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A2, Flint engineering agreement guarantees admission

The U-M-Flint and Ann Arbor campuses have formed a partnership to foster success among promising students by increasing the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees granted to non-traditional students by both institutions. The agreement provides U-M-Flint College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students with a guaranteed transfer admission into the Ann Arbor College of Engineering (CoE), provided the students meet transfer requirements.
Left to right: Anthony England, associate dean, College of Engineering, David Munson, dean, CoE, Jack Kay, U-M-Flint acting chancellor, D.J. Trela, dean, U-M-Flint College of Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Mel Serow, U-M-Flint)

The partnership builds on several existing programs across both campuses that include collaborative educational, outreach and advising/mentoring programs. Best practices will be used to form a seamless web of student support, officials from the campuses say.

The first two to three years will consist of completion of early coursework at U-M-Flint in CAS. The course of study will include distance learning, joint advising and mentorship programs in partnership with the Ann Arbor campus, and will offer students the advantages of the teaching-focused learning environment that U-M-Flint offers.

"In addition, students will be afforded exchange opportunities between campuses to build familiarity, confidence and a sense of community. This is a win-win program for our students and U-M-Flint," says Jack Kay, U-M-Flint acting chancellor. "We are proud of what we have to offer on the Flint campus and now, our students will also have the Ann Arbor experience."

At the end of the second year, students will be provided the option to transfer directly to the CoE (2+2 program) or remain a third year at U-M-Flint to pursue a dual degree program in science or mathematics, coupled with an engineering degree from Ann Arbor (3+2 program) in one of 15 disciplines.

"The one thing that will guarantee outsourcing is if we don't produce more engineers and computer scientists in the U.S.," said David C. Munson, Jr., Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering.

Leaders say these programs will serve as a model for broader participation in all STEM fields, as well as a pathway concept for institutions with similar central-regional campus structures.

"We see this agreement as part of a growing collaboration between the three campuses of the University of Michigan," said D. J. Trela, dean of U-M-Flint CAS.

Recruitment and admissions personnel from both campuses have worked closely to delineate an articulation agreement to ease the transfer process for students, and design a cooperative/joint admission process between campuses, leaders say.

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