EMU students rally for higher education funding
YPSILANTI – More than 100 Eastern Michigan University students will be boarding buses and heading for Lansing Wednesday, Sept. 26, to let state lawmakers know how they feel about the higher education budget. Students from 13 of Michigan’s 15 state universities are scheduled to attend a rally on the Capitol steps calling for only the second increase in state funding for higher education in the last eight years.
The event, sponsored by the Student Association of Michigan and the United States Student Association, is expected to draw more than a thousand student activists from around the state. Prior to the 2:30 p.m. rally, students will meet individually with lawmakers to ask for a restoration of funds taken from the state universities in May and for the Legislature to make good on Gov. Granholm’s call for a 2.5 percent funding increase for higher education.
“Moving Michigan’s economy forward will require new investments in essential areas like higher education,” said EMU’s Chief Government Relations Officer Freman Hendrix.
“EMU students are going to Lansing to deliver a vital message that our state will not remain competitive if we do not begin to invest in our people again.”
Michigan currently ranks 44th in per student appropriations and 47th in growth in per student appropriations. Since 2002, state funding for higher education has declined 8 percent at a time when neighboring states like Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, and Minnesota have all approved double digit increases in post-secondary funding.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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