Covenant House aims to help Michigan’s homeless youth

We explore the problems of homeless youth with the stories of two of them, one from Muskegon and other from Detroit. They found help from Covenant House in Grand Rapids and Detroit to turn their lives around. One-third of Michigan youths in foster care at 17 experience at least one instance of homelessness by age 21, and young adults who identify as LGBTQ have a 120% higher risk of homelessness than their heterosexual peers. By Joshua Valiquette.

DREAMers find confusion in college admissions policies

Michigan’s 15 public universities don’t have a uniform policy on admission for DREAMers and other undocumented applicants, causing confusion for some students. All but Michigan Tech offer in-state tuition for those who qualify as residents. We hear from Northern Michigan, an MSU group, Michigan College Access Network and the Michigan Association of State Universities. By Danielle James.

Study finds fewer minority nurses come from Michigan nursing programs

None of Michigan’s nursing programs ranks in the nation’s top 50 for the number of minority nurses they graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a new study from the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race shows, despite the state’s large proportion of minority residents. Nursing program administrators at Northern Michigan and Michigan State discuss the challenges. Northern has a program that brings Detroit and Flint high school students to campus for summer courses. Other programs include Central Michigan, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, Davenport and Ferris State. By Maddy O’Callaghan.

Agreement among community colleges, universities, eases student transfers

A new agreement makes it easier for community college students to apply to transfer to four-year public universities in 12 popular majors. The Michigan Community College Association and Michigan Association of State Universities explain. Editors: You can see here which of your local community colleges and state universities are participating in the 1st phase of the new transfer agreement. By Danielle James.

Presidents of state universities to talk pay for athletes

Presidents of Michigan’s 15 public universities are discussing a proposal to comply with an NCAA mandate to compensate student athletes for commercial use of their name, likeness and image. Concerns include possible impacts on regulations and recruitment. We hear from the Michigan Association of State Universities, Saginaw Valley State and the Michigan High School Athletics Association. For sports and news sections.

One-time FAFSA application could increase participation, report says

Legislators and educators are exploring ways to encourage more college-bound high school seniors to complete the FAFSA application for federal financial aid. Michigan’s application completion rate dropped last year, and the governor wants to boost it. A related proposal is pending in the U.S. Senate. We hear from the sponsor from Brownstown Township and the Michigan Association of State Universities. By Joshua Valiquette.

Watch Focal Point: Trump/Pence campaign comes to Michigan, MSU’s Impact Radio turns 30, Men’s Hockey highlights and more

On this edition of Focal Point News, we give updates on the Impeachment hearings and we show how a man is bringing the Christmas spirit to Mason, Michigan. East Lansing has “Green Friday” deals and MSU’s College of Engineering present their work at Design Day

In Sports, Draymond Green retires his jersey and we highlight MSU Men’s Hockey vs. OSU. 

In Entertainment, the hit musical Aladdin comes to the Wharton Center. These stories and more on Focal Point.