In 2017, the University launched a Strategic Initiatives Funding process to identify and support innovative projects that will advance the goals of the University’s Engaged, Integrated, Global Strategic Plan, in particular those that will have substantial, positive impact on the student experience. The Strategic Initiatives Funding pool was made possible by cost savings and revenue generation realized through the Comprehensive Resource Review process, spearheaded by the Office of Finance & Administration. An additional pool of funding was made available for 2018-2019.
Funding is open to University students, faculty, and staff, and collaborative projects are encouraged.
The process included the submission of an RFP that includes a statement of the project’s purpose and intended outcomes, its relationship and potential impact to the Strategic Plan, a plan for the evaluation and assessment of the project, and a budget for its implementation. RFPs were then reviewed by the University Planning Committee, which utilized a scoring rubric to inform its discussion and recommendations. Recommendation for funding allocations were then forwarded to the President of the University. For those projects that may span multiple years, awards are “seed money” for the first year of funding. As part of their award, recipients must submit a report detailing the progress of the project and its impact.
To date, strategic initiatives allocations total over $430,000.
Click here to view a list of this year's funded projects.
Click here to view a list of 2017-2018 funded projects.