2019 Independent Colleges and Universities Week

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed September 16-22, 2019 Independent Colleges and Universities Week! The proclamation recognizes that independent colleges and universities are a vital part of the state’s economic landscape, bringing tens of thousands of skilled, educated students into the state’s workforce during the past decade and giving them each higher earning potential and job security. Additionally, the proclamation recognizes that:

  • Michigan is home to Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU), which represents 26 non-for-profit independent colleges and universities that serve over 120,000 students across the state.

  • More than 80 percent of graduates from Michigan’s independent colleges and universities choose to live and work in the state after graduation.

  • 45 percent of undergraduate students receive need-based Pell Grants

  • 39 percent of United States military veterans pursuing an undergraduate degree in Michigan do so at a Michigan independent college or university.

  • A growing number of low-income students are being served by Michigan’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities, with institution-based student grants and scholarships increasing by 99 percent over the past decade.

MICU members will celebrate Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities week by gathering together for Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities Day on September 18 in Lansing. Members will meet with legislators to advocate for continued investment in the Michigan Tuition Grant and to recognize the great work that is being done at independent colleges and universities.

Shannon Price