President Mark Schlissel told state legislators Tuesday he has been impressed with Michigan residents’ optimism about the future and that “they look to higher education as a pathway to prosperity for their children and as a source of hope for the future.”

Schlissel was in Lansing for his first meeting with members of the state Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Higher Education. He was one of several university leaders, including the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint chancellors, addressing Gov. Rick Snyder’s higher-education budget recommendation with legislators.

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