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The Chief Operating Officer of the United Way for the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region says a public-private partnership is a long-term effort to improve education. Chris Sargent says United4Change will require constant evaluation, making changes to the program and employing best practices. 


GRAND RAPIDS, MI - In an effort to cut costs, Calvin College is offering buyouts for up to seven faculty in its music, history and art departments. The Christian liberal arts college is working to cut annual expenses by $4.5 million by June 30, 2017, and the buyouts are needed to align faculty levels in each department with desired staffing goals, said college spokesman Matt Kucinski. (MLive)

A Republican lawmaker hopes stripping one word from the Michigan Constitution will help bring more transparency to the state's public universities. The bill, House Resolution O, would remove the word "formal" from a section in the constitution detailing which public university board meetings have to be open to the public. The bill would have to have a two-thirds vote approving it from both the state House and Senate, then head to the public for a vote. (Detroit Free Press)

When Mark ten Haaf graduated from high school, he began working with his father in construction. He was good at it, and made good money. That's why it wasn't easy to convince himself to go to college. But he finally enrolled when he was 27, and Saturday, he donned a cap and gown during commencement exercises at Grand Valley State University. It took him six years to earn a degree in classics, which began at a community college and included many sacrifices made by his wife and three children. (Detroit News)

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the spokesperson for Save Old Colony Farm Orchard. His name is Douglas Keto, not Steve Keto

Western Michigan University President John Dunn says the Mid-American Conference has taken a strong stand by refusing to hold future events in Indiana following that state's approval of a new "religious freedom" law. 


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