ready to get back to the table.</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:41:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3682 at http://michiganradio.org CMU contract talks may delay school year Wayne State to cut 200 positions to balance budget http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-cut-200-positions-balance-budget <p>DETROIT (AP) - Wayne State University is cutting 200 jobs, including 80 that are currently filled due to a loss of $32 million in funding from the state.</p><p>The Detroit Free Press reports Friday that an email about the layoffs and cuts was sent Thursday to all university employees by school President Alan Gilmour.</p><p>Gilmour writes that the school has &quot;notified most of the affected employees.&quot;</p><p>The Detroit university looked at each of its schools, colleges and divisions for cost savings and hiked tuition for undergraduate and graduate students to keep its budget balanced.</p><p>It says no additional job cuts are planned. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:00:26 +0000 The Associated Press 3533 at http://michiganradio.org State Budget Director says MSU and WSU did not violate tuition cap http://michiganradio.org/post/state-budget-director-says-msu-and-wsu-did-not-violate-tuition-cap <p>State Budget Director John Nixon says Michigan State University and Wayne State University did not violate the state&#39;s tuition cap of 7 percent when setting fall tuition rates and they will receive their full state aid payments. Nixon still needs to make a decision on whether Northern Michigan&nbsp;University exceeded the cap.&nbsp; Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:14:01 +0000 Rick Pluta 3510 at http://michiganradio.org Universities work toward effective social media strategies http://michiganradio.org/post/universities-work-toward-effective-social-media-strategies <p>Many colleges and universities are still trying to develop their social media strategy. A <a href="https://www.noellevitz.com/papers-research-higher-education/2010/2010-e-expectations-report">study</a> by <a href="https://www.noellevitz.com/">Noel-Levitz Higher Education Consultants</a> shows one in four potential students drops a school from their prospective list after a bad experience on the university&rsquo;s website.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:52:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3292 at http://michiganradio.org Universities work toward effective social media strategies Growing concerns with increasing lecturers and decreasing tenured and tenure track faculty http://michiganradio.org/post/growing-concerns-increasing-lecturers-and-decreasing-tenured-and-tenure-track-faculty <p>The University of Michigan-Flint is one of many American campuses that has hired more lecturers than tenure track faculty in the past few years. According to <a href="http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/searchresults.htm?query=trends+in+instructional+staff+employment+status">AAUP</a> research, nationally the number of non-tenure track&nbsp;faculty increased by more than 200 percent on college campuses while tenured faculty increased 30 percent and tenure track faculty increased 7 percent.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:20:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3280 at http://michiganradio.org Growing concerns with increasing lecturers and decreasing tenured and tenure track faculty