Michigan names Coursera supporter Martha Pollack as new provost

Dive Summary:

  • The University of Michigan has named Martha Pollack to step up from her role as vice provost and become the school's provost to replace Phil Hanlon, who is departing for Dartmouth College.
  • Pollack, who is also is a professor n the School of Information and College of Engineering, led efforts to bring massive open online courses (MOOCs) to Michigan on the Coursera platform.
  • Her appointment will be effective as of May 6, assuming the Board of Regents gives its approval at a Feb. 21 meeting.

From the article:

"... In her role as vice provost, Pollack serves as the provost's senior staff member in overseeing the strategic assessment process for the schools and colleges, as well as setting budgetary policy and allocating resources, including the university's general fund budget. She spearheaded the university's effort to offer massive open online courses through the Coursera platform. ..."

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