Mixed Message? University Of Michigan President Says Colleges Are 'Ground Zero For Funding Cuts' As School Approves $26.8 Million In Raises (Blog)

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Is the University of Michigan sending mixed messages, lamenting about college costs that leaders say are “too costly for some families” and that the school has been “ground zero for funding cuts” while announcing $26.8 million in raises?

UM President Mary Sue Coleman recently published an open letter to President Obama calling for more state and private support for universities.

“There is no stronger trigger for rising costs at public universities and colleges than declining state support,” Coleman wrote. “ The University of Michigan and our state’s 14 other public institutions have been ground zero for funding cuts.”

Coleman called college affordability “a thorny issue that demands national attention.”

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