Joint Message from the President and Interim Provost
Evaluations of proposals for the FY 13 University Strategic Initiative Funding are now complete. We are very pleased to announce that the following proposals have been selected for funding:
$300,000 has been sequestered to help start a writing initiative that focuses on beginning undergraduate students and to launch a new program in health informatics, pending further discussions on programmatic details.
In addition, given the large number of strong proposals, the Provost Office has decided to support the following three projects using Provost discretionary funds.
The focus of this year's University Strategic Initiative funding program was student success, with a particular emphasis on improving retention and graduation. A unique feature of the proposals submitted this year was the high level of interdisciplinary collaborations with some proposals involving faculty, staff and administrators from four different colleges.
All submitted proposals were reviewed and rated by Deans and Vice Presidents using four criteria: alignment with university strategic goals, impact on student success, clear project description and plan, and reasonable budget. The final funding decision was made by taking into consideration the average ratings and university strategic needs. The high quality and broad scope of proposals submitted this year made the final funding decisions very difficult. In a few cases, proposals that were not successful are being considered for alternate funding sources. We are working individually with the sponsors of those proposals.
We want to congratulate teams of faculty, staff and administrators of the winning proposals for their vision and creativity. We also want to thank everyone who participated in the process by either submitting proposals or helping with reviewing proposals. Broad CSU community participation and support are key to the continuing success of the University Strategic Initiative Funding Program.
Ronald M. Berkman
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