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Professor Moldwin named co-chair on new undergraduate education task force

Posted: February 6, 2018

Professor Moldwin named co-chair on new undergraduate education task force

Climate & Space Professor Mark Moldwin has been named co-chair, along with LSA Professor Anne Curzan, of a new task force created by University of Michigan Provost Martin A. Philbert. The "Task Force on a Michigan Undergraduate Education in The Third Century" is charged with examining what it means to receive an undergraduate education at U-M, today and in the future. 

In statement to the University Record, Provost Philbert spoke to the mission of the task force: 

"For the last 200 years, the University of Michigan has prepared undergraduates to be leaders and public servants in society. As the university embarks on its third century amid a rapidly changing landscape in higher education, we must seek to understand how we deliver this vital service and how we might shape instruction and the undergraduate experience for the future."

The group is expected to work on understanding all aspects of undergraduate education. Toward that end, the task force will consider the following questions: 

  • What is the university's role in preparing an informed and educated citizenry?
  • What makes a U-M undergraduate education distinctive.
  • To what extent do university members share or want to share a set of core principles and goals for undergraduate education across U-M's schools and colleges?
  • How does a shared set of goals impact curriculum and teaching?

The task force will work until this coming June, and then present a preliminary report to the provost.

Read the full announcement here: http://record.umich.edu/articles/provosts-task-force-study-undergraduate-education