January 2023 - Wayne State University
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Wayne State approves block tuition model, seeks to continue student success momentum, save students money

Wayne State approves block tuition model, seeks to continue student success momentum, save students money

Over the last decade, Wayne State has been a national leader in increasing student success, with graduation rates more than doubling and now exceeding 60%. To continue this momentum, boost four- and six-year graduation rates, and save students money, the university’s Board of Governors has approved adoption of an undergraduate block tuition pricing model effective for fall 2023. Under the new pricing structure, undergraduate students will pay the same amount of money whether they enroll in between 12 and 18 credits during any one semester, incentivizing them to take full course loads and allowing them to graduate sooner.

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Wayne State University makes headlines, contributes expertise to news  

The 2022 news cycle was dominated by stories related to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — from the omicron variant and vaccine boosters to ongoing supply chain disruptions and inflation — and the gradual return to normalcy and social gatherings. On campus, headlines were happier as the Wayne State community navigated a hybrid environment and celebrated a return to many university traditions, while graduation rates continued to soar through continued student success initiatives. WSU welcomed new leadership and looked ahead with its next strategic plan.  

Warrior Way Back program helps Oles earn degree, set example for children  

A lot has changed since Jennifer Oles first stepped on Wayne State’s campus in 2002. One of the biggest changes? Anything less than an A is no longer acceptable. That’s because Oles is now a mother to four children who monitor her grades and won’t accept anything less. “It’s actually scary because in the past, I could get a B and my parents didn’t really care; they let me do my own thing,” Oles said. “But now, my children are checking my grades on a daily basis. So, when they see an A-minus, it’s like, ‘Mom, you need 100%.’ They are checking on me like I check on them. It’s a challenge as a mom to set a good example.”

WSU student Denise Ford, 69, named 2022 Detroit Lions Fan of the Year, fosters fun and community through love of team  

Denise Ford admits that she doesn’t know the name of every player on the current Detroit Lions roster. She’s never held season tickets. As far as Ford is concerned, no one roots harder, cheers more sincerely or lives more passionately for her city’s pro football franchise than she does. In her mind, she’s the team’s No. 1 fan.  

Nearly two decades after leaving prison a free man, WSU staffer Terrell Topps now goes back weekly to steer others from incarceration to higher education  

When Terrell Topps walked out of Michigan’s Deerfield Correctional Center a free man 18 years ago, he vowed he’d never go back to prison. These days, however, Topps finds himself inside a prison nearly once a week. As one of the people helming Wayne State’s Educational Transition Coordination (ETC) program, Topps uses his past experiences behind bars as well as his education — which includes a master’s in social work from Wayne State — to help currently incarcerated men and women enroll in college upon their release.

Wayne State University receives $6 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to increase Black Studies faculty and establish the Detroit Center for Black Studies  

The Mellon Foundation awarded a $6 million grant to Wayne State University to launch a cluster hire program that will recruit and hire 30 new humanities faculty and create the Detroit Center for Black Studies. The grant advances Wayne State’s work to build a more inclusive and equitable university by prioritizing faculty and research centered on the Black experience.

December 2022 graduates share commencement stories

December 2022 graduates share commencement stories

Today@Wayne year in review

Today@Wayne year in review

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Jan. 24: Tax season: What you need to know


Jan. 25: WinterFest


Jan. 25: The SHOP at TechTown


Feb. 3: Planetarium show for WSU students, faculty and staff


Feb. 6: Priority registration for spring/summer begins


Feb. 8: Delving into The Plum Tree: A book conversation with President Wilson


Feb. 10: Degree applications due


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The Detroit News: Wayne State set to restore gem by famed architect

Detroit Free Press: Detroit businesswoman Gretchen Carhartt Valade leaves behind a symphony of accomplishments

The Conversation: Meditation and mindfulness offer an abundance of health benefits and may be as effective as medication for treating certain conditions

WDET: Wayne State University to open Detroit Center for Black Studies

Michigan Chronicle: DEI commitment outlook at Wayne State University

WXYZ: Not to gasconade, but here’s the 2023 list of words the Wayne State Word Warriors want to revive

Newswise: Wayne State receives $1.7 million NIH award to understand and address ototoxic side effects of anti-cancer drug

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Wayne State University receives $6 million grant for humanities faculty cluster hire and Black Studies Center

The Conversation: Better sleep for kids starts with better sleep for parents

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The Conversation: Worker strikes and union elections surged in 2022 – could it mark a turning point for organized labor?

2022 year in review

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