Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vic Divecha, eLearning specialist with the School of Public Health, coordinates classroom video and audio feeds to distance learners. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Photo Services)

Distance-learning program enables students to participate from around the world
More than two dozen students from as far away as Japan learn along with those seated in a School of Public Health classroom as part of a pioneering experiment in distance learning. The far-flung students are brought together with their colleagues in the classroom via a real-time, Internet-based, audio-video link.

Partnership with Macomb promotes criminal justice degree at UM-Dearborn
A partnership between UM-Dearborn and Macomb Community College will make it easier for students earning associate degrees in criminal justice at Macomb to seek a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies. Macomb students will be able to seamlessly transfer up to 62 credit hours to UM-Dearborn.

Couples spend golden years among the maize and blue
Two couples who chose to retire to Ann Arbor — the town where they spent their college years — are among a growing number of people spending their retirement in bigger cities or college towns rather than communities down south.

CLOSUP report points out weaknesses in Michigan Business Tax
The 1½-year-old Michigan Business Tax does not meet the three criteria of a good tax system: reliability, equity and efficiency. That is the finding of a new report from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, which analyzed the MBT and other tax options, and reviewed the public debate over the state’s business-taxation policy.

The Michigan Difference

A new way to build
A construction system that could help revive urban areas is being developed by Harry Giles, a professor in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a team of collaborators. MidMod is an adaptable, durable and energy efficient construction system ideally suited for mixed-use, urban neighborhoods. A prototype structure is expected to be placed on display this fall.