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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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Financial Aid Directors Meeting
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Career Services Directors Meeting
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EMU President: Snyder Budget Invests in Higher Ed
March 7, 2014/Detroit News
By Susan Martin
We are pleased to see recognition of the importance of reinvesting in higher education in the budget submitted by Gov. Rick Snyder. Increasing the level of state support for our 15 public universities, which provide Michigan with some of the best opportunities for higher education in the nation, has two important outcomes.
First, it directly helps students by keeping the cost of tuition down. This is an important point of pride here at Eastern Michigan, where we have held tuition increases to an average of 3 percent over the last five years, the lowest total in the state. An undergraduate student at Eastern pays only $43 per credit hour more today than he or she did in 2009.
Presidents Council Hails Proposed Higher Ed Funding
March 5, 2014/Gongwer News Service
Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan praised to the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee on Wednesday the increase in state funding for higher education proposed in the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.
"We applaud the governor for proposing a strategic investment in our higher education institutions," Mr. Boulus told committee members. "It represents a significant step in restoring higher ed funding to where they once were and getting us back to scale."
Mr. Boulus told the committee tuition costs have gone up because state support decreased. He said the average tuition rate in 2001 was $4,945 and has shot up to $8,277 in 2013. The state is 40th in per capita support for higher education, he said, and he would like to become a top 10 state.
Michigan Among States That Shifted Cost of College onto Students, Report Shows
March 03, 2014/MLive
By Brian Smith
Michigan ranks 40th in per-student state support for higher education,a new report from the Chronicle of Higher Education states.
LANSING -- In almost half the country, per-student state spending on higher education is less than the amount students are asked to pay, and Michigan is no exception, the Chronicle of Higher Education found.
Many states have shifted the burden of paying for higher education onto students since 2000, when 47 states contributed more per-student than enrollees paid. As of 2012, only 26 states still paid a larger share toward college spending than students.
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