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WCC Launching Honors Program

Mar 26, 2014
wccnet.edu

Starting this fall Washtenaw Community College will have an honors program.

Bill Abernathy is the Interim Vice President of Instruction at Washtenaw Community College.  He believes the program will prepare students well for rigorous upper level university courses.

"The courses themselves are going to be more intensive," Abernathy said. "They're writing-intensive, they have critical thinking components built in, more so than most classes."

Courtesy photo / EMU Student Government

Eastern Michigan University's Student Government wants undocumented students living in Michigan to qualify for in-state tuition rates. 

Under the current system they must pay out-of-state rates that cost $15,500 more per year.

EMU Student Body President Desmond Miller says that's not fair.

The University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College have already changed their policies to allow qualified undocumented students to pay in-state rates. 

EMU's Board of Regents plans to discuss loosening the qualifications for in-state tuition at tomorrow's meeting.

WCC Hosts House Subcommittee Hearing

May 20, 2013
Bob Eccles

Washtenaw Community College hosted a hearing of the Michigan House Community College Subcommittee on Appropriations Monday afternoon.


WCC President Rose Bellanca told the subcommittee that it would be helpful if the state would help community colleges pay for developmental programs for students who aren't quite ready for college. 

She also thanked the panel for a proposed two-and-a-half percent increase in funding for community colleges.

WCC Goes Textbook-Free In Pilot Program

May 7, 2013
wccnet.edu

Washtenaw Community College is the first community college in Michigan to put a textbook-free learning program in place. 

The Kaleidoscope Project uses open educational resources - basically online textbooks - to help make higher education more affordable. 

Linda Blakey is WCC's Vice-President of Student and Academic Services.  She says the fall semester will be WCC's first time participating in the program, but the Kaleidoscope Project is in its second year.

This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines Washtenaw Community College's efforts to reduce, recycle, and now, compost.  Our guest is WCC's Facilities Maintenance Manager, Barry Wilkens.

Washtenaw Community College students who act quickly enough won't have to pay more for classes next fall.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The President of Washtenaw Community College and school's faculty agree that better communication is needed at the school, but how to achieve that remains a question.  Faculty members spoke out at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting in the wake of the dismissal of Vice-President for Instruction, Stuart Blacklaw.  

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