September 23-29, 2018: Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to 26 independent colleges and universities serving over 120,000 students; and,

WHEREAS, the state’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities are delivering tremendous investment values for graduates, offering an average 11 to 1 rate of return on a bachelor’s degree after just five years; and,

WHEREAS, more than 80 percent of graduates from Michigan’s independent colleges and universities choose to live and work in the state after graduation; and,

WHEREAS, 39 percent of United States military veterans pursuing an undergraduate degree in Michigan do so at a Michigan independent college or university; and,

WHEREAS, a growing number of low-income students are being served by Michigan’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities, with institution-based student grants and scholarships increasing by 99 percent over the past decade; and,

WHEREAS, 45 percent of undergraduate students at Michigan’s independent colleges and universities receive need-based Pell grants; and,

WHEREAS, the state’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities offer greater college access for women, low-income students, and nontraditional/lifelong learners; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s independent colleges and universities provide individualized support and customized education for all learners, both in the classroom and within the administration; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s 26 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities are a vital part of the state’s economic landscape, bringing tens of thousands of skilled, educated students into the state’s workforce during the past decade and giving them each a higher earning potential and greater job security;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 23-29, 2018 as Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities Week.