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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.

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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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