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At 50, Upward Bound still opens pathway to college

Paola Francisco, 16, right, Jennifer Feliz, 15, center, and Salma Bah, 16, work on a math problem as a group in an Upward Bound program, which serves as a pathway to college for students from low-income families, in New York. Seth Wenig / AP

Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus, Ohio, for a fateful interview. If it went well, perhaps he'd have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college. More

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. More

New U-M president admires Michigan sights

University of Michigan Mark Schlissel's captions also referenced a statue of civil rights activist Rosa Parks in Grand Rapids as being her home. But Parks, a Detroit resident, never visited that west Michigan community, according to published reports at the time of the statue's dedication. University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's new president has been in town for less than a month and has already ventured east to explore Detroit. But a few captions in his photo gallery were incorrect. More

Concrete pours into Michigan physics site

Local 25 Ironworker Steve Airola, of Lansing, readies for the next concrete pour at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

— The construction of a new national facility for nuclear science at Michigan State University is continuing with the addition of 140 truckloads of concrete. More

MSU gets anonymous $1 million gift for gay center

— An anonymous gift of $1 million will expand programs at Michigan State University's Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center. More

Charter schools more cost-effective in Michigan, 27 other states, study says

A report released Tuesday by the University of Arkansas says charter schools are more cost effective and have a higher return on investment than traditional public schools in 28 states, including Michigan. More

Michigan Department of Education plans hearing July 30 on future statewide test

— The Michigan Department of Education is holding a hearing next week for the public to comment on a new student assessment to be given to K-12 school students in the spring of 2016. More

Grand Rapids schools to send 90 layoff notices

Grand Rapids — The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is sending layoff notices to about 90 staffers as it projects losing another 400 students this fall. More

Grant helps launch nursing program for veterans

Flint — A $1 million federal grant to the University of Michigan-Flint will assist military veterans in earning an accelerated degree in nursing. More



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