Higher Education

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait

Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella outlined her strategy for the school’s future during the November Board of Trustees meeting with her Reach Higher Together imperatives.

Dr. Mantella has been seeking input from the entire Grand Valley community as she formulates a strategy for the university’s future. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students have been meeting in what have been called “Grand Huddles.” Meetings where opportunities and challenges are addressed. More than 2,200 ideas and comments have been expressed.

Dr. Philomena V. Mantella portrait

Grand Valley State University’s president-elect Dr. Philomena Mantella will attend tonight’s State of the Union Address as a guest of Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters. WGVU spoke with Dr. Mantella about Grand Valley’s role in the state’s workforce development and expectations for President Trump’s address.

“Well, this is a first for me. So, this will be exciting on a personal level.”

GVSU President Tom Haas
Courtesy photo / Grand Valley State University

During a recent Grand Rapids Rotary Club luncheon, Dr. Thomas Haas, Chair of Michigan’s 21st Century Education Commission and President of Grand Valley State University explained Michigan students are underperforming.

Haas spoke with WGVU about the report and the commission tasked with making recommendations for revamping the state’s education delivery system.

GVSU President Tom Haas
Courtesy photo / Grand Valley State University

It's Back to School Time and that means it’s time for our annual conversation with GVSU's President Thomas Haas.


Northern Michigan University plans to upgrade its campus in Marquette over the next five years as part of a $175 million capital improvement plan.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that the university wants to spend about $100 million to build modernized housing and dining facilities to replace the former married housing dorms.

The university also hopes to use about $20 million to build a business innovation center and a military and veterans education center.

Calvin College has received a $1 million gift for its science and nursing programs.

The Grand Rapids school says the estate of the late Dr. Bernard "Bernie" and Lorraine Goris Klamer made the gift that's to be split between the biology, chemistry and nursing departments.

The money will be used for scholarship endowments and research fellowships for all three departments and will support the nursing program's community nursing component.

Bernard Klamer, who died in 2014 at age 85, was a 1950 graduate of Calvin College.

His wife died in 1988 at the age of 59.

A report says Michigan needs 779,000 more residents with a post-secondary degree or certificate within 10 years to meet employer needs and join the ranks of best-educated states, a sizable increase from current levels.

Forty-six percent of citizens have degrees or certificates now.

The report issued Tuesday recommends 60 percent have a college degree, graduate degree or technical certificate by 2025.

The report comes from a workgroup of university leaders, business executives, lawmakers, Gov. Rick Snyder's office and others.

Talk highlights community role in tackling inequality

Jun 24, 2015
Western Michigan University

“Particularly in the field of education, they talk about achievement gaps. What we really should be talking about are opportunity gaps.” 

 Dr. Timothy Ready is the director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at Western Michigan University.  “It shows up in education outcomes, it shows up in economic outcomes, it shows up in all kinds of fields.”   Ready's discussion looked at local data for Kalamazoo and Kent Counties; both of which experience greater inequalities across racial and economic lines – both also heavier in their respective city cores.