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1 Joint Degree Programs from the Perspective of Ann Arbor … Oh, Brave New World Coimbra Group BALANCE Seminar University of Barcelona December 2007

2 Great public US research university… what does this represent? Mission derives from elements of Humboldt and British models Mission derives from elements of Humboldt and British models Comprehensive: both research-intensive and professional training programs Comprehensive: both research-intensive and professional training programs Institutional virtue means balancing responsiveness and autonomy: twin imperatives of market/public value and faculty-driven research Institutional virtue means balancing responsiveness and autonomy: twin imperatives of market/public value and faculty-driven research

3 Faculty & students are network builders More than 20% of U-Ms 4,800 faculty come from 84 countries – Engineering: over 28%Engineering: over 28% Literature, Science and the Arts: nearly 28%Literature, Science and the Arts: nearly 28% Business: over 27%Business: over 27% Fall 2007 admissions Over 40% of 17,000 + graduate applicants were international studentsOver 40% of 17,000 + graduate applicants were international students One third of applicants accepting offers were international students,One third of applicants accepting offers were international students,

4 Rackham Graduate School as academic hub…

5 Not all are Rackham students… 2005 graduate & graduate-professional enrollments

6 2005 Rackham enrollments by school and college

7 2005 Rackham enrollments PhD 67%/4,732 MA (mostly engineers) 33%/2,299

8 Collaborative degrees: a rising tide 29% of respondents had at least one collaborative degree with international institution 29% of respondents had at least one collaborative degree with international institution 56% of top 50 institutions with largest international enrollments had international collaborative degree program 56% of top 50 institutions with largest international enrollments had international collaborative degree program 24% plan to set up joint degree within next 2 years 24% plan to set up joint degree within next 2 years Kenneth Redd, Findings from the 2007 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey. Phase II: Final Applications and Initial Offers of Admission, CGS Research Report, August 2007

9 Impetus for internationaliztion by degrees… Reposition globally for long-term payoff Reposition globally for long-term payoff Link grad education with distributed research collaborations Link grad education with distributed research collaborations Leverage complementarities: faculty expertise, curriculum, professional training opportunities, research facilities, etc. Leverage complementarities: faculty expertise, curriculum, professional training opportunities, research facilities, etc. Enhance reputation for innovation and attract best students Enhance reputation for innovation and attract best students Secure position within emerging networks of global graduate education Secure position within emerging networks of global graduate education

10 Sine qua non… Both senior leadership and key faculty responsible for success Both senior leadership and key faculty responsible for success Mutual understanding of core interests of each partner Mutual understanding of core interests of each partner Persuade stake-holders: trustees, faculty, students, alumni, public Persuade stake-holders: trustees, faculty, students, alumni, public

11 Finding a good translator… Learn how leadership works Learn how leadership works Understand the academic culture Understand the academic culture Figure out operational practices Figure out operational practices Discover which agencies authorize and back institutional decisions Discover which agencies authorize and back institutional decisions Assess sustainability frankly Assess sustainability frankly Resolve meaning of equitable participation Resolve meaning of equitable participation

12 Harmony in program & policy… Governance and reporting lines Governance and reporting lines Dividing costs and revenues Dividing costs and revenues Designation of affiliated faculty Designation of affiliated faculty Admission criteria (and values) Admission criteria (and values) Curriculum/course approvals Curriculum/course approvals PhD milestones PhD milestones Standards for evaluating students Standards for evaluating students Shared responsibility for mentoring Shared responsibility for mentoring Standards of academic conduct and procedures for handling grievances Standards of academic conduct and procedures for handling grievances Establishing regular program reviews Establishing regular program reviews

13 Challenges and cautions Dont mistake a good idea for a strategy Dont mistake a good idea for a strategy Search for durable partnerships in an uncertain global market in transition Search for durable partnerships in an uncertain global market in transition Avoid unfunded obligations and liabilities Avoid unfunded obligations and liabilities Minimize reputational hazard: oversight Minimize reputational hazard: oversight Our other rules (export controls, institutional review boards, institutional reaccreditation) meet their other rules Our other rules (export controls, institutional review boards, institutional reaccreditation) meet their other rules Faculty time is finite and precious Faculty time is finite and precious Building relationship to maturity over time and distance requires long-term commitment and good-will at all levels Building relationship to maturity over time and distance requires long-term commitment and good-will at all levels

14 John B. Godfrey Rackham Graduate School University of Michigan


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