Objective 1

Primary Constituents
Primary DE&I Goal
Other Applicable Domains

Five-Year Strategic Objective 1

Continue and improve implementation of the Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) program to help increase diversity in master’s and doctoral students across Rackham programs.

  • Includes students who meet the RMF eligibility criteria: from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan; a demonstrated, sustained commitment to diversity and equity in the U.S. context related to race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status, in the academic, professional, or civic realm through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community; a first generation graduate from a 4-year college or first-generation U.S. citizen; and/or from families that have experienced financial hardship)

Measures of Success for Objective 1

  • Number of graduate programs participating in the RMF program (master’s and doctoral)
  • Number of RMF-eligible applicants selected/admitted by programs; within and across Rackham divisions, schools/colleges/units, graduate programs
  • Diversity in student enrollment data across master’s and doctoral programs (with regard to those meeting RMF-eligibility criteria, along with historically underrepresented minorities and women in historically underrepresented fields)
  • Student outcomes (e.g., first year persistence; completion rate) for RMF students that are similar to non-RMF domestic students
  • Clarified mechanism for graduate students who are new to U-M and have been long-term residents of the state to obtain in-state residency (e.g., in the context of DACA students)

FY17 Actions

  • Continue raising awareness to programs (in meetings/interactions with chairs/directors, Rackham Faculty Allies, other program faculty and staff) about the RMF program and the benefits of using it strategically to build the graduate student population
  • Continue education of faculty and staff (those involved in admissions and RMF allocations for their programs, as well as faculty reviewers of RMF nominations) around understanding Proposal 2, the accurate and most effective use and application of RMF eligibility criteria in the RMF allocation and nomination process
  • Continue development of policy and practices that incentivize programs’ appropriate and effective use of the RMF in matriculating diverse students and in supporting RMF student success on campus (e.g., RMF competition, RMF allocation review process, linking of RMF success outcomes to programs’ RMF access and other program funding)