and Integrity


Mission and Integrity: Conclusion

The foregoing descriptions related to Mission and Integrity, show an extensive array of strategies by which the University of Michigan pursues its mission to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving, and applying knowledge, art and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. This mission is accomplished with an intentional pursuit of diversity, using governance and administration dedicated to the highest standards of institutional integrity. The heart of the University’s success is a balance between academic decentralization and strong central leadership with respect to mission and support of the schools, colleges, and other units in pursuit of their objectives. This balance has ensured the University’s academic excellence in the past and will do so in the future.

It is gratifying that the University has achieved excellence while remaining an outstanding place to work (see also video). In 2008 the Chronicle of Higher Education conducted a survey of Great Colleges to Work For. They surveyed more than 15,000 administrators, faculty, and staff at 89 colleges and universities on 70 items related to satisfaction with fifteen work benefits. The University of Michigan was ranked in the top five of all large institutions (2,500 or more employees) on matters of collaborative governance. It was also ranked highly for its healthy faculty-administration relations and for faculty confidence in senior leadership. Overall, the University was highly ranked in 13 categories:

  • Healthy Faculty-Administration Relations.
  • Compensation and Benefits.
  • Facilities and Security.
  • Job Satisfaction.
  • Work-Life Balance.
  • Disability Insurance.
  • Vacation or Paid Time Off.
  • 403b or 401k.
  • Career Development.
  • Research and Scholarship.
  • Policies, Resources, and Efficiency.
  • Physical Workspace Conditions.
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership.

This independent assessment confirms that the University’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the campus community to fulfill its mission.