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Welcome to the Presidents Council
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.
Michigan’s 15 Public Universities Thank the Michigan Legislature
Michigan’s 15 public universities would like to thank the Michigan Legislature for voting to restore funding to state universities with its vote to approve a 5.9 percent increase in state support for higher education.
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Gov. Snyder Makes Appointments to Mackinac Bridge Authority
June 13, 2014/Michigan.gov
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Matthew E. McLogan, of Grand Rapids, and Barbara Arens, of Bloomfield Hills, to the Mackinac Bridge Authority.
Established in 1950, the seven-member Mackinac Bridge Authority authorizes use of legal and financial services necessary to manage and finance bridge maintenance and repair projects.
“I am pleased to appoint Matt and Barbara to the Authority and I am confident they have the expertise and experience to oversee one of Michigan's most cherished landmarks,” Snyder said.
McLogan has been the vice president for university relations at Grand Valley State University for more than 27 years. He serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet and Budget Committee at GVSU and previously spent six years serving on the Michigan Public Service Commission. McLogan earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Michigan University.He will represent independents and replace Murray Wikol.
Business Leaders For Michigan Applauds Legislature's Action on FY 2015 University Budget
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, strongly applauded final passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the state’s public universities.
College Worth the Cost, But It Must Become More Affordable
June 10, 2014/Detroit Free Press
By Julia Grant
College is a waste of time and money. Borrowing money to attend classes taught by ivory tower intellectuals is like scattering your dollars to the wind — only worse because of the heavy interest you’ll accumulate. You’ll be eating takeout food in your parents’ basement, and surfing the net instead of being gainfully employed — all because you weren’t sufficiently prepared by your expensive alma mater to get yourself a decent job.
We’ve heard these laments all too often, on the Internet and in the national news media. There are the dot.com-ers who believe that they already have the technological know-how to initiate new enterprises, and yet another group of disgruntled college grads who seem to think that jobs should be handed out along with their degree.
But try telling Ruben Watson — head of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps and a first-generation-college student himself — that college is a waste of time. Watson and members of both the Michigan and National College Advising Corps help students in low-income and underserved schools complete college application forms, attend college fairs, and even assist parents with filling out the dreaded financial aid forms, otherwise known as FAFSA. Both Michigan State and the University of Michigan send graduates to work in rural and urban schools where potentially first-generation college students are numerous. Watson claims that college opened new doors of professional opportunity for him and enriched his life in ways that he had never imagined.
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How the Government Exaggerates the Cost of College
July 29, 2014/The New York Times
By David Leonhardt
The government’s official statistic for college-tuition inflation has become somewhat infamous. It appears frequently in the news media, and policy makers lament what it shows.
No wonder: College tuition and fees have risen an astounding 107 percent since 1992, even after adjusting for economywide inflation, according to the measure. No other major household budget item has increased in price nearly as much.
But it turns out the government’s measure is deeply misleading.
For years, that measure was based on the list prices that colleges published in their brochures, rather than the actual amount students and their families paid. The government ignored financial-aid grants. Effectively, the measure tracked the price of college for rich families, many of whom were not eligible for scholarships, but exaggerated the price – and price increases – for everyone from the upper middle class to the poor.
Can Michigan Become Role Model for Funding Higher Education?
July 2, 2014/Detroit Free Press
By Doug Rothwell
Higher education is a key element to fueling Michigan’s economy.
Universities account for a growing share of the research and development conducted in the state that fuels the growth of start-up companies and attracts new businesses. Today, Michigan’s public universities account for more than 6% of the total state economy and have the potential to create nearly 40,000 additional jobs in Michigan in the next decade. Higher learning also boosts lifetime earning potential. Median wages for Michigan workers with a bachelor’s degree are more than twice as high as those with only a high school diploma. Furthermore, those with college degrees are far less likely to be unemployed.
Our leaders in Lansing understand that a strong higher education sector is crucial for a healthy state economy. For the third straight year, Gov. Rick Snyder proposed — and the state Legislature enacted — increased state aid to universities. For fiscal year 2015, universities received the largest single-year increase in more than a decade, and funding has increased 11% over FY 2012 levels — more than most other states.
These increases put Michigan back on the path to toward making college more affordable. This is more important than ever because most of the good-paying jobs available today and tomorrow will require an education beyond high school.
Mapping Saginaw Crime: SVSU Project IDs City's 'Hot Spots,' Shows Relationship with Poverty, Vacant Housing
July 02, 2014/MLive
By Brad Devereaux
SAGINAW, MI — A team of Saginaw Valley State University professors and students have spent the past year working on a project to help police identify violent crime trends in Saginaw.
After mapping the location of every shooting and homicide in Saginaw from 2005 to 2013 and statistically analyzing the data, the team reported findings to the Saginaw Police Department and the Saginaw Crime Prevention Council.
"The response seemed to be a bit of awe," SVSU professor Andrew Miller said about when they presented the project to the crime prevention council in May.
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