Western Michigan University is considering expanding some of its academic programs to Florida. On Tuesday the Board of Trustees approved a plan that would let Western seek a license from the Florida Department of Education.

Likely candidates for expansion include Western’s aviation and health programs, and the target area is southwest Florida in a region that includes Tampa Bay.

Western Michigan University

On Friday Western Michigan University held its annual academic convocation. It honored members of the faculty and staff with awards, and university president John Dunn delivered the annual State of the University address.

The following is the text of Dunn's speech.

"KALAMAZOO, MI - Western Michigan University will use a $24.2 million refund from nearly 20 years of overpaid pension fund contributions to help pay future retirement and health care costs increases." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)


Student enrollment at Western Michigan University is down slightly this fall compared with last year. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Police are working to identify suspects in an armed robbery on the campus of Western Michigan University." (Kalamazoo Gazette)