Increase funding from grants, gifts, and other non-tuition sources.
- ER 1.1: Actively identify grant opportunities that would be a good fit for the University’s
mission, engage appropriate faculty and staff in the pursuit of those grants, and
provide effective support to faculty and staff during the grant-seeking and writing
- ER 1.2: Identify and support the development of initiatives and programs that will engage
alumni and donors with the goal of increasing gifts to academic colleges.
- ER 1.3: Identify potential grant opportunities with the goal of increasing the number of
non-academic grants received by the University annually.
- ER 1.4: Increase earnings from University assets, facilities, and intellectual property.
Submit Progress and Updates to Initiative 1 Action Steps
Signs of Our Success -
- The number of academic grant applications by faculty has increased 100 percent of
Fall 2018 levels by Fall 2024.
- Academic grant funding increases by $1,000,000 annually.
- Three programs are identified in each academic college each year to work with University
Advancement to invite engagement with alumni and community partners.
- Alumni gifts to academic colleges have doubled by Fall 2024.
- The number of non-academic grant applications has doubled by Fall 2024.
- Revenue from University assets, facilities, and intellectual property increases 50
percent by Fall 2024.
- Three new sources of revenue are identified and piloted using current University assets
and facilities annually.
|Progress and Updates-
- Late 2019 the Jim Crow Museum received a $250,000 grant to fund an education coordinator
- As of September 2020, we have exceeded the $100 million mark in the Now & Always Comprehensive
Campaign, moving us closer to the $115 million goal to support Ferris students, campus,
- The Ferris Foundation and Alumni Association collaboratively raised more than $133,000
for the Student Hardship Fund.
- The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit transitioned to a successful virtual
platform while maintaining sponsorship levels and increasing overall constituent engagement.
- Garnering significant local, regional, statewide and national media coverage that
is highlighting the current and future impact of the increasing number of major grants
received by the University.
Encourage revenue-generating innovation.
- ER 2.1: Create a dedicated infrastructure and “innovation fund” to provide resources and strategic
support for faculty and staff to explore and implement revenue-enhancing initiatives
within their divisions and units.
Submit Progress and Updates to Initiative 2 Action Steps
Signs of our Success-
- An “Innovation Center”, in the mode of a small business center, is established by
Fall 2021 to help University stakeholders develop, evaluate, and refine potential
revenue enhancing programs. The Center allows students, faculty, and community members
to interact, invent, and collaborate.
- The new innovation fund supports three major initiatives and five small developmental
grants for pilot projects by Fall 2021.
- A task force is convened to conduct an audit of University funding policies and practices
that could affect the enhancement and use of University resources by Fall 2020. The
task force recommends key changes to university budgeting, decision-rights, and revenue
sharing structures to University executive leadership by Fall 2021.
|Progress and Updates-
- Extended and International Operations has some dedicated office space for an Innovation
Center, currently located in Alumni 109. The pandemic has made the in-person participation
aspect challenging, but we hope to have future opportunities to interact, invent,
and collaborate in this space with University stakeholders. An Innovation Advisory
Team, consisting of 26 faculty and staff, actively support HatchEd and the review
of the Innovation Development Grant applications. So far we have funded a collaborative project between CET and COB called
Building the Autonomous Vehicles Program at Ferris to contribute to the number of
developmental grants awarded for pilot projects.