News from other Michigan public universities and U-M peer institutions across the nation.

STATE UNIVERSITIES

Eastern Michigan University approves new guidelines for in-state tuition

Students who have attended a Michigan high school for at least three years and have graduated qualify for in-state tuition at Eastern Michigan University under new guidelines approved by the Board of Regents. EMU now offers four ways to attain in-state tuition: residence in Michigan; attendance in Michigan high schools; service in the U.S. military; and through a tuition differential award, in which children of out-of-state alumni pay in-state rates.

Donor group benefits Lake Superior State University fundraising

An anonymous donor group is aiding the Lake Superior State University Foundation’s fundraising to renovate a South Hall classroom building by pledging to match donations made by April 1. The establishment of this challenge grant by a donor is the largest ever for the university. The South Hall Opportunity $3 million capital campaign will help modernize one of LSSU’s historic buildings to house the new Lukenda School of Business.

Wayne State University announces school without walls initiative

A group of more than 100 Detroit-area high school students are learning to navigate the college experience thanks to a partnership between Wayne State University’s College of Education and the Ferndale Public Schools’ University High School. It gives students from traditionally underrepresented populations the opportunity to gain exposure to higher education through an on-campus experience during their senior year. Students will take traditional high school courses at Wayne State. They will be taught by their teachers in the morning and, in the afternoon, will attend dual enrollment courses taught by WSU faculty.

Western Michigan University establishes tobacco-free campus

The board of trustees at Western Michigan University on Dec. 5 approved a campus tobacco ban. The policy applies to all members of the campus community as well as campus visitors, vendors, contract employees and others. It will be in effect on all university-owned property, including at regional locations. The sole exception to the policy will be that tobacco use will be permitted within enclosed personal vehicles.

PEER INSTITUTIONS

University of Minnesota to endow distinguished scholar fund

The law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. has made a $500,000 gift commitment to the University of Minnesota Law School. The gift will be used to create and endow the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Distinguished Scholar Fund, which will strengthen the law school’s ability to recruit, support, and retain outstanding faculty members.

University of Iowa construction on record pace

Construction is in full swing at the University of Iowa at a pace and scale unprecedented in the school’s 166-year history. UI Facilities Management is currently tracking 149 capital construction, demolition and repair projects that cost at least $100,000. They range from the building of a new performance venue to projects connected to the 2008 flood recovery, including the new Art Building. Projects whose combined costs total nearly $1 billion are somewhere in the pipeline, either being prepared for bid, already bid and not yet started, or underway.

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