Ford School Facts & Figures (2022-23)

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Contents 3 Brief history 5 Present profile 6 Students Alumni in action 8 Ford School leadership Leadership history (1979-present 11 Faculty awards Rankings 12 Research 14 Undergraduate program (BA) ON THE COVER Front: PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellows on a tour of Michigan Stadium (“The Big House”). 16 Graduate programs (MPP/MPA/ PhD) 19 Diversity, equity, and inclusion Our strategic DE&I priorities 20 Costs 21 Financial aid 22 Giving 23 Notes Contact info

Brief history

1914: U-M launched America’s first graduate program in municipal administration for aspiring public servants.

1968: The curriculum was refocused to provide students an analytic toolkit and cutting-edge problemsolving methods, giving way to IPPS, the Institute of Public Policy Studies, the nation’s first public policy degree program.

1995: U-M established the School of Public Policy.

1999: Named in honor of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States and a 1935 U-M graduate.

2001: Pioneered a joint-PhD program, a model that remains shared with just a handful of other universities.

2007: Launched our junior-senior undergraduate program with about 60 per class.

2013: Celebrated President Ford’s 100th birthday.

2014: Celebrated our Centennial with a yearlong slate of events around the world.

2019: Launched a new Master of Public Affairs degree program.

2020: Launched a new undergraduate minor.

2021: Celebrated PPIA 40th anniversary.


Weill Hall

Joan and Sanford Weill Hall was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and opened in August 2006. The 85,000-square-foot building offers state-of-the-art classrooms, event spaces, and comfortable niches for student-faculty study and collaboration.

5 Total enrollment: 482 Faculty • 35 tenure/track • 30 lecturers • 18 courtesy faculty • 12 named professors total • 6 endowed (plus 4 to be named) • 6 collegiate • 1 Thurnau Prof. • 1 Distinguished University Prof. • 5 profs of practice • 7 visiting faculty • 3 visiting fellows • 3 research faculty • 7 postdocs • 2 predocs Staff: 96 (92 FTE) Student orgs: 22 Living alumni: 4,431 Operating budget $23.7M (FY 2023) Endowment $87.5M (6/30/22) Research expenditures $3.7M (6/30/2022) Degrees offered • BA major and minor in public policy • MPP/MPA • Joint master’s degrees with law, business, environment, education, and more • Joint PhD in public policy and economics, political science, or sociology • Science, Technology, and Public Policy graduate certificate • Pre-doctoral program in policy Present profile (Sept. 2022)

BA major

class: 80

Students of color (U.S. only): 28%

Female: 65%

Male: 35%

BA minor

Incoming class: 25

Students of color (U.S. only): 44%

Female: 68%

Male: 32%


Incoming class: 11

Average age: 35

Age range: 28-50

Non-U.S: 9%

Students of color (U.S. only): 20%

Female: 64%

Male: 36%

Years of work experience: 11

Countries of origin: 2 (including U.S.)

demographics; Aug. 2022)


Incoming class: 121

Average age: 28

Age range: 22-58

Non-U.S: 30%

Students of color (U.S. only): 26%

Female: 63%

Male: 37%

Years of work experience: 4

Countries of origin: 13 (including U.S.)


Current students: 38

Non-U.S: 11%

Students of color (U.S. only): 32%

Female: 47%

Male: 53%

• Incoming
Students (2022-23
Over 4,400 Ford School alumni work all around the world, addressing an amazing variety of policy issues. But Ford School alumni share this—a dedication to making a difference in our world. Learn more: Alumni in action

Ford School leadership

Our faculty

John Ciorciari Assoc. Dean for Research & Policy Engagement

Ford School’s faculty is an interdisciplinary group, boasting 12 named professorships and holding joint appointments with a wide range of schools and units including economics, political science, sociology, math, information, law, business, social work, history, education, environment and sustainability, social research, and urban planning. Learn more at


Edward M. Gramlich




Member of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve, ‘97-05

Paul Courant

IPPS director,

IPPS director,

Provost, ‘02-05


and Dean of Libraries, ‘07-13

U-M Interim Provost, ‘16-17

‘79-83 • IPPS
‘91-95 • SPP
‘95-97 •
‘83-87 •
‘89-91 • U-M
• U-M

Edie Goldenberg

• IPPS director, ‘87-89

• LSA dean, ‘89-98

• Michigan in Washington program founding director

John Chamberlin

• SPP interim dean, ‘97-99

• Founder, Center for Ethics in Public Life

Rebecca M. Blank

• SPP/Ford School dean, ‘99-07

• Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce, ‘12-13

• Chancellor, UWMadison, ‘13-present

Susan M. Collins

• Ford School dean, ‘07-17

• APSIA president, ‘13-15

• Board member of the Chicago Fed, ‘16-present (Detroit Branch, ‘12-15)

• U-M Provost, ‘20-22

• Boston Fed President ‘22-present

Michael S. Barr

• Ford School dean, ‘17-’22

• Asst. Secretary for Financial Institutions, U.S. Dept. of Treasury, ‘09-10

• Key architect of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act

Celeste WatkinsHayes

• Ford School interim dean, ‘22-present

• Founding director, Center for Racial Justice

• Assoc. VP for research at Northwestern University, ‘18-’20


Select awards

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Distinguished Book Award, ASA Section on the Sociology of Sex and Gender (2020)

Luke Shaefer

U-M President’s Award for Public Impact (2021)

Dean Yang

Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award (2022)

Shobita Parthasarathy

Rackham Faculty Recognition Award (2021)

Brian Jacob

Rackham Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2021) Betsey Stevenson

Elected to National Academy of Social Insurance (2022)

Source: 2023 U.S. News & World Report, ranked in 2022

Rankings 11

Research in action

Ford School


home to


research centers and

that focus on a range of pressing policy

engaged across all levels of governance: local, state, national, and international.

Centers, initiatives, and more

Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

Center for Racial Justice

Center on Finance, Law & Policy

Detroit Metro Area Communities Study

Education Policy Initiative

International Policy Center

Kohn Collaborative for Social Policy

Poverty Solutions

Program in Practical Policy Engagement

Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Weiser Diplomacy Center

Youth Policy Lab


of a number

Undergraduate programs

BA major in public policy (junior admission)

The Ford School’s major in public policy is a liberal arts degree, based in the social sciences, that gives students the knowledge and skills needed to analyze policy problems, understand the stakes, and create viable solutions.

• Big university resources, small-school connectedness and flexibility.

• Incoming class of 80, with an average classroom size of 24.

• Ford School scholarship assistance available. Other financial assistance available for unpaid internships.

• Alumni working at the Obama Foundation, Google, Urban Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Department of Justice, Michigan Department of Community Health, political campaigns, law firms, and more.

BA major apps due February 1

Sophomore year at U-M


BA MAJOR Contact: 734-764-0453 /

BA minor in public policy

Our minor in public policy is a competitiveadmissions program designed to make the critical thinking and analytical skills taught at the Ford School available to more Michigan undergraduates.

• 16 credits

• Open to students (sophomore status at application) in LSA, Engineering, Business, Information, and Public Health.

• The ideal student for the Ford School minor will be committed to some other important discipline—engineering, sociology, business, or organizational studies, for example— and seeking to layer their education with perspectives from the lens of public policy.

BA minor apps due May 15

Sophomore or junior year at U-M


BA MINOR Contact: 734-764-0453 /

Master’s programs

Master of Public Affairs

• 9-month MPA for professionals with at least five years of work experience in a policyrelated field.

• Carefully designed, challenging coursework in public policy creation and analysis; public sector and nonprofit leadership; economics; policy writing; and the social, political, and ethical aspects of public policies and programs—all crafted to meet the needs and goals of experienced professionals.

• Graduates are prepared for senior roles in a variety of governmental institutions and public agencies, in the nonprofit sector, and in the private sector.

Master of Public Policy

• 2-year MPP with required internship.

• Provides an analytic toolkit that is highly transferable across a broad range of policy areas, sectors, places.

• Interdisciplinary, applied nature; flexibility in electives.

• Collaborative work environment at the Ford School, within the greater U-M, which offers a broad range of resources and networks.

• Alumni working at USAID, World Bank, GAO, UN Refugee Agency, Human Rights First,



Direct Relief, EPA, Detroit Mayor’s Office, Federal Reserve Board, OMB, Deloitte, and more.

MPP applications due January 15

Doctoral programs

PhD in public policy and economics PhD in public policy and political science PhD in public policy and sociology

In our joint doctoral programs, candidates combine their public policy studies with disciplinary work at one of the U-M’s top-ranked social science departments. Alumni have gone on to receive prestigious postdocs and work at Cornell, Duke, Penn State, Minnesota, Mathematica, the Gates Foundation, the Federal Reserve Board, and the U.S. Department of State, and more.

PhD applications due December 1

STEPHANIE SANDERS Lecturer and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

A leader building on decades of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Our commitment to the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value community, integrity, respect, service, inclusion, diversity, and equity. We aspire for our work to be excellent, relevant, rigorous, collaborative, engaged, and impactful.

We’re evaluating and learning from our first 5-year strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion and at the same time, we’re keeping this important work moving forward, infused in everything we do. Learn more:

strategic DE&I

curriculum and co-curricular

research and policy engagement that pursues just, equitable, and inclusive public policy for diverse

that advance social

priorities • Diversify our faculty and staff • Diversify our student body • Integrate anti-racism into our
activities • Support
populations • Create engagement opportunities
justice • Bolster DEI communications

Costs at the Ford School

Undergraduate Graduate

Tuition and fees

Housing and food Books and supplies Personal and misc.

Total cost

Tuition and fees

Housing and food Books and supplies Personal and misc.

Total cost

$18,836 $13,170 $1,092 $2,557 $35,655 $26,226 $17,780 $1,242 $6,850 $52,098

$59,212 $13,170 $1,092 $2,557 $76,031 $52,456 $17,780 $1,242 $6,850 $78,328

Full-time enrollment per academic year, AY 2022-23

our PhD students receive funding from the Ford School

our incoming MPP/MPA students received fellowship support from the Ford School in 2022-23

In-state In-state Out-of-state Out-of-state
Sources: Rackham, Financial Aid, Ford School 100% 74%

Financial aid

In 1960, state support made up 78 percent of the University of Michigan’s General Fund; today, it has dwindled to 13 percent in 2023.

To remain affordable, U-M is committed to keeping its costs low, limiting tuition increases, and investing heavily in financial support for students. Donor-named endowments and expendable gifts for student support are vital.

At the Ford School, student support is our top funding priority, along with gifts to faculty research and policy engagement.

21 Source: VP for Communications and Public Affairs
University of Michigan General Fund (FY 2023) 75% 13%

Giving to the Ford School

The Ford School trains our world’s most promising future policy leaders. Donor support helps students from all backgrounds gain access to a Ford School degree.

Students who choose the Ford School are diverse and talented, active and engaged, creative and passionate, and eager to find innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges. Too often, our students graduate with a debt burden that limits their choices and hinders potential. Giving to the Ford School opens opportunities for engaged learning that translate into practical policy action leaving a lasting impact on our world. The reach of a gift to the Ford School, like the reach of our students, extends beyond campus to serve the greater good. Contributions to the Ford School have a lasting impact. Gifts enable us to:

• train and inspire exceptional citizens, public servants, and leaders.

• launch and lead game-changing research projects that transform how we address society’s most intractable challenges.

• equip policy communities in the state of Michigan, in Washington, DC, and around the world with first-rate academic insights and discoveries.

Admissions Beth Soboleski Associate Director 734-764-0453 Development Sue Johnson Director 734-615-4001 CONTACT Notes

Our mission

The Ford School at the University of Michigan is a community dedicated to the public good. We inspire and prepare diverse leaders grounded in service, conduct transformational research, and collaborate on evidencebased policymaking to take on our communities’ and our world’s most pressing challenges.

Our values

We value community, integrity, respect, service, inclusion, diversity, and equity. We aspire for our work to be excellent, relevant, rigorous, collaborative, engaged, and impactful.

© 2022 The Regents of the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer. Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


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