The "Will Michigan not be elite" thread kinda got me thinking about this. Also, I received my diploma this weekend which also made me think a bit....
What's everyone's opinion on the Satellite Campuses in Flint and Dearborn? What's the point?
For context, I went to UM-Flint my freshman year. I then transferred to Ann Arbor and am now going to grad school here.
My big annoyance about UM-Flint was how they perpetuated this myth that UM-F was a cheaper way to get a Michigan degree - that a UM-F degree doesn't actually say Flint and that the degrees are equivalent. They basically sold me on the fact that I was attending a school that was of the same quality as the Ann Arbor campus. For those who are familiar, you know that this isn't the case. UM-F is far inferior to Ann Arbor in just about any measurable you can think of. And there's no way that the degrees are worth the same.
From my experience, I found it to be a false sense of the Michigan community. Everyone commuted. The facilities were "meh." The instructors were "meh." The college experience didn't exist. Ann Arbor is world class in every sense of the world. So I just find it weird that Michigan lends its name to these satellite campuses that really have little to nothing in common with the Ann Arbor campus.
Anyone else have experiences at these schools? Anyone have any historical background about their place and purpose?
EDIT: Quick clarification, as this has spawned some interesting discussion. I didn't mean to come off as a "UMF and UMD" are crap discussion, because they are still major universities in the state of Michigan. I think everyone got that, but wanted to clarify it. Also, it seems more people have info on Dearborn, which is great - I've been there only once. Someone brought up the "everyone is there because they feel like they have to be" concept, which I totally felt in Flint.