Request for Proposals - Areas Eligible for Funding

Area 1. Addressing Needs Through New Academic Opportunities

The goal of the New Academic Opportunities initiative is to accelerate the creation of new programs (the definition of programs includes degrees, certificates, endorsements and professional development opportunities) that respond to the current social, political, or economic context. Some examples of issues that come to mind are listed below along with links to background information.

  • 21st Century Graduates. We need to foster diverse intellectual and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to think critically & solve complex problems by integrating liberal arts and sciences knowledge; communicate clearly and effectively; respond flexibly to new and emerging environments; and engage meaningfully in local and global communities;
  • Diverse Demographics. We are becoming a more racially and ethnically diverse and an aging society;
  • Global Economy. We must provide students the skills they need to navigate life and careers in an age of global connectedness and global competition.
  • Mental and Physical Health and Wellness. We have significant mental health issues among certain segments of our population – for example, the suicide rates are highest among baby boomers, veterans, and LGBT teens; bullying among teens; physical health and well-being issues across the life course;
  • Natural Disasters. Over the last five years natural disasters have had devastating economic, social, psychological and health effects on individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities;
  • Sustainability. The concept of sustainability permeates discussions in communities and academic disciplines. We need to infuse considerations of how we can create and maintain environments that support social, economic, and environmental well-being now and in the future.
  • Graduate Education. The shift to a knowledge-based economy is a major factor in the growing demand for graduate degrees that lead to advanced and integrated knowledge, dispositions, and skills that will secure our graduate’s future intellectual leadership in the knowledge economy;
  • Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Education. Effective and successful careers in all areas of study including creative and performing arts, business, humanities and social sciences, health and sciences are now requiring true integration of perspectives from multiple disciplines.
  • Technology, Literacy and Information Management. The current complex environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources require individuals recognize the need for information and have the ability to locate, evaluate, analyze and effectively create and apply information.
  • What do you think are other issues?

As shown below, proposals in this RFP area can serve either 1) new student markets (e.g., adult learners, online learners or others who will not be our traditional on-campus undergraduate or graduate students) or 2) students who will likely be a traditional on-campus undergraduate or graduate student via unique or customized teaching and learning modalities.