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The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, based in Lansing, is a nonprofit higher education association serving Michigan's 15 state universities.
Each year, Michigan's public universities serve about 303,000 students, focusing on the delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate education and equal educational opportunity.
Michael Boulus: Time for State Reinvestment in Higher Education if We Want to Return to Prosperity
It’s time for a strategic reinvestment in Michigan’s public universities. The state has the resources.
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University Leaders Skeptical of Lowering Gov. Rick Snyder's Proposed 3.2 Percent Tuition Increase Cap
By Brian McVicar
February 28, 2014/MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Presidents of four Michigan universities – including Grand Valley State and Ferris State – were noncommittal Thursday when asked in a state hearing whether they would accept capping tuition increases at 2.6 percent instead of 3.2 percent.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed higher education budget would require Michigan’s 15 public universities to limit tuition increases to 3.2 percent – two times the rate of inflation – to receive full funding.
But during a state Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee meeting, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Antwerp Township, asked whether the universities could manage to limit tuition increases to an even lower level – 2.6 percent or less. She said members of the state House have discussed lowering the cap.
EMU Growing and Graduating more Students While Holding Down Tuition, President Martin Tells Lansing Lawmakers
February 20, 2014/EMU News
By Geoff Larcom
Eastern Michigan University and its graduates playing critical role in revival of southeastern Michigan, Martin says in annual testimony before Senate subcommittee
YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University is growing, enrolling more students and graduating more as well while remaining an excellent steward of taxpayers’ dollars, President Susan Martin told Michigan lawmakers.
In her annual testimony before members of the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee in Lansing, on Feb. 20, Martin noted Eastern’s growth while leading the state of Michigan in tuition restraint over the last five years.
“We provide a quality education at an affordable price and have not walked away from Michigan citizens who dream of being the first in their family to walk across the stage and earn a college degree,” Martin said.
SVSU Board Appoints New President
February 10, 2014/SVSU News
By: J.J. Boehm
The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control appointed Donald Bachand as the school’s next president. Bachand was selected from a group of four finalists who interviewed on campus January 28-31. He becomes the fourth president of SVSU, replacing Eric Gilbertson, who is retiring after more than 24 years of service.
“As the Board evaluated the candidates, it became clear to us that Don best demonstrated the attributes we were seeking in the new president,” said Board chair Jeff Martin. “He is a dynamic leader and an excellent listener, and he sets high standards and expectations for faculty and staff.
“We wanted someone who could maintain enrollment in the face of declining high school graduates, help students succeed academically, and improve graduation rates. We are confident that Don is ready for these challenges.”
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Higher Ed Investment Must Be Made Priority
April 6, 2014/The Mining Journal
By Any Clickner
Each day, statewide, there are more than 65,000 jobs waiting to be filled by qualified applicants. To fully understand the magnitude of this problem, visit the state's employment website: www.mitalent.org.
But Michigan's lingering challenges are not the result of a lack of jobs; they are the result of a lack of education and opportunity. This is why Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed funding hike for universities is a much-needed reinvestment in Michigan's future.
It is important to understand there is a direct relationship between state support of universities and affordable tuition. Today, about 80 percent of the cost of a public university degree comes from tuition, and only 20 percent from public funding.
LSSU Hits South Hall Matching Gift Challenge Goal
April 2, 2014/LSSU News
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – After being closed for nearly 10 years, Lake Superior State University’s South Hall is another step closer to opening its doors to students again. The LSSU Foundation announced this week it has met the goal for the “Bring it Home” funding challenge to help fund the $12 million project to refurbish the building.
As part of the South Hall Opportunity campaign (SoHO), the challenge was issued last December by an anonymous donor group to match all new gifts and pledges to the South Hall Renovation Project until April 1. Thanks to the generosity of many hundreds of alumni and LSSU friends, the Foundation has reached the goal established by the challenge. Many supporters stepped up in the closing days of the challenge to take advantage of the dollar-for-dollar match.
New Investment in Higher Education will Expand Opportunity in Agriculture
March 30, 2014/MLive
By Jim Byrum
Agriculture is a thriving business in Michigan. Our wide range of crops and commodities makes our state the second most diverse in the country. Our farms and agribusinesses support about one in four Michigan jobs and add $96 billion to the state’s economy.
At the same time, we face a long-term challenge to hire enough skilled workers to get the job done. Agriculture is highly technical and we need to ensure a highly-educated workforce for Michigan’s farms and agribusinesses – from agronomists and engineers, to accountants and logistics experts. That means investing today to train the leaders of tomorrow.
Governor Snyder kicked off this important conversation by including a balanced new investment in higher education as part of his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal.
This funding would be used to make college affordable for all Michiganders. It would help grow wages and income for more people, and attract more business to the state by expanding our educated workforce.
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