higher education


Susan J. Demas: After years of cutting Michigan to the bone, Republicans cry crocodile tears over Whitmer’s vetoes

BY: - October 12, 2019

In 2011, I was having dinner with a big media executive on a day that teachers were protesting GOP then-Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget cuts in Lansing. As everyone seems to have forgotten, Snyder — who was supposed to be some sort of moderate — took a hatchet to Michigan’s public education system and safety net […]


Susan J. Demas: What’s not in the GOP budget? Start with pension tax repeal, working-class tax cut.

BY: - September 27, 2019

Remember GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder’s so-called pension tax, which passed under the GOP-led Legislature in 2011? After the outcry, even some Republicans decided they hated it and many who voted for the tax have been term-limited by now. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed killing said tax in her Fiscal Year 2020 budget plan, which you […]

6 budget conference reports advance, despite Whitmer’s objections

BY: - September 12, 2019

The first GOP-led conference committees advanced six department-level budgets on Thursday that can now move to the full House and Senate.  The conference committee hearings on Thursday are a key step in bridging differences between the House and Senate Fiscal Year 2020 budget bills before the Sept. 30 deadline. Each conference committee has six members, […]

Study: Low-income, students of color squeezed in Michigan’s college affordability crisis

BY: - September 7, 2019

A new study shows that Michigan’s public universities and community colleges are facing an affordability crisis, which has especially hit low-income families hard.  The study from the New York-based progressive think tank the Century Foundation shows how rising tuitions and cuts in state funding create barriers for students to receive higher education.  “The report shows […]

Updated: University of Michigan backtracks on STI test coverage

BY: - September 6, 2019

Updated, 8:27 p.m., 9/6/19 The University of Michigan has reportedly reversed course on covering students’ sexually transmitted infections (STIs) tests.*  After the university enacted a new policy that STI testing through University Health Services (UHS) was no longer covered by tuition costs, E. Royster Harper, vice president of Student Life, and UHS Executive Director Robert […]

Michigan ranks 44th nationally in per-resident support for higher ed

BY: - August 29, 2019

New data shows Michigan is one of the worst states in the country in financially supporting public universities. For the Fiscal Year 2019, Michigan ranked 44th nationally in per-resident support for higher education, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education […]