Michigan lawmakers unveil, approve $62.7B state budget

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers Wednesday swiftly proposed and passed a $62.7 billion budget that will keep spending flat thanks to a federal rescue and avoid major cuts that had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Davenport University extends Launch Scholarship eligibility

Davenport University is extending eligibility for its Launch Scholarship that offers up to $8,000 for up to 30 credits for up to 4 years to individuals who have been unemployed, laid off or furloughed after March 1 because of COVID-19.

Study shows damage of pre-K learning disruptions

A new study focusing on the education of preschoolers after providers shut down in-person instruction in March shows a number of negative consequences on early childhood learning.

GVSU students ordered to stay in place for 2 weeks

ALLENDALE — Students at Grand Valley State University were ordered Wednesday to hunker down for two weeks due to a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the West Michigan campus.

Aquinas College receives national recognition in social mobility

Aquinas College tied for 80th on the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility in the U.S. News and World Report's 2021 Best College rankings.

U-Michigan sues over strike by graduate students who teach

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan is suing to stop a strike by graduate-student instructors after they voted to extend their walkout.

NMU settles bias lawsuit by female professors for $1.46M

MARQUETTE — Four female professors who accused Northern Michigan University of discrimination based on gender have settled a lawsuit for $1.46 million, their attorneys said.

Michigan State University drops building name linked to KKK member

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University trustees unanimously changed the name of a campus building Friday after determining that a man with a long record of public service was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, despite a grandson's objections.

Calvin University sets school record for annual fundraising

Calvin University had a record-breaking fundraising year, raising $64.3 million in gifts and pledges from more than 18,800 alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students throughout the 2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020).

Graduate students who teach launch strike at U-M

ANN ARBOR — Graduate students who teach classes were on strike Tuesday at the University of Michigan over in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.

Sacred Heart Academy ranks among tops in nation

Grand Rapids-based Sacred Heart Academy was nationally ranked No. 17 among schools that took the Classic Learning Test for the second consecutive year.

Study: Education, occupation major factors in racial income gap

A pair of economics professors did a deep dive into the racial wealth gap in the U.S. during the past 40 years, and the findings are not encouraging, especially for Black workers in Michigan.

MSU dropping name of Ku Klux Klan member from building

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University is moving to change the name of a campus building after learning that it's named for a man who belonged to the Ku Klux Klan.

Ferris State to offer programs at new GRPS campus

Ferris State University announced its intention to extend its Grand Rapids outreach programs to Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Southwest Community Campus high school.

Ferris State University receives $1 million grant to fight opioid misuse

A local university received its largest academic grant of $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to fight opioid misuse.

Michigan school settles suit over suicide for $500,000

LANSING — A Michigan school district accused of failing to stop a teenager from being bullied settled a lawsuit over his suicide for $500,000, a newspaper reported.

Hispanic chamber wins $10K college access grant

Michigan College Access Network awarded $10,000 to the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support college attainment for the populations it serves.

Scholarships to help GRCC students pursue welding career

Grand Rapids Community College was one of three schools in the country to each receive a $100,000 joint grant from Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide and Metallica Scholars to help students with workforce training and career skills.

Calvin creates sand dune on campus for science students

A Calvin University professor normally takes her students to the sand dunes along Lake Michigan but now, because of COVID-19, she is bringing the sand dunes to her students.

HR firm shares ideas to support working parents

HR Collaborative said employers shouldn’t fall back on wishful thinking about kids’ return-to-learning realities this fall, but instead should help employees “hope for the...