MASU and Member University News Releases

August 27, 2019 - MASU encourages state lawmakers to support Gov. Whitmer’s 3% funding increase for higher education as new data show's Michigan has fallen to 44th in nation in per-resident support for higher education (PDF)

May 10, 2019 - Congratulations to the 2019 Distinguished Professor of the Year Recipients! (PDF)

September 14, 2018 - The Michigan Association of State Universities kicks off statewide campaign to increase college going rates (PDF)

May 1, 2018 - Michigan Residents Say State Should Boost Higher Education Funding to Keep Tuition Low, Poll Says (PDF)

July 18, 2017 - The Legislature and Governor Approve Enhancements to the Michigan Transfer Network to Improve Student Transfer in Higher Education

June 19, 2017 - Closer look finds graduation rate at Michigan public universities higher than federal data shows

March 7, 2017 - Dr. Will Emerson appointed Director of Student Success Initiatives at Michigan Association of State Universities (PDF)
The addition of Dr. Emerson will enhance the association’s ability to work with the state universities in collaboration with Michigan’s K-12 schools, community colleges, independent colleges, and many other stakeholders to improve outcomes related to student success.

December 12, 2016 - The Kresge Foundation awards the Michigan Association of State Universities $300,000 grant to boost student success capacity-building at Michigan’s public universities (PDF)

July 12, 2016 -- New State Metric Affirms High Rates of Student Success at Michigan Public Universities (PDF)
The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), the Michigan education data reporting agency, released a report today showing an increase in the six-year Michigan public university sector graduation rate to 66.6 percent, meaning two of every three students at a public university is graduating within six years.

April 6, 2016 -- The Michigan Association of State Universities Awards Recipients of the 10th Annual Distinguished Professor Award (PDF) - A professor of mathematics who authored a free online calculus textbook, a professor of chemistry dedicated to undergraduate learning, and a professor of journalism who involves her community and local high schools in teaching have been selected as Distinguished Professor of the Year Award recipients from Michigan’s 15 public universities.

The Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award recognizes the outstanding contributions and dedication exhibited by the faculty from Michigan’s 15 public universities to the education of undergraduate students. Each university was invited to nominate a faculty member who has had a significant impact on undergraduate student learning through various activities, particularly classroom instruction, applied research, experiential learning, innovation and mentoring. The 2016 recipients are Matthew Boelkins, Grand Valley State University; Brian P. Coppola, University of Michigan; and Sue Ellen Christian, Western Michigan University.

The Academic Affairs Officers will recognize the nominees and recipients on April 15, 2016 during a luncheon held at the Lansing Center. This is the tenth year for this award. Congratulations!

February 10, 2016 -- The state universities of Michigan are very appreciative of Governor Snyder’s leadership in prioritizing college affordability in his Fiscal Year 2017 Executive Budget Recommendation by proposing an increase in state appropriations for Michigan’s public universities. Read here

January 26, 2016 -- A new campaign by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) to gain support to turn the state’s 28 community colleges into four-year-degree granting institutions fails to inform the public that such a move will result in higher property taxes for residents and higher tuition for community college students and their families. Read here

November 12, 2015 -- Washington, D.C., The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Michigan Association of State Universities Announce Michigan As 12th Partner State in AAC&U's LEAP States Initiative. Read here

October 28, 2015 -- Michigan Association of State Universities Urges Legislature to Remember Past Budget Cuts as it Works on Transportation Fix

October 13, 2015 -- Testimony on Senate Bill 442 by Daniel J. Hurley, CEO

October 1, 2015 -- The association of state public universities has a new name and logo, reflecting its mission as a center point for public university collaboration on a variety of matters. The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan is now known as the Michigan Association of State Universities.

Read here.

Michigan’s Public Universities Already Operate Openly -- September 1, 2015

Concerns about how Michigan’s universities operate, as expressed by Michigan state Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) are much appreciated. However, it seems his proposal to mandate that these institutions be held to some superior level of “openness” in governing board meetings is a solution in search of a problem.

Michigan's 15 public universities are proud to honor our Veteran and military members. Click here to learn more about each institution’s activities. Each university provides in-state tuition for all veterans, regardless of state of residency or active duty status. November 8, 2013.