Online & Hybrid Programs (OHP)

Overview

Join the Center for Academic Innovation as we work to remove barriers of access to exceptional U-M learning experiences and to consider new approaches to engaging with learners at different stages of life and career. We invite academic units to submit proposals to partner with us to develop a fully online or hybrid degree program that is part of degree program portfolio. Strong proposals will identify opportunities where the degree program can be combined with open content to create a variety of pathways for learners to engage as part of the Michigan community. We encourage academic units to embrace strategic rebundling of content and the creation of program portfolios that leverage our strengths in graduate education so we can explore new opportunities and new modes of learning and engagement. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 3, 2021; academic units will have additional opportunities to propose a program in the winter term.

Details

As the University of Michigan broadens our efforts to develop and deliver online and hybrid degrees, there exists a unique opportunity to shape the future of higher education by leading online education into new pathways that meet the needs of a diverse population of lifelong learners. We invite academic units to work with the Center for Academic Innovation as we work to remove barriers of access to exceptional U-M learning experiences and to consider new approaches to engaging with learners at different stages of life and career.

We encourage academic units to explore opportunities to strategically rebundle content to create online program portfolios. The portfolio approach combines degree programs with open learning experiences—such as massive open online courses, a MicroMasters program, or a MasterTrack certificate—to create a variety of pathways for learners to engage as part of the Michigan community. Online program portfolios leverage our institutional and academic unit strengths to explore new opportunities and new modes of interdisciplinary learning and engagement, providing innovative learning experiences of various durations, commitment level, and depth of study. This approach is key to our institutional mission of making high quality learning experiences that promote multidisciplinary problem solving and diversity, equity and inclusion while being affordable, accessible at scale, and available for global and lifelong learners.

Criteria

Academic units should take the following criteria into consideration. These criteria will be used to evaluate and prioritize the use of seed funding for new and exemplary online and hybrid programs.

Strong proposals will:

  • Further establish U-Ms position as a leading institution shaping the future of learning and the future of higher education;
  • Show clear alignment with institutional priorities around multidisciplinary problem solving; global and lifelong learning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and access and affordability;
  • Embrace strategic rebundling and the creation of program portfolios that leverage our strengths in graduate education so we can explore new opportunities and new modes of learning and engagement;
  • Demonstrate pathways to financial sustainability and innovative business models relative to a rapidly changing market landscape;
  • Consider opportunities to leverage optimal centralization/decentralization of capacity in order to ensure excellence and sustainability at the program, portfolio, and institutional level
  • Increase our ability to make high quality learning experiences accessible at scale and available for global and lifelong learners;
  • Address unmet learner/market needs through innovative pedagogy and novel curricular design and student experiences;
  • Demonstrate clear alignment with academic-unit level strategy and reflect areas of existing or emerging strength;
  • Demonstrate clear commitment and readiness of academic unit leadership, faculty, and other key contributors.

Timeline

  • Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 3, 2021; academic units will have additional opportunities to propose a program in the winter term.

Proposal Requirements

  • Eligibility: All academic units are eligible to submit a proposal.
  • Special Considerations for OHP Proposals:
    • Online and Hybrid Program proposals must be accompanied by a letter of support by the proposing School/College’s dean.
    • It is strongly recommended that academic units consult with staff in the Center for Academic Innovation prior to submitting a proposal.

Preparing Your Proposal

Step 1: Request a consultation with Academic Innovation team members by completing the request form at the bottom of the page here.

Step 2: Complete as much of the OHP proposal form as you can.

Step 3: Meet with Academic Innovation team members to discuss your program/portfolio concept and the draft of your proposal.

Step 4: Submit your final proposal via email to aif-proposals@umich.edu with the subject line “Online and Hybrid Programs Call”

Proposal Form: Online and Hybrid Program Proposal Form