Objective 4

Primary Constituents
Primary DE&I Goal
Other Applicable Domains
Inclusive Climate, Retention

Five-Year Strategic Objective 4

Support development and improvement of the Bridges to Doctorate (“Bridges”) master’s program model for recruitment of historically underrepresented students to U-M doctoral programs; disseminate program as model of effective recruitment and mentoring for all students

Measures of Success for Objective 4

  • Number of Bridges programs (continuing and new)
  • Increases in diverse students applying to Bridges programs
  • Number of students from U-M Bridges master’s programs applying to and matriculating to U-M Ph.D. programs
  • Bridges student satisfaction indicators (e.g., from ADVANCE and Rackham surveys, interviews)
  • Increase in numbers of students from underrepresented backgrounds applying directly to the Ph.D. in departments with Bridges programs (beyond the Bridges master’s students)
  • Bridges programs use of “best practices” in their recruitment, mentoring, and academic/professional supports of Bridges students
  • Ph.D. completion and career outcomes of Bridges students

FY17 Actions

  • Continue annual reporting and discussion of Bridges program outcomes (Number of Bridges master’s graduates, number of Bridges students matriculating to U-M Ph.D. programs) with department and college leadership, Bridges Advisory Board, and Rackham personnel connected to Bridges program; provide copies of Bridges outcomes reports generated
  • Include department chairs and graduate chairs in discussions of Bridges progress; e.g., meet with department chairs at least once per year, invite to selected Advisory Board meetings, provide copies of Bridges outcomes reports generated
  • Continue use of practices, policies, and funding/resources that function to incentivize departments’ use of Bridges programs for recruitment of diverse students to U-M Ph.D. programs (e.g., Bridges master’s funding, RMFs for matriculating Ph.D. students)
  • Continue regular meetings with Bridges leadership (Bridges faculty directors) to support their functioning as a learning and supportive community to one another, for problem-solving and trouble-shooting, and sharing ideas and strategies
  • Continue evaluation of Bridges students’ experiences (e.g., ADVANCE surveys and interviews with current Bridges students); Plan and implement expanded evaluation of Bridges program to include follow-up of Bridges graduates in Ph.D. programs at U-M and elsewhere
  • Continue and complete development of “Bridges Program Guiding Principles” (“best practices” based on national and local data and practices), including input from program faculty, staff, and students. Use guide as basis for evaluation of current Bridges programs and for supporting the development of new proposals of Bridges programs.