January 19, 2024

In the News

College Access & Affordability

MTU, NMU explains FAFSA updates for 2024-2025 school year

WLUC TV (Jan. 12)

Battle in Michigan emerges on requiring FAFSA to graduate high school

The Detroit News (Jan. 15)

Facilities Planning & Campus Improvement

Damaged water main cuts off supply to 3 Eastern Michigan University student dorms

MLive (Jan. 12)

Want to own part of Michigan State’s old Farm Lane bridge? Pieces are for sale

Lansing State Journal (Jan. 12)

WMU to build new residence hall for first-year students

WKZO FM (Jan. 15)

University closes Halle Library due to damaged heating units [EMU]

The Eastern Echo (Jan. 15)

MSU Esports Lounge opening

WILX TV (Jan. 17)

Water leak at Munn Arena damages offices, lounge area [MSU]

Lansing State Journal (Jan. 18)

Federal Policy

Student loan forgiveness under SAVE plan to begin next month

WJRT TV (Jan. 12)

Governance & Speech

Liggins and Wood appointed by Whitmer to WMU Board of Trustees

WKZO FM (Jan. 11)

2 new members appointed to Western Michigan University Board of Trustees

MLive (Jan. 12)

University of Michigan regents plan vote on new free speech principles

The Detroit News (Jan. 15)

UMich Board of Regents unanimously adopt new set of principles on freedom of expression

The Michigan Daily (Jan. 16)

'Cancel culture is dead': University of Michigan board approves new free speech statement

The Detroit News (Jan. 16)

‘Cancel culture is dead’: University of Michigan updates free speech policy [UM-D, UM-F]

MLive (Jan. 17)

Governor appoints new Board of Trustees members [WMU]

Western Herald (Jan. 19)

Higher Education Finance — Institutional Dynamics

UMich releases 2023 annual report [UM-D, UM-F]

The Michigan Daily (Jan. 16)

Michigan State football: Examining contracts for Jonathan Smith's new assistant coaches

Lansing State Journal (Jan. 18)

Institutional Leadership

New Wayne State president touts 'university of opportunity,' encourages Texas-like swagger

Crain’s Detroit Business (Jan. 11)

State of Michigan selects NMU staff member for advisory council

WLUC TV (Jan. 17)

Saginaw County's community group unveils diversity and inclusion plan for future growth [SVSU]

WEYI TV (Jan. 18)

Finance & Investing Announces Top 25 CFOs of Michigan for 2023 [EMU]

Finance & Investing (Jan. 18)

Philanthropic Support

Oakland University exceeds $150M campaign goal

Crain’s Detroit Business (Jan. 16)

Program Delivery

Undergraduate Public Health Program expands for fall 2024

The Michigan Daily (Jan. 15)

AIs Enrolling as Students in Michigan University’s Experiment [FSU]

Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 18)

LSSU launches online MBA program for working professionals

Soo Leader (Jan. 18)

Public Health

100 Narcan vending machines coming to Wayne County [WSU]

Detroit Free Press (Jan. 19)

Recognitions & Awards

Top 5 Animation School Programs in Michigan - 2024 College Rankings [CMU, EMU, FSU, GVSU]

Animation Career Review (Jan. 12)

Safety & Health

Oakland University’s updated Medical Amnesty Policy

The Oakland Post (Jan. 17)

These are top colleges for campus safety, says think tank

Detroit Free Press (Jan. 18)

Oakland University ranked 7th safest college campus in US

Detroit Free Press (Jan. 18)

Mentavi Health partners with colleges for online student mental health assessments [UM-F]

Crain’s Grand Rapids Business (Jan. 18)

Strategic Planning

New Campus Master Plan announced for improving WMU campus

Western Herald (Jan. 16)

MSU launches survey to assess community health and well-being

The State News (Jan. 16)

Student Success

Ferris State University’s Success Hubs connect students with classes and services to transform Lives

WXMI TV (Jan. 18)

University Accountability

Full truth, closure sought as MSU prepares to release Nassar documents to Nessel [UM]

The Detroit News (Jan. 14)

‘Lack of trust': officers, agencies refused to participate in outside review of MSU shooting response

The State News (Jan. 17)

Workforce Alignment

Gotion Inc. plans groundbreaking in Green Charter Township in 2024 [FSU]

Pioneer (Jan. 17)


What debating gay marriage opponents taught me about the limits of free speech | Opinion [WSU]

Detroit Free Press (Jan. 17)

State and National Reports
Michigan in Context

53rd Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid: 2021-2022 Academic Year [PDF]

National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (January 2024)

Michigan ranked 40th in the nation for total grant dollars per state population in 2021-22 at $11.64. The national average was $39.01 and the national median was about $27.

Learning and Earning by Degrees: Gains in College Degree Attainment Have Enriched the Nation and Every State, but Racial and Gender Inequality Persists

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (January 2024)

Michigan is solidly in the middle of the nation (23rd) for increasing attainment at the bachelor’s degree or higher level. However, that increased state attainment still is expected to generate $436 billion in net lifetime earnings gains.

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