Two colleges of the University of Michigan, one on the Flint campus, the other in Ann Arbor have formed a partnership to foster success among promising students by increasing the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees granted by both institutions to non-traditional students. This agreement provides UM-Flint College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students with a guaranteed transfer admission into the UM Ann Arbor College of Engineering, provided they meet certain transfer requirements.
This partnership builds on several existing programs across both campuses that include collaborative educational, outreach and advising/mentoring programs. Best practices will be used to form a seamless web of student support. The first two to three years will consist of completion of early coursework at UM-Flint in CAS. This course of study will include distance learning, joint advising and mentorship programs in partnership with UM Ann Arbor, and will offer students the advantages of the teaching-focused learning environment that UM-Flint offers. In addition, students will be afforded exchange opportunities between campuses to build familiarity, confidence and a sense of community.
“This is a win-win program for our students and UM-Flint,” said UM-Flint Provost Jack Kay. “We are proud of what we have to offer on the Flint campus and now, our students will also have the Ann Arbor experience.”
At the end of the second year, students will be provided the option of transferring directly to UM Ann Arbor’s College of Engineering (2+2 program) or remaining a third year at UM-Flint to pursue a dual degree program in science or mathematics from UM-Flint coupled with an engineering degree from UM Ann Arbor (3+2 program) in one of 15 disciplines. “The one thing that will guarantee outsourcing is if we don’t produce more engineers and computer scientists in the U.S.,” said David C. Munson, Jr., Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering.
These programs will serve as a model for broader participation in all STEM fields, as well as a pathway concept for institutions with similar central-regional campus structures.
“We see this agreement as part of a growing collaboration between the three campuses of the University of Michigan,” said D. J. Trela, dean of UM-Flint’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Recruitment and admissions personnel from both campuses have worked closely together to delineate an articulation agreement to ease the transfer process for students and design a cooperative/joint admission process between campuses.