GRCC In the News, 9-29-17

Michigan’s student loan default rate on the rise

Sept. 28, 2017; MLive

The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student debt has climbed in Michigan, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education, reversing two straight years of declines.

… At Grand Rapids Community College, for instance, the default rate was 21.5 percent. The default rate was 18.7 percent at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, while Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills had a 20.9 percent default rate.

New faculty join campus

Sept. 26, 2017; Communique (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs publication)

More than 50 new faculty members joined UCCS this fall.  Today, meet 22 instructors from the College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College Letters, Arts and Sciences and Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

… Edgar Diaz Herrera, instructor, Mathematics Department, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Herrera was previously a part time instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a researcher for National Institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree from National University of Mexico, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University.

Business Cafe session focuses on My Degree Path

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Assistant Professor Erin Busscher will discuss My Degree Path at 4:30 p.m. October 2 in room 201 of Cook.

IIPD Grant Applications are due on October 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 11, 2017. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found at this website: IIPD Application and Guidelines. Please note that applications must include Dean’s and Department Head Approval forms, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!