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After affirmative action ruling, colleges look at ways to increase diversity

Although U-M was not a party to the case the justices decided Tuesday, it was ground zero in the legal challenge to Michigan's voter-approved constitutional amendment against affirmative action. Minority enrollment at the school has dropped since the ban was enacted in 2006. David Coates / The Detroit News

Regrouping after the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in public school admissions, diversity advocates are pushing universities to consider other ways to boost minority enrollment. More

Gov candidate Schauer tours W. Bloomfield school, touts more education funding

West Bloomfield High School biology teacher Kelli Tyranski, right, shows the organs of a rat to Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

— Continuing his challenge to Gov. Rick Snyder's education record, Democrat Mark Schauer visited West Bloomfield High School on Wednesday, pushing his message that the state should make schools its top budget priority. More

Michigan's college admissions fight far from over

Tuesday's decision reversed an 8-7 ruling from the U.S. 6th Circuit in 2013 that had overturned Michigan's 2006 state constitutional amendment. The measure had been approved by 58 percent of the state's voters. David Coates / The Detroit News

As the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's affirmative action ban Tuesday, the University of Michigan's incoming president pledged to make campus diversity a priority. And affirmative action supporters vowed to keep pressing for higher minority enrollment. More

Affirmative action ruling may push more state votes to limit race considerations

Affirmative action is a matter of public choice and Michigan has made its decision — that's how one legal expert is interpreting Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the state's ban on considering race in college admissions. More

Court upholds right to ban race in college admissions

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who defended the affirmative action ban, Tuesday afternoon called the high court's decision as 'a victory for the constitution … and the citizens of Michigan' who voted in 2006 to outlaw race-based university admissions and government hiring. Dale G. Young

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that voters can ban the use of race in college admissions is a setback for affirmative action, and showcases divisions among the justices regarding racial inequality in America. More

Activists to ask U-M to drop 'discriminatory' ACT, SAT scores from admissions

Jose Alvarenga, national organizer of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), and other BAMN members protest the Supreme Court's decision Tuesday on the University of Michigan campus. David Coates / The Detroit News

Despite Tuesday's setback at the U.S. Supreme Court, affirmative action supporters are vowing to continue the fight to boost minority enrollment at the state's most prestigious university. More

University of Michigan students split on racial preferences ruling

U-M student Corey Smith said the Supreme Court's ruling is a mistake that will only hurt minorities down the line. David Coates / The Detroit News

— Reflecting deep divisions over a contentious campus issue, students at the University of Michigan expressed mixed views today on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the state's ban on affirmative action in college admissions. More

Ferris State provost named president of Northern Michigan University

Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Ferris State University, has been named president of Northern Michigan University. More

International Academy tops Mich. schools in magazine's ranking

Four Metro Detroit high schools made the 2014 Best High Schools list released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. The International Academy, with campuses in Oakland and Macomb counties, ranked ninth in the nation and first in Michigan. More

Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

Washington — Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. More

MSU board sets room rates, names band facility

East Lansing — The Board of Trustees at Michigan State University has voted to raise room-and-board rates for its dorms by 3.95 percent next academic year. More

U-M to move big tree for building project

Ann Arbor — Plans for a $135 million addition to the University of Michigan's business school include moving a 65-foot-tall tree that's thought to be more than 200 years old. More

Fritz Erickson named Northern Michigan University president

Marquette — Fritz Erickson has been named president of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. More

Michigan school districts get leeway in making up snow days

Lansing — Michigan is giving school districts more flexibility in making up for snow days this academic year. More

More Michigan dads volunteer to help at school

Chris Lattin puts his arm around daughter Abby, 6, as they play the word game 'sparkle' in her first-grade class at Oakland Elementary School in Royal Oak. Lattin volunteers at least twice a month. Photos by Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Moms still lead school volunteer efforts, but dads increasingly are becoming more involved with groups like the WATCH D.O.G.S. and the Parent Teachers Association. More

Security stepped up at Farmington High after bomb threat

Farmington — After receiving a bomb threat early Monday morning, authorities plan to station police at Farmington High School Monday afternoon as class is dismissed, said Farmington Public Safety Department Director Robert Schulz. More

Saginaw County school district $6.6M in debt after shutdown

Buena Vista Township — Residents of a Michigan community where a school district closed are on the hook for its $6.6 million in debt. More

Student accepts debate challenge from affirmative action foe on U-M admissions policy

Gratz, left, and Kimbrough

The woman who successfully challenged the University of Michigan's admissions practices is seeking to debate a Detroit high school student who is protesting her denial into the school. More

Fired professor's suit alleges Wayne State defrauded U.S. of $169M

A former Wayne State University assistantprofessor is suing the university and the university physician group, alleging they fraudulently submitted inflated research grant proposals for reimbursement by the U.S. government. More

University of Michigan names new chancellor for Flint campus

The University of Michigan named Susan Borrego as new chancellor for its Flint campus during today's Board of Regents meeting. More

Detroit recovery to be subject of Wayne State course

Detroit — The ongoing efforts to turn around bankrupt Detroit will be the subject of a course starting this spring at Wayne State University. More

Michigan State grads to hear India IT entrepreneur

East Lansing — Michigan State University says that Indian information technology pioneer Azim Premji will speak at the school's undergraduate commencement May 2. More

Nonprofit to fix up Detroit's Cody High, surrounding neighborhood

'We can't thank Life Remodeled enough for their commitment and generosity, and urge anyone interested in helping Detroit Public Schools to join with us in this effort,' DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin said. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

Detroit — Need and hope are two reasons Cody High School was chosen for a radical makeover this summer that will extend into student homes and the city's northwest neighborhoods. More

Michigan community colleges add 4-year degrees into mix

Shawn Loving, center, Culinary Arts Department chair at Schoolcraft College, teaches a class of advanced students. Schoolcraft College and Henry Ford Community College are planning to offer a bachelor's degree in culinary arts in fall 2015. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

Advocates say it's a major step in higher education to increase options for students, but add they are still lobbying lawmakers to allow community colleges to grant nursing degrees. That provision was dropped from the bill before it became law. More

SAT to adopt real-world questions

Washington — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. More

Smoke at Belleville middle school causes brief alarm

Belleville — A malfunctioning blower motor that released smoke in a heating duct was a brief cause for alarm Tuesday at the Owen Intermediate Middle School. More

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