From the Director

As with other public universities, the University of Michigan's financial status depends in great part on the economic health of the state. In this past year, the University has reviewed the activities of many units, assessing their spending and its relationship to the teaching and research core of the University's mission. CEW spent several months this winter working with the Provost's office to refine our mission and to focus general fund dollars specifically on activities that align with supporting the teaching and research endeavors at the University.

In the course of this review, we examined program and service outcomes and were pleased with what we discovered. For example, when we compared degree completion rates of our scholars over the past nine years to those of the general U-M student population, they were slightly better. Also, the funds we use to provide our critical difference grants are fully utilized each year; this funding helps students handle unexpected emergencies, and thus plays a crucial role in student retention and support toward degree completion.

We are also proud of one of CEW's key services - our counseling available to community members. However, because it is not directly connected to the teaching and research of the University, the Provost has asked us to fund that service using only private monies. For nearly 50 years, the availability of open-door counseling for community members has been a key component of CEW's work. Many of these community participants are U-M alums, family members of U-M students, staff or faculty, or individuals who aspire to matriculate at the University. We are delighted that Connie and Tom Kinnear responded immediately to this situation by creating an endowed Community Counseling Fund with a gift of $100,000. (See stories on p.1 for information on the fund and how you can participate.)

Following our extensive review process, we are certain that CEW continues to be a strong advocate for women on this campus and in the community. We are moving forward with programs that address the needs of students and staff, with research that assesses and evaluates our services and programs, and with campus advocacy for issues and policies that are of particular benefit to advancing the education and careers of women.

Gloria D. Thomas, Ph.D.
gthomas@umich.edu