The 3-million member National Education Association has a new president, and she was in East Lansing yesterday. Lily Eskelsen Garcia took office on September 1st. Her trip to East Lansing was devoted to pushing for not only organized labor, but also for making higher education affordable.
Higher education has long been seen as a ticket out of poverty for low-income students. And in today’s competitive work environment, a college degree is more important than ever for securing a place in the middle class. The number of low-income students enrolling at four year schools has grown around 20-percent over the past several decades. But while more of those kids are making it to college, graduating is still a struggle.
This is usually the time of year where recent college graduates are beginning to settle into their first job after graduation. For many, if they’re lucky, the job is a stepping stone or an entry into a lifelong career. But more recent graduates are now taking a gap year after they graduate college and are getting involved with international volunteer opportunities, a practice also referred to as “voluntourism.”
Michigan State University is currently building a 130,000 square foot bioengineering facility. It's scheduled to open in 2015. Scientists across the U.S. are competing harder for tight federal grant funding, particularly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Bioengineering facility is planned at MSU.
Universities across the U-S are settling into the fall semester. Here in Michigan, a large amount of their research focuses on biomedicine and life sciences. The bulk of federal funding for these pursuits comes from the NIH, the National Institutes of Health. But the NIH has had its budget squeezed in recent years, and times are tough for scientists facing intense competition for dwindling dollars.
In more and more career tracks, from sales to journalism to finance, an internship is required for young and new employees looking to break in. And following this trend, more colleges are now mandating internships as part of their degree requirements. But many of these internships are unpaid, which leaves these workers at the bottom of the pecking order with few workplace protections, including from a boss’s inappropriate advances and unwanted attention.
Today is September 11th, the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Observations to honor the victims and first responders are being held in places like Wentworth Park in Lansing, where “Lansing Remembers” started at 8:30 this morning, “Mason Cares” at the fire station on Ash Street from 1 to 7 p-m today, another at the Williamston fire station tonight at 6 p-m, and probably others in your town. While we reflect on what happened that day 13 years ago, we also consider how the effects of the 9-11 attacks linger in the world today. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the beheadings to two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, bringing to light the danger faced by journalists around the world today.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon recently welcomed the 12th Freshman class to East Lansing since taking over the top spot at MSU. In what’s become a late summer ritual, she spent much of the weekend travelling the campus in a golf cart, greeting, assisting and talking with new and returning students and their families.
Momentum toward addressing issues of sexual violence on college campuses has strengthened considerably in the last year. Back in April, a White House task force released a comprehensive report to address sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses. Reports of sexual assault are on the rise at many colleges and universities, and there’s a list of more than 50 universities that are under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assaults on their campuses, a list that includes both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
Last month it was announced that Michigan State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center had received an anonymous gift of $1 million. The gift has been called the Support Outreach Action and Respect Fund (SOAR). It’s the largest donation in the history of Michigan State University’s LGBT resource center.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Michigan College Access Network, which is a statewide organization dedicated to increasing access to higher education for low-income, minority and first-generation college students in Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.