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September 23-29: Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities Week

Governor Rick Snyder has declared September 23-29 Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities Week. Through a Proclamation, the Governor recognized the tremendous value of MICU member institutions, including:

  • Offering an average 11 to 1 rate of return on a bachelor’s degree after just five years
  • More than 80 percent of graduates from Michigan’s independent colleges and universities choose to live and work in the state after graduation
  • Provide individualized support and customized education for all learners

MiTransfer Pathways

MICU, in partnership with the Michigan Community College Association and Michigan Association of State Universities is working collaboratively to increase degree completion among transfer students. MiTransfer Pathways works to build multi-institutional transfer pathways. Additionally, MiTransfer Pathways is working on a statewide initiative to replace the Michigan Transfer Network (MTN).

2018 Independent Colleges & Universities Advocacy Day

The 2018 Independent Colleges & Universities Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. 

Advocacy Day is an opportunity to encourage the legislature to continue investing in the Michigan Tuition Grant and maintain access to higher education for Michigan students. Additionally, it is an opportunity to:

• Share information on how Independent Colleges & Universities make higher education more accessible to Michigan students

• Express the commitment to ensuring students complete their degrees

State of Michigan Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU) thanks Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature for supporting Michigan students in the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget that was signed into law on June 28, 2018. The Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) was raised to $2,400, a $400 per student increase from last year and the highest MTG award amount since 2002. The per institution cap on the MTG was raised from $3.5 million to $4.2 million, allowing more students to be eligible at institutions.

Regulatory Alert: EU Data Privacy Regulations Effective May 25, 2018

New data privacy protections from the European Union are set to go into effect May 25, 2018. Colleges and universities that have an extension program in one of the 28 member nations of the EU, recruit students that are citizens of the EU, or offer distance education courses that have EU citizens enrolled, will be impacted by the new regulations.   The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is broad and provides blanket data privacy protections to all EU citizens and reshapes how data is collected and used by organizations.

NAICU Action Alert: Contact Congress on Tax Reform

NAICU action alert

Dear Colleagues:

I am reaching out to ask you to contact Congress immediately on the conference that is now underway to resolve differences in the House and Senate tax bills.The Senate approved its version of tax reform early Saturday morning, and the process of reconciling the two versions will start immediately. 

Federal Tax Update: November 24, 2017

Federal Tax Update: November 24, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of tax reform and it includes a number of provisions that are harmful to the higher education sector.  These provisions include the elimination of a number of tax deductions:

Honoring Kathy Hoag in her retirement

Kathy Hoag headshot

A Quarter Century of Service

Longtime MICU Executive Assistant Kathy Hoag Retires

Kathy was honored by the MICU presidents, Michigan Legislature, and Governor Snyder, with a special tribute on September 20, 2017.

With a career spanning more than four decades and an unwavering commitment to hundreds of thousands of Michigan degree-seekers, Kathy Hoag is one of the unsung heroes of our state’s higher education sector.


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