Following a university-wide invitation for proposals for
programs or projects to improve student success, recruitment, and retention, eight
proposals have been selected for funding.
The Strategic Initiative Funding project was announced to
the university community in March 2017, with proposals due September 2017 to
the University Budget Advisory Committee. Funding for the initiative comes from $300,000
in performance funding set aside by the President’s cabinet.
Proposals receiving funding are:
Thirty-three proposals were received from areas in the
Office of the President, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Student
Affairs. Proposals were prioritized by vice presidents or supervisors of the
areas that submitted the proposals. Presentations were made for 13 of the
proposals to UBAC in November.
The template and the process were developed by the UBAC
Strategic Initiative Fund subcommittee, including Cyndy Strittmatter
(chair), Bill Balint, Nadene L’Amoreaux, Susanna Sink, and Deanne
“We worked to create a process and related application
materials that were consistent and clear across all divisions,” Strittmatter
said. “We appreciate the funding being made available, and believe that this
process enhanced participation across college and divisions, and generated creative
strategies for improvement.”
Recipients of the funding were notified in December.
“The volume and quality of the proposals tells me two things,”
said IUP President Michael Driscoll, “First, that we have very strong
faculty, staff, and administrators with great ideas and insights about the issue
of retention and recruitment; and second, that the IUP community understands that
student success, recruitment, retention—and I would add persistence—of
students is everyone’s responsibility. That is the IUP Way, working together
to advance this university and to help our students to succeed.
“The University Budget Advisory Committee and the Strategic
Initiative Funding subcommittee has done an excellent job in carefully
reviewing the proposals and making good decisions that will advance the
important work of enrollment management for the university.
“I want to thank UBAC and the subcommittee for its good work
and offer my sincere thanks for everyone who took time to create and submit a
proposal. Your work, even if it wasn’t chosen for funding, is appreciated and
can be used in our continued discussions about enrollment management and
student success. For those of you who are directed funded projects, thank you.
I am confident that we will see great results from these initiatives.”
Status reports will be due from the funded projects at
the May 1, 2018, UBAC meeting.