MASU Studies

Report on the Progress of Transfer Student Success in Michigan - March 1, 2017 (PDF) - As required by Sec. 210b of Public Act 249 of 2016, this report provides an update on progress toward the continuous enhancement of student transfer among and between Michigan’s community colleges and state universities. 

Academic Program Partnerships Among Michigan Public and Private Colleges and Universities, 2015-2016 Academic Year  (PDF) - February 1, 2017

MASU, community colleges, and private institutions have collaborated on this report to list all the ways students can complete a bachelor’s degree in Michigan after starting at a community college. There are almost 800 programs offered by state universities serving 12,000 transfer students.

Transfer Study Committee Project Status Report and Initial Recommendations - March 1, 2016 (PDF) 

As required by Sec. 210c of Public Act 85 0f 2015, this is the final report of the legislative committee studying an expansion of block credit transfer. The two final recommendations – creating a statewide Transfer Steering Committee and replacing the Michigan Transfer Network – will increase student success by easing the transfer process.

Collaborating for Success: Advancing Public Education through Cooperation (PDF)

Under PA 201 of 2012, the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan is required to provide the executive and legislative branches with a report on the coordination of purchased goods by the state universities. We are pleased to comply with the request.

Michigan Resident Undergraduate Net Tuition: FY2007 - FY2010 (PDF)

A comprehensive study showing that the average student at Michigan's public universities Pays about half of the "sticker" price of tuition, thanks largely to extensive efforts by university leaders to provide need and merit-based scholarship aid in the face of unprecedented cuts in high education support by the Michigan Legislature and Governor.

Offering Baccalaureates at Community Colleges (PDF)

This document is in response to 2009 House Bill No. 4837, establishing education programs and grant baccalaureate degrees in nursing, cement technology, or culinary arts. Part one incorporates PCSUM's document, Community College Baccalaureate: A Solution in Search of a Problem and part two focuses on the offering of a Baccalaureate in nursing at community colleges.

A Defense of Baccalaureate Education (PDF)

In the most recent political exchanges regarding whether to offer theapplied baccalaureate or some other form of four-year education atcommunity colleges, two essential questions have been lost: 1) what isbest for students? All interested groups have an answer to thisquestion, but they differ in important ways that should be madeexplicit to all who are interested in the outcome of this debate, and2) What purposes should our public community colleges and four-yearuniversities play in the state as providers of postsecondaryeducational opportunities? After answering the two questions, wearticulate a definition of baccalaureate education and how it differsfrom the conventional four year degree. Lastly, we describe the challenges community colleges would face attempting to provide thisform of education in a way that keeps students at the center of theconversation and allows them to achieve their established purposes in an efficient and effective way. May 2008

Community College Baccalaureate - A Solution in Search of a Problem (PDF)

Lt.Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth made 19recommendations to Governor Granholm. The ninth recommendation includedhigher education institutions examining availability and geographiccoverage of services, including setting up partnerships between 4- and2-year institutions to expand the availability of baccalaureatedegrees. Without conducting a thorough needs assessment, the MichiganLegislature took a look at defining the criteria and process forcommunity colleges to offer applied baccalaureate degrees. This reportaddresses that there are a number of ways to meet the existing demandof college-going opportunities, but none of them include identifying asolution first and then seeking out the problem. April 2008

Development of a Student Level Data Tracking System: Context, Opportunities, and Challenges (PDF)
Section 216 of PA 213 of 2008 requires the state universities of Michigan to provide a report on the steps that have been taken and the challenges associated with the development of a student level data tracking system. The report discusses the context, opportunities and challenges of developing a data tracking system from a postsecondary perspective. The report was prepared by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan with the input and cooperation of Michigan's 15 public universities. December 2008

State Disinvestment in Support of Higher Education in Michigan (PDF)
Graphs illustrating the changes overtime in state appropriations for postsecondary education.

Collaborating for Efficiency and Quality - a Report on the Collaborative Efforts of Michigan Public Universities (PDF)
This report highlights the public universities' collaborative efforts to maximize efficiency and reduce costs. January 2008

Disaggregating the Truth: A Re-analysis of the Costs and Benefits of Michigan's Public Universities (PDF)
This report re-analyzes national data to demonstrate that Michigan's public universities have made cuts to instruction, student services and academic services during a period of declining state support. It also calls into question the Mackinac report suggesting that investment in higher education is negatively related to economic growth. July 2007

Presidents Council Report to the Public, 2005-2006 (PDF)
A composite sketch of the collective achievements and goals of the State Universities of Michigan

Presidents Council Study on Net Tuition Costs (PDF)

A comprehensive study showing that the actual price of resident undergraduate tuition at Michigan's public universities has actually declined from FY 1998 through FY 2003

Appendices accompanying Study on Net Tuition Costs
Appendix 5-Table 3B: Best Approximation of "Net Tuition Costs" using HEIDI Profile Sheets (PDF)
Appendix 6-Table 4B: Best Approximation of "Net Tuition Costs" using HEIDI Section 710 Report (PDF)

University Investment Commission Report - 2002

An overview of key issues in Michigan higher education, prepared by a commission of Michigan business and political leaders.

Economic Impact Study 2002 (PDF)

Find out how Michigan's public universities contribute $39 billion to the state's economy.

Presidents Council - State University Data (PDF)
Charts on often requested data pertaining to enrollment, state appropriations, tuition and more.