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UM-Flint moves forward on Flint Promise

The University of Michigan-Flint recently signed a memorandum of understanding that officially made the school a full partner to the Flint Promise Scholarship. Beginning this fall, students will be able to come directly to UM-Flint after graduating high school. The Flint Promise scholarship program is for graduates of Flint high schools and GED programs covering the cost of tuition, books and other mandatory fees, after federal grants and other scholarships have been applied. It allows eligible students to attend participating colleges at little to no cost, increasing access to higher education for Flint students. Before the memorandum of understanding, students had to earn an associate’s degree or transfer certificate from Mott Community College to transfer into UM-Flint, where they could extend the scholarship in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Established in 2018, the Flint Promise is a collaborative partnership between the Flint community and Mott Community College, Kettering University and UM-Flint. To learn more, visit

Proposals sought for Academic Innovation Fund

The Office of Academic Innovation is issuing a call for proposals from faculty and full-time regular staff across the Ann Arbor campus to increase the diversity, equity and inclusivity of U-M’s learners and learning experience. Academic Innovation’s areas of focus include online and hybrid learning experiences, educational technology tools to support online and residential learning, and educational data and research. Proposals are due May 1. Office hours for potential applicants interested in exploring their ideas will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 at the Office of Academic Innovation, which is located on the eighth floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. For more information, visit

UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint announce commencement speakers

UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint recently announced speakers and schedules for their respective commencement ceremonies. Tony England, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a former NASA scientist-astronaut, will give the commencement address at UM-Dearborn’s ceremony, which starts at 1:30 p.m. April 28 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The student processional will begin at 1 p.m. Sumun L. Pendakur, chief learning officer and director of the Equity Institutes within the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, is the keynote speaker of UM-Flint’s commencement ceremonies, which will take place on April 28 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Rd., Flint. The morning ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff urged to register when traveling abroad

Spring and summer terms are peak time for student, faculty and staff international travel and those doing so are urged to register with the U-M travel registry at The registry’s goal is to quickly and accurately locate all U-M travelers abroad, regardless of how that travel might be managed or funded. Registration is quick and easy, and will also link travelers to the U-M travel abroad health insurance coverage, which is required for university-related travel outside the U.S. The U-M international travel policy, which details requirements for travel registration, insurance enrollment, group travel abroad, and travel to U-M Travel Warning or Restriction destinations, can be viewed on Global Michigan Some U-M units may have additional international travel requirements or registration steps and travelers should consult their administration office for details about additional unit-level measures.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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