higher education

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)


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. 

Eastern Michigan President Susan Martin announced Tuesday that she will leave her post as head of the university, effective on the seven-year anniversary of her hiring, July 7, 2015. Her announcement came during a scheduled strategic planning meeting at the student center in front of about 75 faculty and staff members. (MLive)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo College will not require ACT or SAT standardized test scores for admission starting with fall 2016 admission. K-College joins more than 800 colleges and universities in the country that admit students without regard to test scores. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Dennis Bona soon will learn if he has a new job. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees is set to pick a new president for Northland Community and Technical College during its meeting Wednesday afternoon. Bona, president of Kellogg Community College, was one of three semifinalists named last month for the job in Minnesota. (Battle Creek Enquirer)