Michigan Undergraduate Education in the Third Century

Task Force


The University of Michigan has a history of over two hundred years of leadership in higher education, providing an unparalleled educational experience for hundreds of thousands of students.

Higher education is evolving at a rapid pace while facing both threats and opportunities from technology, financial realities, political expectations and an increasingly globalized world. As the University begins its third century of research, education and service, it is a good time to take a bold and creative look at what we do in terms of undergraduate education across the schools and colleges, why we do it, and how we might do it even more effectively.

In the winter of 2018, Provost Martin Philbert launched a new university task force to examine what it means to receive an undergraduate education at U-M, today and in the future. As the foundation of its work, the task force will analyze and address several questions, including:

  • What do you see as the key purpose of a UM undergraduate education?

  • What have you found energizing, transformative, disappointing, or frustrating?

  • What exciting educational activities are already going on around campus that we should know about?

Task Force Final Report
March 6, 2019

Additional information about next steps is forthcoming.

Updated 6/2/2021