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An ardent pitch to legislators to better "invest in your sons and daughters of the state" by returning higher education funding to pre-recession levels was delivered to the Michigan House Higher Education and Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee by WMU President Edward Montgomery on Feb. 14., 2019. Montgomery pointed out that state per-student funding has fallen 42 percent since 2002—from about $9,500/per student to $5,500/per student, giving Michigan a ranking of 43rd among states in per capita state support for its universities. View testimony beginning at the 1:06:19 mark in this video

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Western Michigan University is slated to receive a $1.5 million state appropriation for its Unified Clinics, a multi-specialty group practice that annually serves more than 5,000 patients in Southwest Michigan and beyond, which operates under the auspices of the University's College of Health and Human Services.

State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, who was instrumental in securing the funding, formally announced the allocation during a news conference Tuesday, Oct.2.


“WMU’s Unified Clinics provides invaluable health care services to some of Southwest Michigan’s most under-served,”  O’Brien says. “I advocated for needed funding to ensure the University can provide the best possible care for its clients, many of which are children. Kalamazoo area residents should be proud to have such a great organization in our backyard.” Read more at WMU News.

Work by two WMU art students is currently on display in Lansing as part of the Art in the Legislature program hosted by a partnership between the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Legislature. 

WMU alumna Madeline Galer, who graduated in April 2018, was in Lansing for a ceremony on Oct. 17 that recognized all the student artists from Michigan colleges and universities whose work was selected for exhibition. Galer’s piece, “Burst” is hanging on the 5th floor of the Anderson Office Building, home of the House of Representatives.

WMU senior Kimberly Barret’s piece, "Food is My Drug," is hanging on the 3rd floor of the Binsfield Office Building, home of the Senate. See her work in the Art in the Legislature brochure.

wmu to host 4th campus sexual assault summit

First lady Sue Snyder announced in spring that Michigan's fourth "Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit will be held at WMU on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

"I'm proud of the leadership role Michigan has taken to address the prevalence of sexual assault on our college and university campuses," Snyder said in making the announcement. "These statewide summits are an important part of our work to raise awareness and prevention efforts to ultimately change the culture and put an end to campus sexual assault. Western Michigan University has been a tremendous partner in our work to address this critical issue. I'm excited to host our fourth summit at WMU and look forward to focusing our efforts this year on best practices for prevention and response to sexual assault." Read more.


Special appropriations to support four Western Michigan University initiatives were approved in the state of Michigan's recently concluded budget cycle. Learn more in the summer issue of the Bronco Advocacy Network newsletter.

Recent poll shows michigan residents support boosting higher education funding

A new poll shows Michigan residents want the state to invest in higher education to keep tuition low, and that more than 80 percent of parents with high school students believe their child will receive at least a four-year college degree. The phone survey asked 600 Michigan residents their views on higher education and was facilitated by Glengariff Group on behalf of the Michigan Association of State Universities. Read more.



Western Michigan University will serve as the campus host of the third annual State Universities Summit, an initiative of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 24 in the University's Fetzer Center.

Established in 2015, the annual summit brings together Michigan’s public university presidents, governing board members, government affairs representatives, and leaders from the state government and state departments to engage, collaborate, and discuss shared priorities.

The 2017 summit will again focus on governance, with an additional emphasis on the emerging economy and how universities can prepare. Breakout sessions will focus on marketing Michigan to instate and out-of-state prospective students and how universities can continue to engage international students on their campuses.

For more information, contact WMU’s Office of Government Affairs at (269) 387-2072 or write:

Governor appoints two to eight-year terms as WMU trustees

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Ron Kitchens of Portage and Shani Penn of Detroit as new members of the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees. Kitchens, chief executive officer of economic development agency Southwest Michigan First, will serve an eight-year term ending in 2024. Penn is chief of staff to Chancellor Veronica Conforme of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. She will serve a term ending in 2024 as well. Read more in WMU News.

WMU part of state effort to boost student success in high-risk courses

Western Michigan University is among the first of eight Michigan colleges and universities to improve student outcomes in high-risk courses through a statewide effort called Michigan Gateways to Completion. Read more in WMU News.