Since conferring its first doctoral degree in 1876, the University of Michigan has advanced the value of graduate education in meeting society's needs. In 1935, donor Mary Rackham worked with President Alexander Ruthven to endow the Graduate School with the means to support graduate education at Michigan.
Today, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is a community of scholars, researchers, and students in 191 programs at the University of Michigan, joined together by the rigors of their academic pursuits and housed in the magnificent Rackham Building. The Rackham community is engaged in the creation of new knowledge, new discoveries, and perhaps more important, in the formation of our future leaders. More than 85,000 Rackham alumni all over the world bring their talent and training to the problems they encounter and can claim important accomplishments within their professional and personal lives.
The Rackham Graduate School is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan. More than 8,200 students are enrolled in Rackham's 108 Ph.D., 87 master's, and 34 certificate programs situated within the schools and colleges of the University.
The Dean's office includes the Dean, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, and supporting staff. All of us work with faculty, staff, and students from around the campus and with other University offices to ensure the excellence of graduate education at the University of Michigan.
The Rackham Board of Governors was established according to the terms of the Rackham bequest, which was accepted by the Board of Regents in September 1935. The bequest calls for the continued existence of this body. The President of the University serves as Chair of the Board and the Rackham Dean serves as Secretary. The three other members serve six-year terms. The Board itself approves the appointment of new members as vacancies arise.
The Rackham Executive Board is composed of elected faculty representatives and student members who provide advice to the Dean regarding the operations of the Graduate School. The Executive Board’s responsibilities include oversight and authorization of academic policy and proposals for new academic programs.
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