U-M plans growth for Office of Academic Innovation

By | August 1, 2019
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The Office of Academic Innovation is staffing up in anticipation of a new initiative and a new investment to be announced this fall.

The department aims to hire 40 people over the next few years, bringing the total staff count to about 100, says James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation. DeVaney also said that the university intends to offer three new online and hybrid degree programs in the fall and to launch multiple degrees per year over the next five years.

The Office of Academic Innovation opened more than five years ago to serve as an in-house technology incubator, consulting firm, and design lab. Staff members work with student fellows and faculty to design curricula, dive into education data, and develop personalized-learning tools.

Read an interview in “Inside Higher Ed” with James Devaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation, about the growth of opportunities in the world of academic innovation.