Board of Regents of the University of Michigan

Chapter VI. Schools and Colleges: Program Definitions

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Sec. 6.01. General Purpose

The schools and colleges are maintained for the purpose of serving the state and the nation through (1) providing instruction; (2) conducting scholarly investigations and research in those branches of knowledge that form the basis of modern culture, professional practice, and leadership in our business and industrial society; and (3) applying this knowledge to the solution of the problems of our society.

The management of the affairs of the schools and colleges, subject to Regental approval, is placed in the governing faculties, the deans, and the executive committees.

Sec. 6.02. Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs (revised Februrary 2014)

There are 19 schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan, 4 schools and colleges on the Dearborn campus, and 4 schools and colleges on the Flint campus.

The University offers four types of degree programs: Undergraduate ("U"), Rackham graduate ("RG"), non-Rackham graduate ("NRG"), and graduate professional ("GP"). Graduate degrees fall under the aegis of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies or the individual schools and colleges, as indicated below.

The following is a list of the schools and colleges and degree programs offered at each. The Office of the Registrar on each campus maintains an official list of all specific degrees offered at every school and college on that campus.

Ann Arbor Campus
A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (U, NRG, RG)
Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design (U, RG)
Stephen M. Ross School of Business (U, NGR, RG)
School of Dentistry (U, RG, GP)
School of Education (U, RG)
College of Engineering (U, NGR, RG)
School of Kinesiology ((RG)
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (RG)
School of Information (NRG, RG)
School of Kinesiology (U, RG)
Law School (GP)
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (U, RG)
Medical School (GP, RG)
School of Music, Theatre & Dance (U, NRG, RG)
School of Natural Resources and Environment (RG)
School of Nursing (U, RG)
College of Pharmacy (U, RG, GP)
School of Public Health (NRG, RG)
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (U, RG)
School of Social Work (NRG, RG)

The University of Michigan-Dearborn
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (U, RG, NRG)
College of Business (U, NRG)
College of Education, Health, and Human Services (U, NRG, RG)
School of Engineering and Computer Science (U, NRG, RG)

The University of Michigan-Flint
College of Arts and Sciences (U, NRG, RG)
School of Health Professions and Studies (U, NRG)
School of Education and Human Services (U, NRG)
School of Management (U, NRG)

Sec. 6.03. Institutes and Centers (revised April 1995)

Institutes may be established on recommendation by the president as subordinate units of the university, for the purpose of conducting teaching, research, or service activities administratively organized as separate units ordinarily responsible to a major unit of the university. The executive functions of an institute shall be performed by a director and executive committee, appointed by the president, and responsible to the appropriate university officer.

Centers may be established on recommendation by the president for the support of interdisciplinary research, publication, and training in several departments within a school or college. The executive functions of the center shall be performed by a director and executive committee, appointed by the president, and responsible to the dean and executive committee of the college.

Sec. 6.04. Departments

A department is a subdivision of a school or college under an administrative head maintained for the purpose of conducting a curriculum or curricula in a specified field of learning. A department has a separate budget, responsible to the budgetary authorities of the school or college of which it is a part.

Each department shall be organized in such a manner as to provide general participation by staff members in the management of departmental affairs.

Sec. 6.05. Divisions of the University (revised April 2009)

A division of the university may be established by the president and the board on request from faculty members interested in a common substantive field which cuts across administrative lines, for the purpose of coordinating allied interests and activities. In the exercise of its functions, a division shall concern itself with the interrelations of programs of instruction, the encouragement of individual research, the promotion of cooperative investigations, and the performance of extramural services. The functioning agency of a division shall be a general committee representative of the constituent departments and constituted in such a manner as may be deemed appropriate in each division. The individuals constituting the general committee shall be nominated by appropriate agencies of the schools, colleges, and departments.

A division is not an administrative unit. It shall cease to exist when the constituent members do not request appointment of members and officers for the ensuing year. It may be reactivated by a request to the president from former constituent members.

The chair of each division shall be appointed by the president on recommendation of the division members.

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Bylaws updated: October 2016 (Revision of Section 2.13)