YPSILANTI -- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released his FY19 budget recommendation for Michigan universities today, calling for an overall increase of 2 percent over last year. As a result of the performance funding recommendations in the proposed budget, Eastern Michigan University funding would increase higher than the average, by 2.4 percent from $75,169,900 this year to $76,977,200. Eastern's performance funding scores were among the highest of Michigan universities, based on metrics that include: the six-year graduation rate; total degrees awarded; institutional support as a percentage of expenditures; and, percentage of students receiving Pell Grants. Eastern scored nine points out of a total possible score of 12 -- nine was the highest score given under the recommendations and was achieved by only one university other than Eastern.
"We are pleased to see the Governor's proposed budget for 2019 reflects a continuing reinvestment in higher education," said Eastern Michigan University President James Smith. "It is gratifying to also see the recognition of the success of Eastern's student support initiatives as evidenced by the performance funding metrics. We continue to advance the academic mission of the university as a institution of opportunity where first-generation students, people from urban and rural communities, and all races, cultures, backgrounds and identities are embraced and motivated to success. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor's office and the Michigan Legislature as we move through the funding process."
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.