FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 7, 2003
Contact: Ward Mullens
Eastern Michigan University to offer degree programs in Brighton
YPSILANTI Eastern Michigan University will open an off-campus
location in Brighton this fall, becoming the first four-year public institution
to offer full degree programs completely within Livingston County.
The University has signed a five-year lease with RBS Companies Inc. to open
EMU-Brighton, an 8,328 square foot facility in the Genoa Business Park on Grand
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring a number of excellent
academic programs into Livingston County," said Dr. Paul Schollaert, provost
and vice president for academic affairs at EMU. "Eastern Michigan has long
served the students and teachers of the county and we look forward to providing
a broad set of offerings that meet other community needs."
EMU-Brighton, scheduled to open August 2003, will initially offer graduate
programs from the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services,
and undergraduate programs from the College of Technology, according to Dawn
Malone, assistant dean of Continuing Education.
"Livingston County is the fastest growing area in the state," said
Dr. David Clifford, interim associate vice president of extended programs at
EMU. "Continuing Education will coordinate operations and programming for
EMU-Brighton. The need and demand for educational opportunities close to home
are clear. We are excited to be the first four-year public university to open
a regional center there."
The lease for EMU-Brighton will cost $150,000 during its first year, funded from tuition revenue. Continuing Education is a self-funded unit of the University and does not receive general fund allocations. Last year, Continuing Education generated 10 percent (56,000 credit hours) of the University's total credit hours. More than 11,000 students took both credit and non-credit courses offered by Continuing Education during 2002. Continuing Education offered more than 1,500 courses through off-campus sites, on-line and EMU's Weekend University.
In addition to the new Brighton location, Continuing Education offers courses
in Flint, Jackson, Monroe and Traverse City; and maintains sites in Livonia
Eastern Michigan University (www.emich.edu) is a public comprehensive, metropolitan
university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares
students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in
their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.