higher education

11:53 am
Wed July 9, 2014

MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault

Youatt says MSU will remain competitive as online education advances.
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In April, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of June Pierce Youatt to the position of provost. As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, she’s in charge of academic initiatives at MSU. She had served as interim provost for more than a year before succeeding Kim Wilcox, who now is chancellor of the University of California-Riverside.

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2:37 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lansing Community College works on renovations amidst budget, tuition discussions

The $31-million renovation of LCC's Arts and Sciences Building was completed last fall.
Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College President Brent Knight arrived six years ago at a time when the college was troubled by strife between the school’s Board of Trustees and the administration. Those days seem to be long gone, as the board works with Knight on projects like the Gannon Building project with a certain amount of unanimity.

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12:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Open Science movement challenges status quo

The Open Science movement attempts to break down barriers both inside the science community and with the general public.
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Studying the final frontier of space got a little bit easier this month. On May 5th, a group of scientists launched an online simulator that allows users to explore our galaxy in incredibly accurate detail in a span of billions years. But what’s the most innovative part of this new project? Anyone can use it whether you’re getting your doctorate in astrophysics or you’re just a curious websurfer.

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10:56 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The risks and rewards of unpaid internships

Dr. Phil Gardner
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As the university school year winds down, many students are preparing for summer unpaid internships, hoping to improve their employability.The practice of not paying interns has become increasingly widespread.

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11:28 am
Mon May 5, 2014

MSU leader reflects on growth of international students

MSU's Beaumont Tower.
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The process of moving to another country for studies is daunting. There’s paperwork to be filed, cultural adjustments and lots of questions. At MSU, the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) helps international students navigate school in the U.S. For over a decade Peter Briggs has served as the Director of OISS. Briggs is retiring this fall.

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11:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Uphill both ways: the myth of working your way through college

MSU Student Randy Olson's research found that working your way through college is much more difficult than it was for previous generations.
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Many college students have heard lectures from their elders saying "I worked my way through school, why can’t you?" Randy Olson, an MSU graduate student, decided to calculate if it was still possible to work your way through school. He concluded - it’s not.

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12:23 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

College readiness network to expand in Ingham County

The Capital Area College Access Network provides students with information about college resources.
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Since 2009, the Capital Area College Access Network has helped hundreds of students from the Lansing School District with college readiness skills and support. The Network is now looking to expand throughout all schools in Ingham County.

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12:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Michigan business group says state gains from higher ed reinvestment

According to Doug Rothwell, college education is needed now more than ever before, but it needs to be affordable.
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After years of controversial cuts to higher education, Michigan has begun reinvesting in its colleges and universities. Last month, Governor Rick Snyder proposed a 6.1 percent spending hike for Michigan’s 15 state-funded colleges and universities. Higher education officials applauded the move, which would be contingent on universities limiting tuition increases.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Reassessing the value of a college education

Dr. Richard Vedder argues that a college degree may not be worth the investment.
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We’ve all heard stories of Ph.D.'s who work as janitors or sales clerks. Increasingly, we’ve also heard of professionals who owe tens of thousands of dollars on their college loans and of recent college graduates unable to find work at all.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Current funding for higher education called 'unsustainable'

Beaumont Tower at Michigan State University
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Since 2008, the state legislature has cut funding for its 15 public universities by a whopping 32%, the 13th highest in the nation according to a report issued earlier this year by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:30 am
Wed November 20, 2013

MSU senior vies for Rhodes Scholarship

MSU senior Craig Pearson will find out this weekend if he'll attend Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship next year.
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This weekend, Michigan State University senior Craig Pearson will interview for a Rhodes Scholarship.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Higher ed scholarships assist Lansing youth

Lansing Sexton High School.
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With rising tuition costs, higher education has grown less affordable and accessible for many. But here in the Lansing area, there are a number of opportunities to help with the costs of obtaining an advanced degree.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kettering University takes active role in Flint's rebirth

Kettering University in Flint
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There's an interesting public-private partnership happening in Flint. Kettering University, the private science and engineering school, has been taking a more active role in the community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing Community College Foundation

According to LCC, starting pay for graduates of its automotive technician program ranges from $30,000 to nearly $80,000 a year.
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This week, Neighbors In Action features the Lansing Community College Foundation, which offers more than 300 scholarships to students in need.

Dan McKean, LCC Foundation executive director, and George Garza, an LCC student and scholarship recipient, discuss LCC’s need-based scholarships and the merits of a community college education.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Higher education more than just job training

Glazer argues that liberal arts education is more valuable than specific job training.
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It’s spring commencement time, when tens of thousands of new graduates head out into the “real world.”  Here in Michigan, there have been a lot of public conversations about how we train our students for jobs in this state, how we keep talent from leaving and attract new talent, and what our universities can be doing to facilitate all of this. From the proposed Michigan 2020 plan by state Democrats to re-thinking the university corridor, there are a lot of ideas floating out there.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Democratic leaders double down on 'Michigan 2020' plan

On Tuesday, Democratic senate leaders reintroduced their “Michigan 2020” plan which proposes to guarantee college tuition for all Michigan high school graduates.  Senator Rebekah Warren from Ann Arbor, one of the proposal’s lead backers, outlines the details.

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1:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan universities see shift in enrollment trends

Student enrollment at Michigan's public universities like Michigan State has dramatically increased among international and out-of-state students.
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A new story from Bridge Magazine poses a provocative question for the parents of Michigan’s high schoolers: “Is a student from China taking my kid’s college slot?”  The story explores recent trends in freshmen enrollment at the state’s public universities. Many have seen dramatic increases in the number of international and out-of-state students. Senior editor  Ron French compiled the story and discusses its findings.

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4:43 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Michigan Schools Weigh Affirmative Action Ruling

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Some universities in Michigan say they're taking a wait-and-see approach on how to proceed a day after a federal appeals court threw out the state's voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions.

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12:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

New Report Shows International Study Thriving At MSU

Chinese Students At Michigan State University
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Michigan State University’s international footprint continues to rank among the biggest in the country.  That fact is borne out again in a new report.

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11:30 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

LCC Dean Calls Student Debt "A Bubble About to Burst"

Dr. Evan Montague is Dean of Student Services at Lansing Community College.
Photo courtesy of Lansing Community College

Last Saturday, hundreds of students graduated from Lansing Community College.  It was a time for celebration, but many of them are already in debt.  Some will go on to four-year universities, where they’ll probably have to borrow a lot more money.

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