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About UM-Flint


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The University of Michigan-Flint

Mission

The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive urban university of diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities. In the University of Michigan tradition, we value excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship; student-centeredness; and engaged citizenship. Through personal attention and dedicated faculty and staff, our students become leaders and the best in their fields, professions, and communities.

Programs

The University of Michigan-Flint has a vast array of educational opportunities for students. The university is a destination for students with concrete career plans, but also allows students to explore their various educational and professional options. It is a university where students can explore their future, and then begin to build it. A full listing of available degree programs, including dual degree programs, is available here 

The College of Arts, Sciences & Education offers over 40 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as programs for State of Michigan certification in secondary teaching. These programs lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Arts in Art Administration, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Educational Technology, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

The College of Health Sciences prepares students for careers in health related fields by offering degrees that lead to the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Public Health, Health Sciences, Exercise Science, Health Information Technology, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, and Social Work; Master of Science in Health Services Administration and Health Care Management, Physician Assistant, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Doctor of Anesthesia Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Ph. D. in Physical Therapy degrees, as well as a number of dual degree doctoral programs. 

The School of Management is an AACSB-accredited professional school offering programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in eight major options, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics, and in Supply Chain Management (MS), and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degrees. 

The School of Nursing offers four undergraduate academic pathways leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree: Traditional BSN; Accelerated Second Degree BSN; Veterans to BSN; and RN to BSN. The SON offers the following graduate academic pathways: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Doctor of Nursing Practice/Business Administration (DNP/MBA) dual degree; and Post-Graduate Certificates in Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator.

The College of Innovation and Technology offers four-year bachelor’s degrees in technology and prepares students for careers in such industries as digital design, digital technology, automotive, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, health care, aerospace, cybersecurity, and other sectors. The graduate degree programs include Master of Science degrees in Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Data Science, Digital Transformation, Human-Centered Design, Smart Manufacturing, Software Engineering; Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (MSE), as well as a doctoral program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Computing. 

In addition to these programs, the University of Michigan-Flint offers the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in American Culture, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Arts in Arts Administration through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan-Flint makes its academic programs available throughout the year by operating on a calendar that includes fall, winter and summer semesters. Courses are offered throughout the year in the late afternoon and evening as well as during daytime hours, online and mixed formats. Additional course offerings are available on Saturdays during the fall, winter, and summer terms.

 

History

In an 1837 letter to family back east, Ann Arbor resident Sarah C. Miles Case wrote, “A branch of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor is to be established in Flint at some future day.”

That day was Sept. 23, 1956, nearly 120 years after Sarah penned the first recorded mention of a University of Michigan-Flint campus. On that autumn morning, 167 students began their first day at Flint Senior College, located where Mott Community College is today.

Owing to the vision, generosity, and leadership of community leaders in Flint and Ann Arbor, the school continued to evolve and adapt to the needs of the community it was established to serve.

In 1970, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited what was then called Flint College. In 1971, the U-M Board of Regents officially changed the institution’s name to the University of Michigan-Flint. That same year, University of Michigan President Robben Fleming appointed the first Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint, William E. Moran.

In the late 1970s, the university began moving to a property in the heart of downtown Flint, building a riverfront campus with a small collection of buildings, including the Classroom Office Building (affectionately known as CROB to UM-Flint Alumni), the Harding Mott University Center, and the Recreation Center. As student enrollment grew, the Murchie Science Building opened in 1988, and in 2021, a new wing for expanded STEM courses opened. A gift from benefactor Frances Willson Thompson led to the building of the striking Thompson Library in 1994. In 2001, UM-Flint expanded north for the first time with the opening of the William S. White Building, which houses health classrooms and labs. Today, the modern and inviting campus spans over 70 acres along the Flint River. 

As a community partner, the university has acquired existing buildings throughout the downtown area and turned them into viable parts of the campus over time. These spaces include the University Pavilion, Northbank Center, and the Riverfront Conference Center. 

In 2006, UM-Flint celebrated 50 Years of Excellence. The university finally became a residential campus in 2008 when 300 students moved into the First Street Residence Hall, and a second residence hall was added, with the addition of the Riverfront Residence Hall in 2015. 

Today, more than 6,000 students are enrolled at UM-Flint and pursue more than 70 areas of study. Five central academic units, consisting of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, the School of Management, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the College of Innovation & Technology offer students various degree programs. 

Professors pour their expertise and creativity into developing research and service-learning projects that match course curricula with the world’s most pressing issues. These projects bring learning to life, address community needs, and fulfill students’ desires to contribute to the common good. This dedication to service has earned UM-Flint many accolades. In 2010 and again in 2019, UM-Flint received the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Civic Engagement. Then, in 2012, UM-Flint was selected as the first recipient of the “Engaged Campus of Year Award” presented by the Michigan Campus Compact.

In 2016, UM-Flint marked its 60th anniversary, celebrating its position as one of only three campuses of the world-renowned University of Michigan. Today, the campus continues to transform as it grows academically with new undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, expanding partnerships with local and regional entities and industries, and remains committed to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion by making an affordable, accessible education possible to the community.

Educational Objectives

“Engaging Minds, Preparing Leaders through Academic Excellence, Student Centeredness, and Engaged Citizenship” is the vision of the University of Michigan-Flint. The University subscribes to the following mission: The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive urban university of diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities.  In the University of Michigan tradition, we value excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship; student centeredness; and engaged citizenship.  Through personal attention and dedicated faculty and staff, our students become leaders and best in their fields, professions and communities.

The University of Michigan-Flint, organized originally as the Flint College of the University of Michigan, is one of three campuses of the University of Michigan. From its founding in 1956, the University of Michigan-Flint has represented the combined efforts of the University, the State of Michigan, and the Flint community to develop and maintain a distinguished educational program for young people and adults of outstanding ambition, ability, and potential for leadership.

Students at the Flint campus benefit from association with the entire University of Michigan system while also enjoying the many advantages of a smaller institution. At the University of Michigan-Flint, the student is the center of attention. Individual growth and intellectual development are encouraged through close and often informal association between faculty and students.

The urban setting of the campus and the need for competently trained professionals in education, government, business, technology, arts, and health and human services fields, among others, have led to the creation of a variety of programs. These programs have been designed to provide professional training supported with a well-rounded general education curricula, so that students can develop the knowledge, intellectual skills, values and attitudes which will help them make thoughtful and informed judgments about their experiences.

 

Accreditation and Assessment

The University of Michigan-Flint is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Program-level accreditation is maintained by many University of Michigan-Flint programs in affiliation with: the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (AOTA), American Chemical Society (ACS), Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Commission on Accreditation in Respiratory Care (CoARC), Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP), Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association for the Schools of Music (NASM).

Grounded in the principles of student-centered learning, our Assessment Program supports the institution’s mission to strive for excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship. The program provides evidence of the knowledge, skills, and perspectives that students achieve as a result of their education at the University of Michigan-Flint. In gathering and analyzing the evidence of our teaching effectiveness, we are able to improve the institution’s programs through reflective, sound decision-making, enabling the University of Michigan-Flint to prepare students as leaders in their fields, in their professions, and in their communities.

Assessment of student learning and achievement is a campus-wide endeavor that presents a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to provide valuable feedback to all academic programs. Its primary purpose is to help understand and improve teaching and learning at the University of Michigan-Flint. Secondarily, it is used to support accreditation, research, grant funding, and other external purposes. The University encourages everyone to accept the responsibility and opportunity to participate in this important process. Additional information on assessment is available at http://assessment.umflint.edu.

University of Michigan Board of Regents

Jordan B. Acker, Southfield
Michael J. Behm, Flint
Mark J. Bernstein, Ann Arbor
Paul W. Brown, Ann Arbor
Sarah Hubbard, Okemos
Denise Ilitch, Bingham Farms
Ron Weiser, Ann Arbor
Katherine E. White, Ann Arbor
Santa Ono, ex officio

University of Michigan Executive Officers

Santa Ono, President of the University

Thomas A. Baird, Vice President for Development

Geoffrey S. Chatas, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sally J. Churchill, Vice President and Secretary of the University

Rebecca Cunningham, Vice President for Research

Donna Fry, Interim Chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint

Domenico Grasso, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life

Richie C. Hunter, Vice President for Communications

Chris Kolb, Vice President for Government Relations

Timothy G. Lynch, Vice President and General Counsel

Laurie McCauley, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ravi Pendse, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Marschall S. Runge, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs

University of Michigan-Flint Executive Officers

Donna Fry, Interim Chancellor

Yener Kandogan, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Christopher Giordano, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Gerald Glasco, Interim Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Shari Schrader, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Academic Deans

Sapna Thwaite, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Lori Vedder, Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Success

 

Jeannette Stein, Interim Dean, College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Christopher Douglas, Acting Associate Dean, College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Shan Parker, Acting Dean, College of Health Sciences

Allon Goldberg, Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences

Chris Pearson, Dean, College of Innovation and Technology

Marouane Kessentini, Associate Dean, College of Innovation and Technology

Yener Kandogan, Interim Dean, School of Management

Keith Kelley, Associate Dean, School of Management

Cynthia McCurren, Dean, School of Nursing

 

Emeritus Faculty

Paul A. Adams, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology 

Lois L. Alexander, Professor Emerita of Music

Charles G. Apple, Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication

Roy C. Barnes, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Anita Barry, Professor Emerita of Linguistics

Janice G. Bernsten, Associate Professor Emerita of Linguistics

Donald Boys, Associate Professor Emeritus of Physics

Mary E. Cox, Professor Emerita of Physics and Engineering

Donald E. DeGraaf, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Harry J. D’Souza, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics 

Charles E. Dunlop, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Hani I. Fakhouri, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology 

Thomas C. Foster, Professor Emeritus of English

Harry Frank, Professor Emeritus of Psychology 

Lauren D. Friesen, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Theatre

Carolyn M. Gillespie, Professor Emerita of Theatre 

Peter R. Gluck, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Richard Gull, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Kristina D. Hansen, Associate Professor Emerita of Mathematics

Robert W. Heywood, Professor Emeritus of History 

Richard Hill-Rowley, Associate Professor Emeritus of Earth & Resource Science

Scott Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Marketing

Charles A. Jones, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Martin M. Kaufman, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Earth & Resource Sciences

Larry M. King, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Linda D. Knecht, Clinical Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing

Larry W. Koch, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Judith J. Kollmann, Professor Emerita of English

Robert M. Kren, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Lawrence D. Kugler, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Neil O. Leighton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Marsha L. Lesley, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing

William J. Lockwood, Professor Emeritus of English 

William A. Marsh, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Physical Geography

Marilyn R. McFarland, David M. French Professor & Professor Emerita of Nursing

Renate McLaughlin, Provost & Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Emerita & Professor Emerita of Mathematics

Juan E. Mestas, Chancellor Emeritus & Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages

William J. Meyer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Douglas E. Miller, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art & German

Tevfik Nas, Professor Emeritus of Economics

Paul E. O’Donnell, Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages

L. Nathan Oaklander, David M. French Professor and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Mary E. Periard, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing

Mark J. Perry, Professor Emeritus of Finance

Paul K. Peterson, Associate Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Albert C. Price, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Wesley D. Rae, Professor Emeritus of English

Randall L. Repic, Professor Emeritus of Earth & Resource Sciences

Theodosia S. Robertson, Associate Professor Emerita of History

Lois M. Rosen, Professor Emerita of English

Judy V. Rosenthal, Professor Emerita in Anthropology

A. Raymond Roth, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music

Kathryn Schellenberg, Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology

Kenneth E. Schilling, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

John B. Schroeder, Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Suzanne Selig, Professor Emerita of Health Care

R. Shantaram, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Ronald E. Silverman, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Beverley A. Smith, Associate Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Robert W. Stach, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Lawrence R. Stump, Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus of Public Health & Health Sciences

Frederic Svoboda, Professor Emeritus of English

Dale J. Trela, Professor Emeritus of English

Harriet M. Wall, Professor Emerita of Psychology

Victor K. Wong, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Lung-Chiang Wu, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Matthew Wyneken, Associate Professor Emeritus of Education

Jacqueline L. Zeff, Professor Emeritus of English 

 

 

UM-Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff listings may be found through the Campus Directory https://www.umflint.edu/search-directory/.

For More Information

Flint, Michigan 48502-2186
(810) 762-3000
M-Formation Line
(810) 767-1UMF

The University of Michigan-Flint welcomes inquiries in person, by telephone, or by mail.  All University offices may be reached by dialing (810) 762-3000, or you may dial offices directly by using the numbers below.

Visits

Visitors are welcome on campus at any time during normal business hours. Those interested in admission should call the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for an appointment.

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

The University of Michigan, including the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint campuses as well as Michigan Medicine, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office (ECRT) as follows:

  • Sex/Gender Identity/Gender Expression/Sexual Orientation, including sexual misconduct:

    ECRT Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Director and Title IX Coordinator

  • Disability:

    ECRT Disability Director and ADA Coordinator

  • Race/Color/National Origin/Age/Marital Status/Religion/ Height/Weight/Veteran Status:

    ECRT Civil Rights Director

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the above individuals at:

  • Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office

    2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388, ecrtoffice@umich.edu

  • Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office

    1114 Administration Building, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-2405, 313-436-9194, ECRT-Dearborn@umich.edu

  • Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office

    1000 Northbank Center 432 North Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48502-1950, (810) 237-6517, UMFlintECRT@umich.edu

Title IX Notice: Sex discrimination is prohibited by federal law through Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University of Michigan does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates, including admissions and employment. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against reporters of sex discrimination, including reports of sex discrimination against administrators and other employees, and the University of Michigan will investigate alleged retaliation for participation in the Title IX process. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be made to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education. Reports of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, may be made to the Title IX Coordinator at any time at the contact information above.

For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.