MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has been honored for its commitment to student veterans. 

The university was recognized for helping student veterans transition from the military to college life through the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.  It places veteran resources representatives, or VRRs, on campuses throughout the state through a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan College Access Network. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Nearly two-thirds of students who enroll in Michigan universities earn a degree within six years, according to a state report. 

Just 36 percent graduate within four years.

The success rate for students at community colleges is lower. About 35 percent earn a two-year degree or a transfer to a four-year institution within six years of enrollment.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has adjusted next year’s tuition rates to comply with caps the state has set in its university appropriation guidelines.

Tuition will increase by an average of 4.2 percent for in-state undergraduates studying in the Houghton school’s most common academic programs.  Officials say the adjustment will maintain a balanced budget.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new report says Michigan lags the rest of the nation in math and reading proficiency for young children. 

The report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 71 percent of Michigan fourth-graders aren't proficient in reading and 71 percent of eight-graders aren't proficient in math. More than half of young children aren't in preschool.

The Baltimore-based foundation uses those measures to rank Michigan 40th in the nation for childhood education.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has restructured its flat-rate tuition program. 

LSSU cuts jobs

Jun 13, 2016

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Lake Superior State University has cut five positions from its employee roster. 

Officials say the June 8th action is the result of a $2 million structural deficit and trying to make the 

university more efficient.  LSSU President Tom Pleger gave an in-depth update to campus at an all-employee meeting May 12th. Employees had two weeks to share ideas with university leadership before decisions were finalized. 

The reductions affected both union and non-union positions. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University bookstore is going through some big changes. 

The store is transitioning to a Barnes & Noble, to be managed by Barnes & Noble College.  The company operates 748 campus stores nationwide.

NMU officials say the new bookstore will offer an in-store and online rental textbook program and a large selection of used, new, and digital textbooks.  It will also provide faculty with a streamlined textbook adoption platform.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's 28 community colleges will receive smaller funding increases than anticipated. 

Their funding is going up 1.4 percent overall, or $4.4 million, in the state budget that will take effect in October.

A conference committee approved the $396 million community colleges budget Thursday. It is the first of 18 individual pieces of the budget to be hashed out since key lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder's administration reached a framework agreement after tax revenue projections were revised downward and anticipated Medicaid costs were adjusted upward.

ESCANABA, MI--   Bay College’s M-TEC Center is offering a workshop for residents who are interested in implementing alternative energy strategies in their homes.  

The Alternative Energy Workshop will feature a presentation by Steve Waller, who has lived in an off-grid solar- and wind-powered home in Marquette County since 2000.  A panel of area alternative power users will discuss different energy forms, and attendees will be able to tour four Bark River installations.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A new partnership means that the University of Michigan-Flint's early childhood 

education programs will be offered to more Flint families amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water. 

The university and the Flint Community Schools district says the Great Expectations Early Childhood Program at Holmes STEM Academy will offer the same teaching methods used at the university's on-campus Early Childhood Development Center.

Lead can cause developmental delays, learning disabilities and health problems in children.