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(MPRN-Lansing) The University of Michigan Board of Regents, and other public university boards, are allowed to meet behind closed doors as long as they’re not taking formal votes, according to a decision just handed down by the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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Western Michigan University invests very little of its money in fossil fuel companies. That’s the finding of a panel that has studied the environmental impact of the university’s investments.

The committee's report was one of several items the Board of Trustees considered on Thursday.

The panel says that while the university owns no stock in fossil fuel companies, a small amount of the cash the university puts in investment funds does go to unsustainable energy. But faculty member Tom Edmonds, who serves on the panel, says it found the amount was less than one percent of Western’s operating cash.

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Continuous improvement is the goal of a five-year “road map” approved by Western Michigan University’s trustees on Wednesday. The plan covers points from bolstering Western’s doctoral programs to keeping the public posted on the university’s progress on sustainability.

It’s an update to a long-term strategy the university laid out several years ago.Western says the new version makes it easier to measure progress on its goals, as it includes objectives the university can use as yardsticks.

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Western Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has shuffled its top leadership posts. Members elected Trustee Kenneth Miller as the Board's 2016 chair on Thursday at the trustees' first meeting of the year. Miller previously served as vice chair.

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Western Michigan University President John Dunn says different religious beliefs should be respected. Dunn sent a campus-wide e-mail this week to respond to what he called the “current political climate in our nation.” He says Western has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. 


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