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Leaders at Western Michigan University say they think the school can do more to help students stymied by a class to resolve their issues, stay in college and ultimately graduate.

On Wednesday the College of Arts and Sciences told Western's Board of Trustees it has a plan for improving retention rates in the kinds of “gateway” classes students must take to move on to another course. In particular, certain math and science classes see many students leave.


There are nine productions in the new season of theater at Western Michigan University: everything from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the musical The Wiz. Behind the scenes, faculty and students are prepping everything from scripts, to sets, to advertising, as they launch a non-stop year of drama, comedy, musicals, and more. 

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Western Michigan University unveils its newest student cafeteria Thursday, September 1.

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When a young child is diagnosed with autism, Western Michigan University doctoral student Thom Ratkos says “There’s really no telling what the trajectory is.” 

Family & Children Services

Sherry Thomas-Cloud, head of Kalamazoo's Douglass Community Association, is the new chief executive officer of the area Family & Children Services, the regional human services organization announced today. Her first day is Oct. 3. She takes over from Rosemary Gardiner, who is retiring after 44 years with the agency, the last eight in the top spot.