ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – In a letter to President Obama, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman said a recent meeting with college presidents is the best Christmas present she could have hoped for because it moved a “thorny issue” to a national stage.
Coleman said the cost of attending college is one of the most serious matters facing a country that seeks to strengthen its global competitiveness.
Talking with WWJ Newsradio 950’s Greg Bowman, Coleman said it’s imperative we find a way to make higher education more affordable for families.
“What that does is to bring an intelictual well being to the society. It advances health and medicine — we all care about that — business, social sciences, the arts … that’s what higher education does and what it offers,” said Coleman.
“And yet, over the last decade — at least, all the time I’ve been at Michigan — every year we’ve gotten a budget cut. There’s a big disinvestment in higher education,” she said.
Hear Greg Bowman’s interview with Mary Sue Coleman: