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Cleveland State University
A Message from the Chairman of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees

Joint Message from the President and Interim Provost
February 2013

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:

Proposal Title Budget Brief Project Description
Mathematics Emporium $300,000 To improve student success in lower division math courses by promoting engaged learning, instant outcome assessment, and on-spot help.
The Instructional Instrumentation Laboratory $400,000 To transform an unused Chemistry stockroom into a state-of-the-art  Instructional Instrumentation Lab for sophomore, junior, and senior chemistry courses that will benefit over 400 students a year.
Meeting the Challenges of Clinical Education in Nursing $160,000 To strengthen Nursing clinical instruction/supervision, which is an integral part of the undergraduate Nursing program. It will also enhance CSU's signature theme of health and medical science.
Driving the Diversity Action Plan: Leveraging the President's Council on Diversity and the Deans' Diversity Councils to Achieve Results $100,000 To establish a consistent mechanism that will ensure substantive, measurable progress is made on an annual basis toward achieving the eight goals in the CSU Diversity Action Plan.

$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.

Proposal Title Budget Brief Project Description
Mathematics Emporium Library Infrastructure $400,000 To transform the Library into a modern Learning Emporium that will enhance student success.
Supplemental Instruction/Structured Learning Assistance: Enhancing Student Retention and Reducing the Achievement Gap in General Education and STEM Classes $300,000 To extend the Supplemental Instruction/Structured Learning Assistance program that provides academic support to undergraduate students through special sessions led by peer leaders, with an emphasis on lower division gateway courses.
Minority Retention Project Through Camp Vike and the Freshman Class Council $80,000 To improve minority student retention and success by establishing special summer camp and Freshmen Class Council with activities throughout the semester.

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
President, Cleveland State University

George Walker
Interim Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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