A proposal to re-evaluate the need for Michigan's public universities to have separate governing boards is being viewed as a threat to autonomy by university officials, and a step toward improving students' access to higher education by some lawmakers.
House Bill 5000 would create a 13-member University System Restructuring Commission that would issue annual reports about the efficiency of the governance of Michigan's 13 taxpayer-funded universities.
State Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Genoa Township, is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Rogers said the proposed commission doesn't have a specified direction but that its initial focus may be to determine whether multiple university boards are necessary
Read more »