U-M again recognized among the world’s top universities
The University of Michigan continues to be ranked among the top higher education institutions in the world, according to the 2022 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings released Nov. 16. U-M was ranked as the third best public university in the United States, the same spot it held last year, and No. 18 overall worldwide, a drop of two places from the 2021 list. The other U.S. institutions to make the top 20 were the University of California, Berkeley (No. 6) and the University of California, Los Angeles (No. 16). According to Times Higher Education, the World Reputation Rankings are created using the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey of experienced, published scholars who offer their views on excellence in research and teaching within their disciplines and at institutions with which they are familiar. The 2022 rankings were based on a survey conducted between November 2021 and February 2022 that received 29,606 responses from 159 countries. View the full list of World Reputation Rankings.
Board of Regents to meet Dec. 8; livestream available
The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in University Hall in the Alexander G. Ruthven Building. Members of the public also will be able to watch a livestream of the meeting at umich.edu/watch/. Those wishing to make comments during the meeting must attend in person. An agenda will be posted at noon Dec. 5 at regents.umich.edu/meetings/agendas/. To offer public comment at the meeting, sign up before 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at regents.umich.edu/meetings/public-comments/form. People with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at 734-763-8194. For more information, go to regents.umich.edu.
UM-Dearborn recognizes more than 80 staff members at ceremony
More than 80 staff members were recognized Nov. 9 during the 2022 Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Awards, the first in-person staff awards since 2019. “Whether it’s getting support from our financial aid team, finding help in the library, or walking safely to class and seeing the beauty of our campus, making sure our websites function and everything in between, our students know they can count on you to guide them on their journey to a degree,” Chancellor Domenico Grasso said. In addition to staff milestone anniversaries, five awards honored individuals or teams who went above and beyond UM-Dearborn’s mission. For more on the ceremony and a list of the honorees.
Consent for Form 1095 tax document begins Nov. 28
Faculty and staff can consent to receive their Form 1095 tax document electronically starting Nov. 28. Some tax preparers require a Form 1095, which verifies that the university offered 2022 health care benefits to an eligible employee, for federal returns, and it is beneficial to retain for personal records. U-M is required to provide copies of Form 1095 in electronic or hard copy format as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. If consent was given previously, that consent remains in effect for future years so no further action is needed. Employees will receive emails about the dates and process for downloading Form 1095 in January. If consent has not been previously given, go to Wolverine Access > Benefits Self Service > Form 1095 Consent. Hard copies will be mailed to those who do not consent to electronic delivery.
REMINDER: Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship applications due soon
Applications for the 2023 cohort of the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship are due by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1. Selected fellows work in partnership with units across campus to foster faculty public engagement at the University of Michigan. The program brings together an interdisciplinary, intergenerational group of faculty members interested in building community and learning from each other and campus experts to effectively engage the public for larger societal impacts. For more information, go to research.umich.edu/public-engagement-faculty-fellowship/peff-application/. The application form is at airtable.com/shrZLyO5wb5vQuRzz.
ISR, partners to study public libraries’ Black History Month programming
Researchers from the Institute for Social Research have received a $750,000 research grant to conduct a survey of Black History Month programming in public libraries across the country. The research team will partner with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association to embark on a three-year project that will be the first systematic, national study to assess the content, scope and factors influencing offerings of Black History Month programming in public libraries. The grant, awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, will allow the research team to conduct a national survey of public libraries to reveal the state of Black History Month programming, and index the complexity of offerings that might range from a single book display to a robust calendar of events. Learn more about the study.
— Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record