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Postsecondary Proposals in State of the State: On Tuesday Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address, and community colleges were a major focus. The Governor announced a goal to have 60% of Michigan residents with a postsecondary credential by the year 2030. In addition, Whitmer announced three pathways that would put significant state support behind college attendance: a Reconnect program for residents currently without a degree, a MI Opportunity Scholarship that would allow debt free community college for any recent high school graduate, or the ability to use those scholarship funds toward a four-year degree.

Of course, this is only the first step in the legislative process and the proposals will see changes if and when they move through the Legislature. So far, the response from legislative leaders appears mixed, but much more information will become clear when the Governor delivers her Executive Budget recommendation in a few weeks.

 

House Subcommittee Continues: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges continued testimony this week, hearing from the Presidents of Eastern Michigan University, Michigan Tech, Western Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and Grand Valley State University. Of particular note, the Chair asked all universities to speak to how they serve first generation, minority, and Pell-eligible students. This coming Thursday, the subcommittee will hear testimony from Northern Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Lake Superior State.

 
 
 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Michigan Legislature’s website (bill tracking and committee meetings)

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan Senate

Community College Legal Authority (Michigan Constitution)

Community College Act of 1966

 

For the map of the community college districts, click here.

 

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