Introducing “The Ross Report” and Looking Forward

Dear colleagues,

As we move into 2023 and the second half of our academic year, I want to thank you for your deep commitment to Michigan Ross, and your outstanding work with our students and research and in building our community.  

As part of our efforts to better connect people in our community to each other, I am proud to announce the launch of The Ross Report, our new monthly newsletter for Michigan Ross faculty and staff. This is where you can read about the Ross people behind the amazing work that takes place here. It’s also where you can keep up with important school news and learn about helpful information and resources available at Ross and across the university. Please share any feedback you have on the format and content in this newsletter, so we can continue to fine-tune it and provide a useful resource to help keep us connected.

I also wanted to share a few additional updates with you. First, many thanks to everyone who volunteered to be involved with our task forces. These task forces focus on building community among students and faculty/staff, elevating our teaching excellence and innovation, and accelerating our research enterprise through a potential pre-doctoral program. These task forces are getting geared up now, and please look for more information on the ideas coming from these efforts later this semester.

Second, thanks again to those who participated in the faculty and staff sessions where we shared the results of the 2021 climate survey. Enhancing the culture at Michigan Ross to ensure this is a place where everyone can do their best work is a top priority. The ideas from these discussions were very helpful and will be part of the task force conversations and our ongoing initiatives around inclusion and community so that everyone at Michigan Ross — faculty, staff, students, and alumni — feels welcomed and valued here.

Third, I want to share a quick update on some of our facilities projects that are important in building our brand. We are continuing to move forward with the pre-design phase of a construction project to revenovate our Executive Learning and Conference Center. It will involve updating our dining spaces and guest sleeping rooms to greatly enhance our guests’ experience. This will ensure that when executives stay with us, their experience is consistent with the world-class educational experience they have here. Additionally, we are searching for a new home for our Los Angeles EMBA Program. This facility is important for not only the students who are currently in the program, but also for our visibility and presence in the LA market.

Fourth, I want to remind you that the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation team will be here at the end of February for our five-year review. The team is made up of deans from three other peer schools, and they will spend about two days here evaluating Michigan Ross. Thanks to the many of you who helped pull together the voluminous data to prepare for this visit. We may be reaching out to some of you to meet with the AACSB team once the schedule is finalized. Thanks in advance for making time to share your insights with them.

Finally, we continue to accelerate our efforts to increase financial accessibility to a Michigan Ross education, which is critical in making sure we continue to attract the very top students. Thanks to the very hard work of our Advancement (formerly Development and Alumni Relations) team and many of you around the school, between August and December, we raised nearly $5 million dollars in additional scholarship support. 

I am very excited about the new year at Michigan Ross. I am especially energized by all of the efforts you are engaged in with your research and student interactions, especially related to some of the biggest opportunities and challenges around us, from climate and sustainability, to economic inclusion, the impact of technology disruptions, and a wide range of other issues impacting business and the world. I have been sharing your ideas and achievements with our community as well as university leadership to ensure that Michigan Ross is well integrated into campus campaign planning and President Ono’s initiatives.   

Your efforts every day are how we have come to be recognized as one of the very top business schools in the world. As we dive into the new year, further elevating that reputation through support for faculty research, advancing student opportunities, and enhancing the culture and teaching environment are top priorities. 

Thank you again for your support and assistance as I get up to speed here. I look forward to working more closely with you in the new year to make a difference at Ross and beyond.

Warm regards,

Sharon 

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