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Foundational Course Initiative

Why Participate?

Why get involved?

Motivations for participating in the FCI will vary among courses and disciplines, but for any foundational course, there are a number of possible reasons to participate. You may want to: 

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Foundational Course Initiative

Basic Information

What makes a course foundational?

Foundational courses (FCs) all share a variety of features. They are distinguished for being extreme, to varying degrees, across a range of different characteristics.

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Foundational Course Initiative

Contact Us

For more information or to get involved, contact us:

Meg Bakewell

Meg Bakewell (mbakewel@umich.edu
Director, Foundational Course Initiative
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Karishma Collette

Karishma Collette (karishms@umich.edu)
Student Support Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Kairos Marquardt

Kairos Marquardt (kairosm@umich.edu
Pedagogy and Design Consultant, Foundational Course Initiative
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

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Foundational Course Initiative

Foundational Course Initiative
Vision: University of Michigan’s Foundational Courses will play an important role in recruiting a diverse student body, supporting them all equitably, and creating the inclusive community we aspire to for our third century. These Foundational Courses will be nationally recognized as a leading model for teaching and learning at scale.

The Task

The Task

Only about 1% of the University of Michigan’s 9,200 courses enroll more than 200 students, but these courses are incredibly important. They account for one third of all credit hours, for which students pay about $150 million in tuition every term. They play an outsize role in student’s lives, providing essential gateways to majors and careers. Such courses are difficult to teach, enrolling students from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and goals, endeavoring to prepare them all well for subsequent study across a range of fields. Every one of these courses should have access to the support the Foundational Course Initiative can provide.

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