Education

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Lake Superior State University is studying whether to charge the same tuition rate to all students.

U.S. students now pay $5,412 per semester for 12 to 17 credits. The Sault Ste. Marie school might extend it to students from any country as a possible way to boost enrollment.

LSSU trustees have asked campus administrators to write a report on the financial impact.

Lake Superior State has more than 2,100 undergraduates with 88 percent coming from Michigan.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's education board is set to vote on guidance to schools on creating an inclusive environment for LGBT students.  

The guidelines are voluntary but have spurred criticism from conservative lawmakers, particularly over restroom and bathroom policies for transgender students.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the guidance Wednesday, after receiving more than 13,000 public comments.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies has been awarded nearly $300,000 by the National Science Foundation for a program to enhance the Native 

American presence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math—or STEM. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's public universities collectively have the sixth-highest in-state tuition rates in the country, averaging $11,991, according to a new report. 

The study issued Tuesday by the Michigan League for Public Policy — a Lansing-based advocacy group for the poor — links rising tuition and student debt to decreased state higher education funding and state financial aid.

It says Michigan has cut university funding by more than $262 million since 2003, a 30 percent drop after adjusting for inflation.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan students improved in slightly more than half of the grades and subjects tested on newer, more rigorous standardized assessments, but their proficiency declined in other areas.

M-STEP results released Tuesday show that fewer than half of the students were proficient in 17 of 18 subject-grade tests.

State officials say there's work to be done, but they're pleased testing times dropped and results are being released four months earlier than last year — the first time the M-STEP was given.

EAST LANSING, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula tribal colleges are recipients of funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture program. 

Bay Mills Community College and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College are both getting $143,000. KBOCC will use the money to make campus improvements, while Bay Mills will purchase early learning and business equipment.

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  ‘Northern Michigan University’ is offering subscription internet service to its students, including those studying away from the Marquette campus.  The university offers high-speed web connections through its ‘educational access network.’ The system replaces Northern’s former ‘wimax’ network, which is outdated. The new network uses long-term evolution technology, the latest standard for mobile phones and other devices.  University president Fritz Erickson says the network offers a solution to the shortage of broadband internet service in rural communities.

ESCANABA, MI--Bay College in Escanaba plans to create three new degree programs using Open Educational Resources.  

Joseph Mold is Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design at Bay.  He says OERs are non-copyrighted learning materials—from a whole textbook to a chapter, or an entire course to a video—that have a Creative Commons license, which means students can access them for free online or buy a hard copy for how much it cost to print it.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University students are hitting the books again as classes resume Monday.  

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fall Fest will welcome them back to school with free food, music, and giveaways.  It’s a way for Wildcats to connect with student organizations, volunteer agencies, and local businesses so they can get to know their community.

Fall Fest takes place on the University Center’s lawn. 

For more information about Fall Fest and other NMU topics of interest, go to www.nmu.edu.  

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering free materials to help teachers develop lessons on the state's animals and plants.

A new program called "Go Wild for Michigan's Wildlife" is designed for kindergarten through fifth grade. It offers lesson plans, posters and cards that introduce young children to wild animals.

"A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear" is for grades six through eight. Students can follow the bear's life cycle, biology and behavior and learn about how the DNR manages the state's bear population.

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