Advancing Undergraduate Education Symposia Series: Preparation is Key | College Readiness & Preparedness

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST


“Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not”

As colleges and universities focus attention on student enrollment and affordability, we know that for many students access to a quality education remains a privilege. The Advancing Undergraduate Education Symposia Series will explore the ways in which the University of Michigan can extend academic excellence while advancing equitable access to an undergraduate education. 

Throughout the year the series will create spaces for conversations on collective work to cultivate the future of blended learning in higher education. Each session will explore the intersection of academic innovation, research and trends, emerging models and current practices with a panel of thought leaders, as well as include time for collaborative brainstorming with colleagues to tackle some of the access and opportunity challenges we face as an institution.  

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. 

Session 2: Preparation is Key | College Readiness & Preparedness

Wednesday, November 2, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

On-ramps to a college have become increasingly important as colleges and universities work to provide greater access to undergraduate education. Join us as we discuss the challenge question: How might university pre-college partnerships be designed to increase academic interests, opportunities, and growth in accessible and equitable ways?


Panel Discussion (40 mins)

Panelists will share insights and models to provide context and address the challenge question above. 

Lightning Design Jam (40 mins)

Attendees will share their bold solutions to the challenge questions and ‘jam’ together to surface ideas to address access and equity within pathways to and through undergraduate education.


  • Lisa Anderson, Stanford University
  • Michael Neville, STAMPS School of Art and Design
  • Carla O’Connor, Wolverine Pathways
  • Alexandra Slack, National Education Equity Lab

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is committed to ensuring that our    events are accessible for all individuals. This event will be held in-person. Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you. Contact Trevor Parnell, Marketing and Events Project Manager ( with any questions or access needs.