Julia Michaels

Director, Center for Public University Transformation

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Julia Michaels

Director, Center for Public University Transformation

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Julia Michaels, MPP, PMP, is the Director of the Center for Public University Transformation at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Julia has extensive experience managing large-scale, national projects involving networks of universities, professional associations, and other higher education stakeholders. She has designed and executed collaborative research activities, facilitated working groups, directed marketing and communications efforts, and drafted numerous proposals for grant funding. Julia has also held positions with the Oregon University System, city government, and various nonprofits. She has a passion for helping organizations build cross-sector partnerships, engage in continuous learning, and develop evidence-based solutions to society's most pressing challenges. She received her Master of Public Policy degree from Oregon State University and her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Olaf College.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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