February 2, 2024

Please join MASU in thanking CMU President Bob Davies for his six years of service leading the institution, as he announced this week that he will step down at the conclusion of the calendar year. See related stories below.

In the News

College Access & Affordability

Ferris State to hold seminars on FAFSA changes

WOOD TV (Jan. 23)

Need help filling out new FAFSA forms? This university is offering free webinars [FSU]

MLive (Jan. 27)

How delays in college financial aid offers will affect Michigan students [CMU, MSU, MTU, UM]

Bridge (Jan. 31)

Ferris rep says FAFSA changes will benefit students

Pioneer (Feb. 2)

Economic Development

New renderings for $300M downtown arena cast spotlight on Western Michigan University

MLive (Jan. 25)

UM Innovation Partnerships to establish venture fund, consortium with $5M from state [MSU, MTU, WSU, WMU]

Crain’s Detroit Business (Jan. 29)

Michigan Tech and Five Other Public Universities Awarded $5 Million to Support Entrepreneurs and Innovation [MSU, UM, WSU, WMU]

Keweenaw Report (Jan. 30)

Michigan Tech joins six-university consortium, fund to foster new development statewide

UPword (Jan. 31)

Growing Michigan’s population will require a lot of money, time, bipartisan council reports [WSU]

WDET TV (Jan. 31)

Educational Attainment

Michigan's postsecondary success rises but still trails the nation's, report finds [MSU, WSU]

The Detroit News (Jan. 31)


Humanities, arts, take hit as enrollments drop [CMU, FSU, OU, MASU]

Capital News Service (Jan. 26)

Facilities Planning & Campus Improvement

Lifting weights, uplifting lives: Leaders praise new $165M University of Michigan rec center

MLive (Jan. 26)

Burst pipes leave dead plants, devastation at MSU's Butterfly House, greenhouses

Lansing State Journal (Jan. 31)

Higher Education Finance – Federal Funding & Financial Aid

Army funds UM Automotive Research Center with $100M [CMU, MSU, OU, WSU]

Crain’s Detroit Business (Jan. 26)

University of Michigan Automotive Research Center Lands $100M in U.S. Army Funding [CMU, MSU, MTU, OU, WSU]

dbusiness (Jan. 26)

Higher Education Finance — Institutional Dynamics

State liquor licenses OK'd for UM's Crisler, Yost; here is when alcohol sales will begin

The Detroit News (Feb. 1)

U-M to begin selling alcohol at Crisler Center, Yost Arena

WNEM TV (Feb. 1)

Higher Education Finance — State Operating Support

State Support for Colleges Grew as Stimulus Funds Ebbed

Inside Higher Ed (Feb. 1)

Higher Education in the 2024 Elections

#OTGYpsi: Eastern Michigan University students spread the word on new voting laws and Michigan's upcoming primary elections

WEMU FM (Jan. 31)

EMU students work to ensure peers know their voting rights in advance of 2024 elections

Concentrate (Jan. 31)

Leadership Transitions

CMU President Davies plans to step down at the end of the year

The Morning Sun (Jan. 31)

CMU President Bob Davies to step down at the end of 2024

Midland Daily News (Jan. 31)

Central Michigan University president plans to step down at year's end

The Detroit News (Jan. 31)

Central Michigan University president will step down in December

Bridge (Jan. 31)

CMU President Robert Davies stepped down. Here’s what his resignation letter said.

MLive (Jan. 31)

Philanthropic Support

OU reaches fundraising goal

The Oakland Press (Jan. 28)

Program Delivery

Expecting growing demand for nurses, this Michigan university is adding a new program in 2025

MLive (Jan. 29)

Central Michigan launches new four-year nursing degree program

WXYZ TV (Jan. 29)

Central Michigan University to begin 4-year nursing degree program

WLNS TV (Jan. 29)

New nursing program coming to CMU

WNEM TV (Jan. 29)

Launch a successful career in eSports at Ferris State University

WOOD TV (Jan. 29)

Central Michigan University announces new bachelor’s of science nursing program that launches January 2025

WWTV TV (Jan. 29)

CMU announces new 4-year nursing degree program

Midland Daily News (Jan. 29)

Central Michigan University launches new 4-year nursing program

WJRT TV (Jan. 29)

3 Questions About Generative AI and Academic Innovation With James DeVaney [UM]

Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 30)

Detroit tech company joins University of Michigan’s Mcity mobility research partnership

WDIV TV (Jan. 30)

Michigan’s medical students are fired up about reproductive health care [MSU, CMU, UM]

The Gander (Feb. 1)

Safety & Health

Grand Valley's 'open-air cover' on campus bridge addresses student concerns

WXMI TV (Jan. 30)

GVSU adds safety barriers to bridge after student deaths

WOOD TV (Feb. 1)

University Accountability

Michigan universities struggle with FOIA requests. It may be by design, experts say [CMU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, UM]

MLive (Jan. 29)

Workforce Alignment

State program aims to get more teachers by paying for a degree or certification [NMU]

WXYZ TV (Jan. 26)


Hendges: Support adult learners to boost higher education

The Detroit News (Jan. 28)

Opinion | Michigan needs more than recent high school grads to go to college

Bridge (Jan. 29)

State and National Reports
Michigan in Context

Grapevine Report on State Fiscal Support for Higher Education

SHEEO (Feb. 1)

Michigan ranked 41st in the nation for state support of higher education per capita at only $274 per resident in FY 2024. The national average was $378 per capita.

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