LANSING, Mich. — Legislation has been introduced that could lead to the elimination of independent governing boards at 13 of Michigan’s public universities, according to The Livingston Daily Press & Argus. The bill would create a 13-member University System Restructuring Commission tasked with evaluating the efficiency of the universities’ operations and oversight and offer suggestions for improvement in an annual report.
State Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Genoa Township, is a co-sponsor of the bill and told the Livingston Daily that while the commission may initially explore the necessity of multiple independent governing boards, its focus will be on generating a wide range of recommendations.
"I don't know that there's any hard-core direction. It's more the conversation," Rogers told the Livingston Daily.
According to the Livingston Daily, Michigan is the only state to not have a coordinating board to oversee its public universities.
The Livingston Daily Press & Argus, “University boards to be reduced?” Jan. 3, 2012
MichiganVotes.org, “2011 House Bill 5000: Create state university governance structure study commission”