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Michigan Universities Reach Out to Growing Latino Population
by Michelle Adam
According to the U.S. Census, the Latino population in the Midwest grew by 49 percent in the decade, 2000-10. The actual numbers are even more significant when compared to the Midwest Latino population in 1980, which stood at 1.2 million and by 2010, had climbed to 4.6 million, while the white population declined during the same time period. The Latino numbers have continued to increase in the past years, especially in Michigan, the Midwestern state with the second highest number of Latinos. Here, the 2010 Census counted 112,000 more Hispanics than 10 years prior, a 34 percent increase. click here

MOOCs Are All the Rage
by Frank DiMaria
Originally termed by Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island, MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, make lecture videos and interactive course work available on the Internet, allowing students with varying lifestyles and learning styles access to a variety of college courses without setting foot on campus, and for a fraction of the price – sometimes they’re free. click here

College Completion Rates Stable But Pathways Are More Diverse
by Angela Provitera McGlynn
In its second annual college completions Signature report, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) found similar results to the 2012 completions reports in terms of overall results. More than half of first-time degree-seeking students who enrolled in fall 2007, 56.1 percent to be precise, completed a bachelor’s degree within a six-year period. This includes 13.1 percent who completed their degree at an institution other than the one where they started. Looking at data based on exclusively full-time students, the completion rate was 78 percent, with 67 percent graduating from their starting institution and 11 percent graduating from an institution other than the one from which they began their studies. click here

Master’s- to- PhD Bridge Program Increasing Minority Doctoral Students in Sciences
by Gary M. Stern
Two universities based in Nashville, Tenn., one a well-established, historically black liberal arts college and the other a well-respected liberal arts college, are collaborating on a program to encourage more minority doctoral students in the sciences. Vanderbilt University joined with Fisk University to launch the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s- to- PhD Bridge Program in 2004. It encourages more minority students to earn doctorates in physics, biology, biomedical sciences, astronomy and materials science.

Niagara University: Advancing Hispanics in the Hospitality Industry
by Jeff Simmons
As the front desk manager of Times Square’s Marriott Marquis on Broadway, Kelvin Ruiz has encountered people from all walks of life, visiting New York City for the first time, soaking up the city’s electricity.

Spain’s Gilded Age On Display at SMU’s Meadows Museum
by Rosie Carbo
At a recent Sotheby’s auction of 19th century European art, “Buscando Mariscos; Playa de Valencia,” by Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, sold for more than $4 million. The sale set a record for a Sorolla at auction in America. This was the third highest price ever paid for a Sorolla, which soared above its estimated price of $1.5 million.

by Gustavo A. Mellander
A few years ago we were bombarded with dire predictions that since the nation had fallen behind in producing scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, dubbed STEM, we were spirally downward as a world power. Much of academia and the business world were scared. Scared enough to take action, which meant going to Washington.

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