Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Serving approximately 290,000 students annually, the state’s 15 public universities serve as integral partners with government, business and industry, and the philanthropic and non-profit sectors to build a better Michigan. They are public institutions serving the public interest. The high-quality and global reputation of Michigan’s public universities are rooted in the state’s unique form of higher education governance. State constitutional autonomy granted to the universities allows the gubernatorial-appointed and popularly-elected governing boards of these institutions to ensure strong accountability and stewardship of key fiscal, academic and other policy matters. Representing the collective views of the state’s public universities, the policy statements presented in this Michigan Higher Education Public Policy Agenda represent a guiding framework within which these institutions can successfully fulfill their missions while ensuring public accountability, academic quality and fiscal stewardship. The statements are tailored to Michigan and its unique policy-setting context, and are reflective of current issues being discussed in the state’s public policy domain. This guide to higher education policy issues can serve as a resource for ensuring that Michigan’s 15 public universities continue their historic achievements in shaping the state’s rich legacy while fully realizing the promise of its future.