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Work With Us

Nexus collaborates with faculty and academic units to enable the development and delivery of online degrees, online credit courses, and non-credit professional education certificates. Through our innovative partnerships and services, we strive to extend and share the College’s preeminent education with a diverse, global community of learners. And we want to work with you.


Submit a Concept Idea

By establishing Nexus, the College of Engineering is committed to investing in your ideas. Whether you are a faculty member, instructor, or academic unit chair, we encourage you to submit a concept idea for a new course or program. Through a four-step intake process, our team will work with you to turn your new idea into a reality. We evaluate concepts based on a number of criteria, but any proposal must satisfy at least one of the following:

  • Fill an important gap in the overall College of Engineering portfolio
  • Enhance or complement an existing noncredit or academic credit program
  • Increase the impact and visibility of Michigan Engineering on lifelong learners


If you have an idea for a new course or program, get started by emailing your concept idea to Andrea Schuitman at aschuit@umich.edu. After receiving your idea, we will contact you within 48 hours to discuss your concept in more detail.

Download Concept Idea Form

In-Kind Services

Along with new course and program development, Nexus offers a range of in-kind services in support of the College’s mission. To learn more about our services, including market assessment and consulting, instructional design, course production, and more, please email nexus-answers@umich.edu. A member of Team Nexus will be in touch within 48 hours to discuss your needs.

Strategic Priorities

Nexus prioritizes projects and initiatives that align with the College’s strategic vision, including the development of new online and professional education opportunities and innovative teaching tools and methods. Our current priorities include: 

  • Degrees and courses that can be offered fully online or in a hybrid format
  • Short courses that build on — or reimagine — existing online courses or content
  • Professional education certificates that meet the evolving needs and expectations of lifelong learners, including new online credentials that are self-paced, modular, and potentially stackable towards a degree
  • Courses and programs that reach a more diverse audience of learners, including CoE alumni and industry professionals seeking to continue their education while working full time
  • Innovative and experimental instructional concepts, strategies, and technologies that enhance the online and hybrid classroom environment
  • Strategic partnerships that enable the College to grow a sustainable, broad, and coherent portfolio with an emphasis on online-enabled offerings
  • Innovative business models that create a value proposition for all stakeholders