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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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Anthropology students at Western Michigan University say they fear for the future of their department, though administrators say they intend to maintain the program.

Students spoke Wednesday at a Board of Trustees meeting about what many of them see as a snowballing list of faculty departures, and said they’d heard rumors that the department would close. Graduate student and teaching assistant Deirdre Courtney says the situation has affected students’ morale.

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Urban agriculture can be done in many places, and by people of different ages and with different interests. That’s according to Kami Pothukuchi, a Wayne State University Professor and the director of SEED Wayne. 

An artist rendering of Montana State University's Explorer 1 CubeSat
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A group of Western Michigan University students and faculty are trying to send a satellite into space. WALI - the Western Aerospace Launch Initiative - is part of a NASA program that allows small satellites to tag along on NASA’s regular missions. The group is trying to raise the $100,000 it will take to build its satellite.

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Western Michigan University says it’s forming a committee in the hopes of better informing students about off-campus threats to their safety. Western faced criticism for not alerting students this weekend when it learned that a man was apparently shooting people at random as he drove around the community.