Rising tuition is prompting a state representative wants call for a state commission to oversee public universities, but a spokesman for the colleges accuses Rep. Bob Genetski of trying “to dismantle public education.”
A bill from Genetski, R-Saugatuck, would create an 11-member commission to study the current structure of the state's 15 public universities, and if necessary recommend changes to the governor and Legislature.
While states including New York, Ohio and Wisconsin have state university systems, Michigan's public colleges operate independently.
Three – University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University – have trustees elected statewide. Trustees for the others are appointed by the governor with approval from the Legislature.