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Students call for more funding for UM's Flint and Dearborn campuses

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The University of Michigan Board of Regents heard from students enrolled at the Flint and Dearborn campuses, who complain they are not being treated as equals to Ann Arbor students. 

The regents met in Flint Thursday.

Tyrice Denson is a recent U of M-Flint graduate. He says, from instructor pay and scholarships to health services, the Flint and Dearborn campuses don’t get the financial support the Ann Arbor campus does.

“We are all part of the University of Michigan. We have one Board of Regents. We have one president.  We all have the same M Brand logo,” says Denson. “But right now we’re not being supported in the same way Ann Arbor is.”

“Well, they’re not entirely wrong about the funding,” says Rick Fitzgerald, U of M spokesman, “but I guess our position is that this is largely a state funding gap issue for the most part.”

Fitzgerald says university officials are working to improve collaboration between the three campuses.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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