NMU board gets health sciences update

Michigan’s Public 15 universities don’t know yet how much state funding they’ll have for next school year, but with this school year essentially done, they have to prepare budgets.

Northern Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has authorized the school to continue at its current budget level, except for pay raises in employee contracts, until a new state budget is passed.

The board also took part in a focus discussion of NMU’s health sciences programs.

“I think it’s just a very, very, very exciting area of curriculum on our NMU campus,” NMU provost Dr. Paul Lang said. “This is an area where I expect a lot of students to be gravitating to in the future.”

Enrollment in these programs has increased by nearly 25% since 2004.

Dr. Lang is especially pleased that the school will soon offer a master’s degree in clinical sciences.

“It will also provide a great opportunity for students that are in other science programs on campus to move into a program that will teach them some very saleable skill sets that’ll allow them to work in hospitals and clinics in the future,” he said.

Housing and dining rates have been set for next year at just under $8,500, a 3.5% increase.

The board has also begun searching for a new president.

David Haynes took the job last May with the understanding that he would return to the NMU faculty after three years.