Our objective over the five-year period from 2010-2015 is to strengthen the following college initiatives:
- Foster excellence in undergraduate programs and increase opportunities for leadership and professional development to better prepare our students for life in a global society
- Provide outstanding undergraduates with opportunities to earn career-enhancing applied master's degrees
- Engage doctoral students in research that provides solutions to the nation’s most pressing domestic problems
- Recruit and retain the best professors by increasing our number of named professorships and eminent scholar chairs
- Leadership and Professional Development for our Students
Among the 3000+ undergraduate majors within the college are hundreds of students who display extraordinary drive, creativity, and leadership qualities in their participation in a variety of student organizations, internships, and service activities. In addition, there are more than 600 master's degree students being groomed to assume leadership roles in their chosen fields and in our local communities, state and nation.
Our goal is to enhance and expand students’ opportunities for personal growth and development outside the classroom. In part this will be achieved by increasing opportunities to participate in student-run organizations; however, our major thrust is to help students develop their full potential by providing a personal and professional development program that includes:
leadership skills training
negotiation and mediation training
research internships with faculty
international service and internship programs
meetings with community, business, and political leaders
international and intercultural dialogue
involvement in professional organizations
symposia and seminars on current domestic and international issues
The net result is to give our bright and ambitious students numerous opportunities through our Get More Than a Degree initiative to build a personal resume that will open doors to jobs in all sectors of the economy and prepare them for leadership in local, state, national, and international organizations.
- Scholarships for Applied Master's Programs
Our applied and professional programs provide outstanding undergraduates within the college an extraordinary opportunity to refine their job skills and improve their career prospects. Scholarships enable the college to recruit and enroll excellent students who improve the quality and reputation of these programs.
- Research in service of the greater good
Conducting research that serves society, guides public policy, and is integrated into our teaching programs is critical to the college’s mission. Hiring and retaining first-class faculty, attracting the nation’s most promising graduate students, and involving our best undergraduates in research efforts are critical to our having a strong and positive impact on the design and effectiveness of public policies at the local, state, and national levels.
Our mission is to conduct important research on critical domestic issues and to train the next generation of professors to be first-rate teachers of future generations. To achieve these goals, our stipends for Ph.D. students must be competitive nationally, and we must recruit and retain the nation’s premier professors. We can make great strides in accomplishing these goals through gifts that support undergraduate research, graduate scholarships and Ph.D. research fellowships, named professorships, distinguished professorships, and Eminent Scholar Chairs.