CMU VP Kathy Wilbur is 'thrilled' with Gov. Snyder's pledge to stop further education cuts
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder promised no further cuts to education in this year’s budget after his second State of the State address Wednesday night.
Snyder has come under fire for signing funding cuts for the state’s public universities and reducing aid for K-12 schools over the past year.
“Our intention is, from where we were last year, is hopefully invest more in education,” Snyder said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. He added that he while he wants to invest more into education, he does "not (want to) just spend more."
Kathy Wilbur, vice president for development and external relations for Central Michigan University, said this is welcome news following years of funding cuts for public universities.
“Obviously, we’re thrilled. We’re very pleased by what the governor promised,” Wilbur said. “We’ve had to take some very significant cuts to the universities in the past.”
Funding for universities was cut 15 percent last year and has been slashed by 65 percent over the past decade. Wilbur said only 16 percent of CMU's funds come from the state. In the past, up to 65 percent of the university's funds came from the state.
“Unfortunately, most schools look at tuition increases to offset cuts to funding,” Wilbur said.
Tuition was increased by $12 per credit hour, or 3.47 percent, this academic year for CMU students, and other universities around the state increased their tuition rates by up to seven percent.