MVU at a glance

  • Michigan Virtual University® was established by the State of Michigan in 1998.
  • Michigan Virtual School® was launched during the 1999-2000 academic year, providing 100 online course enrollments to 18 schools.
  • Michigan Virtual School now offers more than 200 unique courses, including 22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and seven different foreign languages. The core academic areas of math, English, science and social studies are covered, with an emphasis on meeting the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements. Most of the courses are high school level, but more than 50 are available for middle school students.
  • Michigan Virtual School has trained more than 1,000 teachers how to be online instructors. MVS online instructors are certified, highly-qualified teachers.
  • Michigan LearnPort® was created by MVU and the Michigan Department of Education in 2003.
  • MVU has served more than 100,000 students through online course enrollments or access to other online learning tools in the past decade. 
  • In 2006 Michigan became the first state to require online learning for high school graduation.
  • MVU collaborated with the Michigan Department of Education, with funding from Microsoft, to develop CareerForward®, a free online course that helps schools meet the state’s online learning requirement.
  • Michigan was ranked No. 2 in the United States in a survey of online learning policy and practice in 2008 by the Center for Digital Education.
  • MVS teacher Lorri MacDonald was named the first Michigan online teacher of the year in December 2008.
  • MVU was named the Educational Program of the Year by Automation Alley in September 2009.
  • MVS teacher Melanie Laber was named the second Michigan online teacher of the year in December 2009.
  • MVS was first awarded accreditation in December 2005 by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), and was re-accredited in 2010.
  • Molly Bruzewski and Andrew Vanden Heuvel were named the Michigan online teachers of the year for 2010. Andrew was also a finalist for the national online teacher of the year award.
  • Julia Swartz was named online teacher of the year for 2011.
  • Michigan Virtual University received the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Presidential Service Award in July 2012.
  • Public Act 201 of 2012 directed MVU to establish the Center for Online Research and Innovation (center was renamed the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™).
  • Michigan Virtual University won a Silver Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award in November 2012 for Best Learning Team for the organization’s work in developing Michigan LearnPort, Michigan’s leading online portal for K-12 educators.
  • In November 2012, Tara Becker-Utess was named 2012 online teacher of the year.
  • March 2013 – MVU released Moving Michigan Farther, Faster: Personalized Learning and the Transformation of Learning in Michigan (PDF), a report about the future of K-12 education in Michigan that called for a heightened focus on personalized learning.
  • Gretchen Dziadosz (Michigan Education Association), James Lorenson (Gogebic Community College) and Kevin Oxley (Jackson County Intermediate School District) were elected to the MVU Board of Directors in April 2013.
  • Frederick Page was named 2013 online teacher of the year in October 2013.
  • MVLRI awarded the 2013 iNACOL Innovator Award for Outstanding Research on Oct. 27, 2013.
  • In July 2015, MVU welcomed 15 new teachers to the iEducator 21st Century Digital Learning Corps.
  • Brian Whiston, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, joined the MVU Board of Directors.
  • Annette Gleason was named 2014-15 online teacher of the year in August 2015.
  • MVS recorded its 200,000th online enrollment during the second semester of 2016.
  • MVU's 11th Online Learning Symposium was held April 11, 2016.
  • In August, William Springer and Judith Nixon were named the 2016 online teachers of the year.
  • Lyn DeCarlo (Coopersville), Lynnette Daig (Brighton) and Julie Howe (Three Rivers) were named the first online mentors of the year in August 2016.
  • MVU's new professional development tool, the Professional Learning Portal, was launched on Sept. 15, 2016, replacing Michigan LearnPort.