All new academic programs leading to a new degree or new field of study (concentration or major) must undergo an internal and external review process before the program can be implemented and marketed to potential students. Depending on the specifics of the degree program and field of study, new programs may also require approval by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the University’s Board of Regents. Finally, all new programs must also undergo external review through the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU).
One of the most distinctive features of the University of Michigan is our culture of collaboration. This culture is supported to a great extent by the University’s institutes, centers, and interdisciplinary initiatives. The Office of the Provost has identified best practices, attributes, and structures within these units, helping them to continue to be vibrant, productive, successful, and efficient. A list of current centers and institutes is also available here.
The Office of the Provost, under the supervision of the Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, is responsible for allocating and overseeing General Fund space on the Ann Arbor campus. The office assists units with capital planning and space management, allocation, and utilization to ensure that campus space fulfills the University’s academic and research missions.