Accreditation Working Groups

Overview

Accreditation Working Groups:
Charges and Memberships

We took advantage of the 2010 re-accreditation self-study process by identifying a set of important topics that reflect the criteria for accreditation, but that are also of intrinsic interest to the University of Michigan. The formation of accreditation working groups (AWGs) provided us with a structure to identify questions we wish to explore, to engage people across campus in discussion over those questions, and to consider and formulate strategies for action. Each AWG broadly links to accreditation criteria, while focusing on aspects that are of greatest relevance to the campus.

The five working group topics are:

  • The student learning environment
  • The University's knowledge environment and roles of research, professional and creative activities
  • The University’s engagement, service, and outreach activities
  • The academic dimensions of internationalization
  • The organizational dimensions of internationalization

The Student Learning Environment

Chair: Eric Dey†, Professor of Education, School of Education.
† Deceased

Charge: Assessing how and why our educational programs contribute to the learning and development of our students is an important concern at the University of Michigan, and we wish to expand on our collective understanding of the wide range of related activities. The accreditation working group on the learning environment seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of the current conditions of and opportunities for developing effective programs of educational assessment at the University. The goal of the group is not simply to identify and showcase the best and most promising assessment practices on campus, but also to uncover the current range of ongoing activities, and to uncover both barriers and enabling mechanisms.

Drawing upon faculty from various academic programs the working group seeks to identify and learn from a broad range of expertise embedded within the University community. The effort is made more complex by the distributed nature of the University and by assessment efforts that span the range of our enterprise. Such efforts include the work of individual educators, efforts aligned with academic majors and programs, and efforts in the Schools and Colleges. As such, the working group will connect to faculty colleagues who are currently engaging in (or interested in developing) assessment work, but also to individuals working in critical educational support roles throughout the University, including student affairs personnel, learning support staff, assessment and technical experts. (Mapping to Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching. The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.)

Membership:
James Cogswell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Art, School of Art & Design.
Brian Coppola, Associate Chair and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Deborah Goldberg, Chair and Elzada U. Clover Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Pat Gurin, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Rajesh Mangrulkar, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education, Medical School.
Perry Samson, Associate Chair and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, College of Engineering.
Richard Tolman, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work.

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The University's Knowledge Environment and Roles of Research, Professional and Creative Activities

Chair: June Howard, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature, American Culture and Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Charge: The University promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students through inquiry, creativity, practice and social responsibility. The working group on the knowledge environment will explore the distinctive role of research, professional and creative practices at the University. These activities are intertwined, in many ways and at every level, with our educational work. Knowledge production is not only responsive to changing social needs, but is also itself an engine of change. The working group will examine how understandings of our research mission are consistent or varied across the campus; what is distinctive or even unique about the knowledge environment at the University of Michigan; how research and creative practices are integrated in graduate, professional, and undergraduate education. It will work to identify key emerging trends and opportunities. (Mapping to Criterion 4: Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge. The organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.)

Membership:
Mark Burns, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.
Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Distinguished University Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Jane Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology, Ross School of Business, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Scott Page, Leonard Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Political Science, Complex Systems, and Economics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
James Shayman, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, Medical School.
John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian, University Library.
Marianetta Porter, Professor of Art, School of Art & Design, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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The University's Engagement, Outreach and Service Activities

Chair: Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, and Director of the Ginsberg Center.

Charge: The University cares deeply how its work intersects with the lives of individuals and organizations on and off campus, through local, state, national and international interactions and endeavors. The societal value of our activities is deep and we interact with a great number of individuals and groups. After defining our constituents and their needs, a dialogue about the services of the University is needed to map effective engagement and outreach activities. The working group on the University’s engagement and service activities will explore the role of engagement and service activities in our educational, research, professional, and creative endeavors, and how they benefit and serve the needs of our constituents and their communities. (Mapping to Criterion 5: Engagement and Service. As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.)

Membership:
Julie Ellison, Professor of English and American Culture and Art & Design, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and School of Art & Design.
Anthony England, Associate Dean and Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, College of Engineering.
Lorraine Gutierrez, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology, and Social Work, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and School of Social Work.
Barbara Israel, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health.
Richard Redman, Assistant Dean and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing.
Alford Young, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology, Afroamerican and African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Thomas Kinnear, Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Marketing, Ross School of Business.

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Internationalizing the University: Academic Dimensions

Chair: Mark Tessler, Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Vice Provost for International Affairs, and Director of the International Institute.

Charge: An increasingly interconnected world demands that our students be aware of and appreciate its social and cultural diversity. Developing students’ global awareness calls for campus discussion and, perhaps, enrichment and refinement of the teaching and research goals of the University of Michigan. Operating in today’s global environment requires ever greater attention to developing the knowledge and skills both of faculty and of students in our undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The accreditation working group on the academic dimensions of internationalization will explore the academic needs and goals born of a broadened international perspective, and will work toward strengthening our students’ international exposure and experience. Understanding of global perspectives can be achieved, for example, through curricular innovations and education abroad experiences, each of which poses both opportunities and challenges. The working group will explore these opportunities and challenges, suggesting possibilities for action where appropriate, with a view toward sustaining, expanding and bringing increased distinction of the international dimension of the University’s mission. (Mapping to Special-Emphasis Study on Internationalization)

Membership:
Kathleen Canning, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, Women's Studies, and Germanic Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Alan Deardorff, John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics, Economics and Public Policy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Associate Dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Mary Gallagher, Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Daniel Herwitz, Professor of History of Art, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Art & Design, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and School of Art & Design.
James Holloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, and Associate Dean, College of Engineering.
Peggy McCracken, Professor of French, Romance Languages, and Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Associate Dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
Rachel Snow, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health.

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Internationalizing the University: Organizational Dimensions

Chair: John Greisberger, Director of the International Center

Charge: Offering expanded opportunities for our students to experience today’s interconnected world places new organizational demands on the supporting infrastructure at the University of Michigan. Whereas thousands of undergraduate and graduate students already have international educational experiences, the expectation that their numbers will significantly increase requires a campus-wide analysis of the existing support structures and especially of our future needs. The accreditation working group on the organizational dimensions of internationalization will examine the current structures in support of a wide array of international activities including study, research, internships and service abroad, international students and visiting scholars, and collaborations with other institutions. The group will also focus on the expected increase in international activities during the coming decade. (Mapping to Special-Emphasis Study on Internationalization)

Membership:
Amy Conger, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education, and Director of International Programs, College of Engineering.
Evans Young, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Amy Kehoe, Academic and Research Program Officer Associate, International Institute.
David Baum, Assistant Dean and Senior Manager of Student Affairs, Law School.
Joseph Trumpey, Associate Professor of Art, and Natural Resources, School of Art & Design, and School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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