University of Michigan plans new school of technology and innovation

The new school, slated to open in fall 2021, is to prepare students for emerging jobs in technology-related fields.
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The University of Michigan announced Thursday it will launch a new college of innovation and technology.

The new academic unit will open in fall 2021 to educate and prepare students for careers in emerging technology fields.

“The technology-intensive future demands that we prepare our graduates to develop and apply technology in new ways that will benefit society,” UM-Flint Chancellor Deba Dutta said in a press release.

Students in the school will have the opportunity to earn undergraduate degrees in technology as they prepare for employment in automotive, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, health care, aerospace, cybersecurity and other sectors.


Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow significantly over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with more than 500,000 new jobs opening up by 2029.

To create a talent pipeline that can prepare students for these jobs, other universities across the country are also launching new programs in technology-relate fields, including Bellevue University, the University of North Texas and Penn State.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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