The Higher Education budget directly funds a portion of the
operations of Michigan’s 15 public four-year universities. In addition, the
budget also contains appropriations for the following programs: the Martin
Luther King, Jr. — Cesar Chavez — Rosa Parks College Day Program; the Martin
Luther King Jr. — Cesar Chavez — Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program;
the Grant and Financial Aid Program; and various state and regional programs —
all of which should be slated either for elimination or reduction.
As in the case of Michigan’s community colleges, the rate
of increase in higher education funding has far exceeded the rate of increase in
enrollment and inflation. To remedy this problem, expenditures should be
retroactively indexed to enrollment and inflation. This would produce an
immediate and long overdue savings for Michigan taxpayers, and encourage changes
that would increase the efficiency of these institutions.