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Kalamazoo Schools Superintendent Michael Rice says the Kalamazoo Promise helped boost enrollment. But he says other programs have helped drive up the graduation rate. Rice says the increase in graduation has outpaced the rate of growth in enrollment. 

Two Kalamazoo schools started their academic year in July. Rice says he believes a different school calendar is likely the way of the future. He says both schools have the same number of days and hours of instruction, but don’t have the long summer break in the traditional school calendar. But Rice says any large scale change is still many years away.


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Since the Kalamazoo Promise was unveiled in 2005, several communities across the county have launched their own college scholarship programs. But they vary in how they are designed, and that leads to different educational and economic benefits.

Researchers at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo examined the effects of "Promise" scholarship programs on prosperity in the communities where they are launched. Upjohn Institute Senior Researcher Michelle Miller-Adams and Research Fellow Ed Smith joined WMUK’s Gordon Evans for an interview that originally aired in November.


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Western Michigan University Management Professor Tim Palmer says students from WMU’s Haworth College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services come at social corporate responsibility from different viewpoints. And he says “amazing conversations come out of that.”


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As families gather for Thanksgiving to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, and maybe football, we present a rebroadcast of our segment on a movie about the integration of college football in the 1960’s. 


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A new policy paper from the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research examines the types of communities that can benefit from Promise college scholarship programs. It also researches the structure of programs with the most benefit.


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