Preparing for the Future



Criterion 2: The organization’s allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.

Since being established in 1817, the University of Michigan has worked to unearth, preserve, and interpret the past in ways that scholars and students at major research universities are well suited to do, while at the same time continuously looking ahead to the demands and many opportunities the future holds. The University accomplishes these connected goals through three major strategies, as linked to the Higher Learning Commission criteria:

  1. By making plans and decisions at all levels of the University about how to address issues and explore new opportunities.
  2. By monitoring and committing a full range of University resources—its funding, its people, and its physical infrastructure—toward meeting its mission and looking ahead.
  3. By gathering and using a wealth of information about the University to assess, reflect upon, and improve what we do within the context of our mission.

In this section, we will provide an array of evidence of the University’s continuous cycles of planning, decisionmaking, and assessment. We especially highlight the University’s fiscal, human resources, and facilities infrastructure. Together, these resources allow the University to meet its mission while planning continually for the future. Since units undertake planning within the context of meeting the University’s mission, we address core components 2a and 2d in one section below.