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Mary Sue Coleman notes URC's impact, achievements

February 27, 2013

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman spoke before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Tuesday morning to advocate for her school's share of state appropriations. Gov. Rick Snyder suggested a 2 percent funding increase for universities in his fiscal 2013-14 budget proposal and suggested that money be tied to the same formula used last year, which evaluates universities based on graduation rate improvements, critical degrees, the number of Pell Grant recipients enrolled and tuition restraint. Overall, the increase would represent an addition of $30.7 million in base funding to Michigan's $1.4 billion higher education budget. It follows a 3 percent one-time increase in fiscal 2013 and a 15 percent decrease the year before. During her appearance in Lansing, Coleman highlighted the success of U-M, Wayne State University and Michigan State University's tech transfer operations, which over the course of a decade produced 149 startups. These three schools, which compose the University Research corridor, produced more graduates than any other cluster in the U.S.