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Edge Scholarships

EMU EDGE scholarship awards

Posted June 1, 2016

Holman Success Center announces this year's EDGE Scholarship recipients. Recipients post excellent academic results and fulfill all the EMU EDGE program requirements. This four-year scholarship award of $1,500 is renewable each year as long as students remain at EMU and stay in good academic standing.

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EMU partners with Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence to increase under-represented students in STEM fields

Posted February 8, 2016

EMU becomes part of a collaborative network of institutions aiming to increase student success and retention of under-represented minority students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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EMU College Coaches Program

Graduate students and recent graduates of EMU help middle and high school students prepare for college

Posted October 30, 2015

Local students participating in the EMU College Coaches Program and Advise MI are being supported as they work on transitioning from high school to college.

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New phone app that rewards student engagement and good study habits turns college into a fun and rewarding game at Eastern Michigan University

Posted October 8, 2015

The Eagle Rewards program is designed to encourage students to adopt habits to help them successfully navigate college by becoming involved in various ways.

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EMU awarded $1.8 million in U.S. Department of Education grants to benefit veterans and low-income, first-generation students

Posted August 31, 2015

Low-income, first-generation freshman students and student veterans at EMU will benefit under a pair of five-year grants totaling more than $1.8 million.  Programs will provide assistance in advising, academic support and access to campus resources, along with help regarding financial aid and veterans' benefits issues.

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Acting Out

Acting Out

Posted July 13, 2015

Acting O.U.T. is a summer immersive camp targeting youth ages 13-17. It runs from August 10-21, 2015 @ EMU Detroit. This camp will use drama/theatre to foster a culture of hope, opportunity and possibility for young people. Its intent is to provide a space and a platform where young people can express and explore worlds beyond their own world, including life after high school. Acting O.U.T. will use drama as a vehicle to introduce and engage in the idea of college by exploring pre-college requirements, college planning and goal setting.

Technology Camps

Technology Camps at EMU for teens

Technology camps offered at EMU during summer 2015 teach area youth how to take apart a computer and rebuild it, troubleshoot computer software and introduce them to coding and robotics. These camps are sponsored through EMU's Office of Academic Service-Learning.

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Bright Futures

Growing Mindsets, Growing Grit, and Growing Opportunity

On June 26th, 2015 EMU Bright Futures holds its Youth Development Summit in which experts discuss research on grit, mindset, and positive youth development as well as best practices to promote student learning and the development of youth voice and agency.

Bright Futures is committed to excellence in youth development and provides daily homework help, targeted academic assistance, mentoring and service-learning opportunities for at-risk youth. In addition, students select from a rotating menu of clubs and activities which integrate and promote academic skills and personal development. Currently there are 20 programs located in schools in the Romulus, Wayne Westland, and Ypsilanti School Districts.

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EMU administrators visit White House to discuss University's initiative to help men of color flourish in college and graduate

Posted June 17, 2015

Representatives from EMU visit the White House to present details of the University's Students of Color Degree Completion and Retention Plan as part of President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) program. President Obama describes the program as, "Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works - when it works, in those critical, life-changing moments."

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No Limits

How can college move you into a career?

Posted June 12, 2015

Hundreds of area high school students hear from recent Eastern Michigan University alumni in inaugural "No Limits" conference at EMU Student Center. The conference offers a distinct approach to introducing high school students to college by having recent undergraduate alumni lead sessions/workshops in their fields.

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Strategic Plan

EMU Strategic Plan

Posted May 11, 2015

"We are an institution of opportunity where students learn in and beyond the classroom to benefit the local and global communities." Explore the strategic themes of Student Engagement and Success, High Performing Academic Programs and Quality Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Service and Engagement in this presentation to Faculty Senate (04/01/2015).

Strategic Plan


Gen Ed

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Posted May 11, 2015

The General Education Office asked students to submit essays sharing their Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) experiences. Essay contest winners were showcased in a poster display at EMU's Undergraduate Symposium on March 27, 2015.

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B. Side

The B. Side

Posted January 26, 2015

The Business Side of Youth is a community outreach program created to foster a culture of youth-driven entrepreneurship. The B.Side hosts classes and workshops for youth and teacher training in entrepreneurship and business plan development.

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Academic Service Learning

Office of Academic Service-Learning

Posted January 13, 2015

The Office of Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) is one of the Universities most prominent and prolific areas for University and Community programming. Its core mission is to train faculty in integrating service-learning or community into courses and curriculum. Learn about the programs, seminars and workshops and initiatives and resources it provides.


Diverse classroom

Benchmarking survey confirms EMU's commitment to diversity

Posted January 2, 2015

EMU participated in Educational Benchmarking Inc.'s (EBI) Student Campus Climate Survey for the first time in Fall 2013. Key findings included that EMU has exposed respondents to a diverse student population, enabling them to interact with students who are different from them and helped them develop a sense of justice, fairness and advocacy for others. Since this was our first administration of the survey, the scores will be used as a baseline against which strategies for improvement can be developed over time.


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Home for the holidays, in a dorm room

Posted January 2, 2015

NPR's State of Opportunity features EMU's Mentorship Access Guidance in College (MAGIC) program in a piece focusing on the University's commitment to providing free housing over winter break to students in need.

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Professional Development

Professional development aimed at increasing staff knowledge of student services

Posted December 1, 2014

A professional development series aimed at increasing staff knowledge of student services has been offered on campus throughout the fall 2014 semester.



EMU ranks in top ten Most Flexible Colleges of 2014

Posted December 1, 2014 has sifted through data from more than 7,700 schools to identify the the top colleges for student seeking flexibility and providing a variety of learning opportunities and support services. EMU ranks number 5 on the list and the Holman Success Center is singled out for special mention.


EMU receives $2 million federal grant to implement innovative program to educate students in STEM disciplines

Posted December 1, 2014

Eastern Michigan University has received a federal grant of nearly $2 million to strengthen its efforts in educating its students in STEM disciplines, with a special emphasis on bringing women and minorities into those fields.

The five year grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Title III Program, involves broadening and institutionalizing the Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience, a program developed by the University and funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Retention and graduation plan

Retention and graduation plan will help students finish strong, earn degree

Posted December 1, 2014

Eastern Michigan University, under the leadership of the Office of the Provost, has developed a comprehensive plan designed to enhance its student retention and graduation rates. The plan was completed after campus discussions and faculty input over the course of the last academic year.

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Students of Color

Students of Color Initiative and the College of Education Morris Endowed Chair

Posted December 1, 2014

Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson (Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison) will serve as the College of Education’s 2014-2015 Michael Morris Endowed Chair. From January 2015 through October 2015, Dr. Jackson and colleagues Dr. Raul Leon (EMU’s Leadership and Counseling Department) and Dr. LaVar J. Charleton (Asst. Director and Senior Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory) will engage the College of Education and EMU communities in discussions and research regarding the success of Black/African American male students in higher education -- with a particular focus on EMU's Black/African American student population. Their project is titled, Enhancing Institutional Capacity: Transforming EMU into a Thought Leading Center. These efforts dovetail well with EMU’s own Degree Completion and Retention Plan and the Students of Color Initiative. Dr. Jackson and his colleagues have created a considerable body of knowledge about the retention and success of Black/African American male students in higher education.

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