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Distinction as a Leading Public Urban Research University

We aspire to be best-in-class, and we frame that aspiration in terms of our special mission, which influences the character of our educational programs, our research, and our relationship to the community.

Key Components

Strengthen our Faculty

  • Hire 200 new faculty in strategic areas like health, smart manufacturing, applied social sciences, and data analytics
  • “Walk the Talk” on diversity and inclusion in hiring and professional advancement

Invest in Research

  • Increase external research funding from $30 million to $50 million annually by 2025
    • Attract new faculty with high promise research productivity
    • Invest $25 million in faculty start-ups, research lab infrastructure, and seed funding
  • Create a new Urban Public Health Institute, supported by a $1 million research fund, to address challenges related to community-health concerns

Realign Colleges to Reflect our Strengths

  • Expanded College of Health Professions
  • New Levin College of Urban Affairs, Social Sciences, and K-12 Education
  • Re-imagined College of Arts & Sciences
  • Expanded College of Business
  • Expanded Honors Program

Build World Class Programs

  • Bring together resources from Health, Engineering and Business to develop new, highly sought-after programs in data analytics/science and smart/sustainable manufacturing
  • Grow the Center for Gene Regulation Health & Disease into a premiere biomedical research center
  • Build upon our highly ranked City Management & Policy program