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EMU’s ECA ranked sixth in the state

The Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University is ranked sixth in the state for Michigan Merit Exam reading and mathematics scores, according to the web site Last year the ECA was ranked 41 out of more than 800 Michigan high schools.

“This is an impressive showing, given that nearly 25 percent of our students are eligible for free and reduced lunch, approximately 40 percent are first-time college students and more than 45 percent of the ECA students come from persistently low achieving school districts,” said David Dugger, executive director of Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium.

*Spend an evening with Bob Lutz *

Author, professional consultant and automotive veteran Bob Lutz will be speaking at EMU at a dinner in the Student Center Ballroom on June 4. The cost is $50 per person. A question and answer period will follow the speech.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

EMU’s Children’s Institute wins grant for summer Great Start Readiness program

A $53,940.00 grant by the Michigan Department of Education will fund a summer Great Start Readiness program at EMU in June.

The program is normally available during the school year, but the new summer program is a nine-week preschool program. 16 children will be admitted to the four day-a-week summer session, which will run from June 16 to August 15. The program’s fee is income based and can be free for qualifying families.

“This is the first time that a summer GRSP program will be offered at our Institute,” said Chris Finch, director of the Children’s Institute. “The program will help children prepare for school and provide experiences that will help them develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills and a love of learning.”

Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate Open House June 7

Eastern Michigan University’s graduate programs will be on display during its Graduate Open House, Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The free event will be in the Student Center Ballroom.

It will host a variety of disciplines, and prospective graduate students can:

• Speak to college representatives and receive general information about the programs.
• Learn about graduate assistantships and doctoral fellowships.
• Meet faculty members from several doctoral and cohort programs.
• Apply for admission. The application fee will be waived for the first graduate program students apply to.
• Register to win three free tuition credits. Three winners will each receive this $1,500 award.

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