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WSU, UM, MSU push for separate funding

May 1, 2006

Michigan's three largest research universities are pitching for separate consideration as lawmakers slice up funding for higher education. Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University want lawmakers to consider unique factors at their institutions. Those include the cost of medical schools, their role in state and local economic improvement, and efforts to improve graduation rates relative to comparable national universities, not necessarily their Michigan peers. "The three universities have cost structures that are astronomically different than the other 12," said Harvey Hollins III, Wayne State's vice president of government and community affairs. "It would make sense to put the three universities in one category, and have the state put accountability measures in one category. "Hold us accountable for producing more doctors, when we have a shortage in the state. Hold us accountable to spin out firms from the university. Hold us accountable to those things that are going to propel the state forward." On Wednesday, Wayne State President Irvin D. Reid, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and MSU President Lou Anna Simon are scheduled to make a joint presentation to the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on higher education.