We will be nationally recognized as a metropolitan intellectual workshop.
III. Deepen Academic Excellence

The university is committed to continuous improvement of the effectiveness of its academic programs. The world of knowledge changes rapidly, and the faculty and staff of the university are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of knowledge in the sciences, humanities and professional disciplines. 

Strong academic programs led by a highly accomplished faculty have always been a hallmark of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Innovations in the curriculum for freshman students, including the freshman seminar program and an innovative “learning community” initiative, permit the faculty to quickly establish strong learning relationships with their students.

Today we continue to expand our curriculum to offer the programs that our students need. The UM-Dearborn program in health psychology is a recent example, and our Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems is pioneering work in product development, design and manufacturing of new generation vehicles.

Through special fundraising for faculty support and new undergraduate and graduate programs, the university has committed to nurture this expertise, not only for the good of the university, but for the large communities we serve regionally and nationally.

Science, Learning, and Research Center

Science students and students planning to become K-12 science teachers will benefit from UM-Dearborn’s Science Learning and Research Center, which opened in September 2006. The design of the building was planned to allow students to conduct meaningful investigations in a community where faculty are committed to seeing students as partners in learning.

“All of my students are required to participate in original research projects. That’s where all initiatives really begin and end. Our new degree program, Master of Science in Health Psychology, is not just a basic science or research program.  It’s clearly an applied program that meets very specific needs.”

-Dr. Richard Straub
  Chair, Behavioral Sciences