For nearly 200 years, the University of Michigan has provided an unparalleled experience for hundreds of thousands of students. With stellar faculty in every field, the University has created an academic atmosphere that is enlightening, worldly, transformative and accessible to all. Renowned U-M President James B. Angell best defined the experience as “an uncommon education for the common man.”
It is this ethos that shapes Michigan students, both in and out of the classroom. As the University prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the President and Provost have established the Third Century Initiative (TCI), a $50 million/five- year initiative to develop innovative, multi-disciplinary teaching and scholarship approaches.
The goal of the initiative is to stimulate creative thinking among students and faculty, and develop programs that will intensify student immersive experiences in and beyond the classroom.
The Third Century Initiative is a powerful testament to our belief in the excellence and creativity of the human capital that is the University of Michigan. This multi- year investment will deliver new leaders and new ideas for an unpredictable, changing world, and will be a critical, relevant contribution to society.
As part of this initiative, the University launched M-Cubed, a two-year program to seed interdisciplinary research projects that are innovative, high-risk and transformative. The Learning Analytics Task Force announced its grant programs. And, two faculty committees (the Student Learning Advisory Committee and the Global Challenges Advisory Committee) are charged with providing recommendations to the president and provost regarding the allocation of funding for the action-based learning and global challenges components.