The University Record, June 19, 1995

State legislature approves $18.8 million additional appropriation for universities

State legislators last Friday resolved the remaining points of difference on how a projected $18.8 million in lapsed funds would be distributed. The recommendation will now be passed to the governor for his signature.

A conference report on the state appropriations, signed by Sens. Jon Cisky, R-Saginaw, and John J. H. Schwarz, R-Battle Creek, and Reps. Donald H. Gilmer, R-Augusta, and James McBryde, R-Mt. Pleasant, eliminated language that had recommended out-of-state students at Michigan's public universities not exceed 30 percent.

Section 801, which replaces the recommendation, reads:

"The legislature recognized that a major obligation of the public universities is to provide undergraduate instruction to academically qualified citizens of this state. The public universities shall ensure that academically qualified Michigan residents are afforded the greatest opportunity to attend these institutions. Michigan residents shall comprise a substantial majority of each university's undergraduate population. Further, the universities shall report to the chairpersons of the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on higher education annually regarding their efforts to comply with the requirements of this section."

Morris D. Hood, D-Detroit, who introduced an amendment in March that would have withheld the U-M's allocation of state funds because the University's out-of-state student enrollment climbed above the 30 percent figure, objected vigorously to passage of the recommendation and did not sign the report.

The final higher education budget figures provide for a 3 percent increase for all three U-M campuses. Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University and Western Michigan University received the governor's recommended increases of 6 percent, 7.5 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively.

Distribution of the expected lapsed funds, totaling $18.8 million, would not be available until after March 31.

Proposed lapsed fund appropriations

Central Michigan University

$1,350,000

Eastern Michigan University

1,000,000

Ferris State University

625,000

Grand Valley State University

250,000

Lake Superior State University

250,000

Michigan State University

900,000

Michigan Technological University

750,000

Northern Michigan University

500,000

Oakland University

700,000

Saginaw Valley State University

505,186

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

8,000,000

University of Michigan, Dearborn

250,000

University of Michigan, Flint

250,000

Wayne State University

3,000,000

Western Michigan University

475,000