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About CEO

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The mission of the Center for Educational Outreach is to engage with communities across the State for the purpose of applying the scholarly resources of the University of Michigan where needed to promote academic excellence at the pre-college level, to encourage students to value higher education, to stimulate college participation and success rates in the State, and to attract a well-prepared diverse student body to the University of Michigan.

Who We Are

The Center for Educational Outreach is an organization that reaches out and partners with schools to highlight the importance of educational attainment and the ultimate achievement of academic excellence for students.

We aim at solidifying the decisions and smoothing the transition from school to college.

We are guided by the following principles:

  • Academic excellence
  • Access to higher education
  • Diversity in college enrollment
  • Empowerment through higher education
  • Serving the common good through expanding educational opportunity

What We Do

Within the University, we:

  • Facilitate and administer outreach programs to maximize the efforts of the individual schools and colleges of the University of Michigan.
  • Offer educational enrichment and scholarship funds to students
  • Cultivate and support existing outreach efforts and facilitate constructive collaborations.
  • Offer leadership development to U-M student leaders.

Beyond the University, we:

  • Build effective and comprehensive long-term partnerships with schools to improve educational opportunities in Michigan's middle and high schools.
  • Assist in the identification, recruitment, and enrollment of a diverse student body.


The Center for Educational Outreach will be a valued partner and information resource for students and families, for educational professionals, for community organizations, and for University colleagues in service to improving college-attainment rates for the state of Michigan and enrolling a diverse student body at the University of Michigan.


  • The CEO offers engagement programs and services that expose youth and families to postsecondary education, inspire them toward academic achievement and educate them about the pathway toward a college education in an effort to increase postsecondary enrollment and to strengthen the pipeline toward admission to the University of Michigan.
  • The CEO offers professional development to practitioners, teachers, counselors, principals and others engaged in college access work in an effort to build upon their knowledge and skills and strengthen their practice in supporting their students as they work toward postsecondary success.
  • The CEO provides capacity building support to both U-M and community partners to connect the vast resources of the University with opportunities that engage youth in an effort to promote academic opportunities, access, achievement and postsecondary success.
  • The CEO participates in advocacy, policy and research to strengthen efforts to inform, engage, and impact college access and success efforts on local, state and national levels.

Guiding principles

Activities of the Center for Educational Outreach are guided by the following principles:

  • Academic excellence—Success in school, and in later life, is predicated on a commitment to learning and personal development. The CEO encourages students to cultivate their intellectual abilities fully and to prepare for the future through academic achievement at the highest levels.
  • Access to higher education—Through partnerships and information sharing, the CEO encourages students to plan for college attendance and to realize the value of higher education. At the same time, the CEO encourages colleges and universities to work collaboratively with schools and community agencies to provide access to higher education and financial aid.
  • Diversity in college enrollment—The rich diversity of our society should be reflected in college classrooms in order to fully prepare college graduates for the roles they will play as leaders, managers, and professionals in society. Thus, the CEO promotes and supports efforts to enroll a diverse student body at the college level.
  • Empowerment through higher education—College attainment is a gateway to economic security and improved quality of life. The CEO's programs and activities emphasize the benefits and personal empowerment that result from attending college.
  • Serving the common good through expanding educational opportunity—The CEO recognizes that a democratic society depends on an informed and involved citizenry, that managers and leaders need accurate information when making decisions, and that society benefits from the advances and insights that are developed through higher learning.