Detailed Progress Report on the Strategic Plan

Percentage of Initiatives Completed

38%
  • Initiative Completed

  • Initiative in Progress

  • Initiative Not Yet Started

Strategic Direction 1:Academic Rigor Initiatives

Provide an academically rigorous, transformative public liberal arts education that has at its core a diverse curriculum, innovative delivery methods, and high- impact programs that prepare students for a rapidly changing global society.

  • Minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

    This is an initiative to create an American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) minor as an interdisciplinary course of study that provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the broad historical, political, social, and economic issues and realities pertaining to indigenous societies and communities, both locally and globally, since the pre-colonial era through colonialism to modern times.

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  • Major Concentration and Minor in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship

    This is an initiative to create an Arts Management and Entrepreneurship concentration within the Interdisciplinary Studies major, also a minor, that provides students with the knowledge and skills to connect their artistic abilities with business, innovation, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

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  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in Contemplative Inquiry

    This is an initiative to create an interdisciplinary certificate program in Contemplative Inquiry that creates opportunities for greater inquiry, connection, reflection, insight, and communication. 

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  • Non-Degree Program in Leadership Skills for Firefighters

    This is an initiative to create for the Asheville Fire Department (AFD) a twelve-month curriculum to improve the leadership skills of front-line supervisors in the AFD, while also providing successful students with undergraduate academic credit.

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  • Enhanced Professional Training in Online Instructional Design

    This is an initiative to provide faculty with training opportunities regarding current best practices in the delivery of on-line/long distance education courses.

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  • Embedding Librarians in First-Year Courses

    This is an initiative to connect students to library services and resources by providing a single librarian to be an ongoing presence over the duration of a course.  The embedded librarian will provide expertise aimed at building habits and research skills to students so that they will be successful in that course and beyond.

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  • Library Support for Digital Scholarship

    This is an initiative to provide services in support of digital scholarship projects from start-to-finish.  This cross-departmental team will provide expertise in support from the design phase to hands-on modeling, to final multi-modal presentation for both faculty and students.

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  • Early Career Faculty Development

    This is an initiative to strengthen faculty development programs that are designed to acculturate new tenure-track hires into teaching at a public liberal arts university.  The goal of this programming is to prepare new faculty for success at a university that values teaching of undergraduates, undergraduate research, and participation in interdisciplinary programs.

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  • Expanding Career Internship Opportunities for Students

    This is an initiative to expand the number of high-quality internship opportunities available to UNC Asheville students under the new policies for internship courses devised by the Academic Affairs Task Force on Internship Courses.

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  • WordPress Website Development Platform for Faculty and Students

    This is an initiative to establish a WordPress website development platform for use by faculty and students at UNC Asheville.

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  • Internal Auditor Student Internship Program

    In coordination with the Career Center and faculty advisors, this is an initiative to establish a diversified student internship experience that will incorporate many of the tasks and responsibilities of a first-year internal auditor.

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  • Revision of Common Readers for Humanities Program

    This is an initiative to revise the common Readers for HUM 124 (The Ancient World), HUM 214 (The Medieval and Renaissance World), and HUM 324 (The Modern World).

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  • Humanities Fellows Program

    This is an initiative to create a Humanities Affiliates Program. This program, funded by a recent grant from the Mellon Foundation, will invite established faculty who have taught in the Humanities program in the past to commit to six semesters of teaching Humanities courses while pursuing a project (e.g. thematic, integrational, revisionist, pedagogic) that is important to one or more of the courses.

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  • Humanities Affiliates Program

    This is an initiative to create a Humanities Affiliates Program. This program, funded by a recent grant from the Mellon Foundation, will invite established faculty who have taught in the Humanities program in the past to commit to six semesters of teaching Humanities courses while pursuing a project (e.g. thematic, integrational, revisionist, pedagogic) that is important to one or more of the courses.

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  • Student Internships in Social Media Content Development

    This is an initiative to enhance the student internship program in Marketing and Communications by offering training in the development of social media content.

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  • Equity and Inclusion Certificate

    This is an initiative to create a continuing education course of study leading to an Equity and Inclusion Certificate, with different levels of achievement possible.

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  • Diversity Statements in Faculty Searches

    This initiative reforms faculty search processes by requiring that applicants for full-time faculty positions each submit a 1-2 page Diversity Statement.

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  • Legal Internship Program in Office of University General Council

    This is an initiative to implement an annual legal internship program housed in the Office of General Counsel.

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Strategic Direction 2:Student Success Initiatives

Offer an increasingly diverse student body a rich and comprehensive experience that integrates academic and co-curricular activities and prepares graduates for productive and engaged lives in a continuously evolving society.

  • Summer Opportunity for Academic Readiness (SOAR) Program

    This is an initiative to develop a summer bridge program that will offer an opportunity for incoming UNC Asheville full-time, first-time students with low admissions test scores to get a head start in college.

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  • Enhancing Jump Start to College Program

    This is an initiative to strengthen the University’s Jump Start to College program, which is designed to improve the work ethic and intrinsic motivation of full-time, first-time students with low high school grade point averages.

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  • Strengthening AVID for Higher Education Program

    This is an initiative to strengthen UNC Asheville’s partnership with the national AVID for Higher Education organization to support first generation and Pell-eligible students as they transition to college.

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  • Predictive Analytics for Student Success

    This is an initiative to enhance the University’s capacity for predicting -- and successfully intervening to remove -- barriers to student success via participation in the Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework.

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  • Streamlining Academic Policies and Curricula to Promote Timely Degree Completion

    This is an initiative to insure that academic policies, procedures and curricula promote rather than impede timely degree completion.

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  • Co-Curricular Transcripts for Students

    This initiative seeks input and collaboration from several units across campus to successfully integrate, market, and implement a co-curricular transcript (CCT) on campus. The CCT is a record of as student’s involvement and leadership experiences that is designed to encourage significant student engagement in learning processes that takes place outside the classroom.

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  • Student Success Coaching Program

    This initiative seeks to increase rates of retention for students across classifications and enhance a student’s overall experience by pairing them with a professional coach.  

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  • LINC Program for First-Year Students

    The Learning In a New Community (LINC) program is a pilot program linking five class sections of First-Year Colloquium (LA 178) with five class sections of Academic Writing and Critical Inquiry (LANG 120).

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  • Healthy Campus 2020

    This is an initiative to promote the overall health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff by participating in the Healthy Campus 2020 program. 

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  • Bulldog Blue Ribbon Program

    This is an initiative to provide guidance to student athletes in all dimensions of their life at UNC Asheville.

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  • Bulldog Leaders for Leaders Mentoring Program

    This is an initiative that matches community leaders with UNC Asheville student-athletes to provide mentoring during the transition between college and the workplace.

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  • Participating in the UNC-system Open Educational Resources Project

    A Librarian served on initial ULAC task force to research, assess and devise implementation of this state wide project to provide students with access to free or low cost textbooks.

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  • NCAA Rules Compliance Workshops

    This is an initiative to develop a series of comprehensive NCAA Rules Compliance Workshops for prospective and enrolled student-athletes and their families, coaches, athletics staff, and other university personnel that work closely with Athletics such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Senior Staff, Deans, and Faculty members.

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  • LEGACY – Peer Connections Program for Women of Color

    This initiative is a joint effort through Academic Affairs, Student Success Department and Multicultural Affairs) to develop a peer mentoring program that supports women of color on campus, particularly African American students.

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  • Financial Aid Leveraging

    This is an initiative in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid to convert to a more strategic method of awarding institutional financial aid resources.

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  • Enlarging and Connecting the LEAD Living Learning Community

    This is an initiative to extend the impact of the Live Engage Act Develop (LEAD) Living Learning Community, first developed two years ago by recent UNC Asheville graduate Anja Mayr.

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Strategic Direction 3:Community Engagement Initiatives

Strengthen UNC Asheville's impact on the community through civic and cultural engagement, sustained partnerships, and a focus on economic vibrancy.

  • Community Engagement Liaison with Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF)

    This is an initiative to strengthen the University’s partnership with Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) by staffing a Community Engagement Liaison (CEL) dedicated to connecting high impact learning,  co-curricular, and service opportunities in Asheville City Schools to UNC Asheville faculty, staff and students.

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  • Culture of Results Training Program

    This initiative, undertaken by the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW), is a training and technical assistance program for local public health departments, hospitals, clinics, universities and community providers to measure the impact of their work and to improve results.

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  • "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals" Exhibit

    The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals exhibit, on loan from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, was displayed at UNC Asheville from February to April 2017.  The exhibit was seen by approximately 1,500 people and spawned eight educational programming events on campus.

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  • Community Perceptions of Violence Survey

    The North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville is working with Our Voice, HelpMate, Buncombe County Health and Human Services, and MAHEC to design and administer a survey that captures community perceptions of gender norms/roles, domestic violence, child abuse, and rape. The results of each annual administration of the survey will help shape the delivery of prevention and treatment services in Buncombe County.

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  • Economic Impact Analysis

    This is an initiative to conduct an analysis of the University’s economic impact that will provide a quantifiable measure of economic contribution to the community.

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  • Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

    This is an initiative to ready the University for national recognition as a community engaged institution under the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community.

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  • Western NC Supplier Diversity Network

    This is an initiative to create a supplier diversity network under the auspices of the Western North Carolina Diversity Engagement Coalition that encourages the use of historically underutilized businesses (HUB) and minority business enterprises (MBE) as suppliers for local and regional and contracting projects.

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  • Community-Engaged Learning Designation

    This is an initiative to add a new Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) course designation at UNC Asheville. Faculty members currently have the option of applying through the Key Center to classify a course(s) they are teaching as a Service-Learning (SL) designated course.

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  • Revamping of Alumni Program

    This is an initiative to rebrand the University’s alumni program as it increases the volume and variety of engagement opportunities for alumni.

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  • Training for Healthy Aging Programs

    This is an initiative to provide training opportunities to students, staff, and faculty as program leaders in Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs offered by the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW) through its Healthy Aging NC initiative.

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  • Discover UNC Asheville

    This is an initiative to widen and deepen the campus and community impact of the Discover UNC Asheville program, which sponsors campus visits to K-12 students residing in Asheville Public Housing (AHA).

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Strategic Direction 4:Organizational Capacity Initiatives

Guided by our core values of diversity, innovation, and sustainability, continuously improve our organizational capacity and position UNC Asheville to thrive in an increasingly competitive higher education environment.

  • Construction of Apartment-Style Residence Hall

    This is a construction project to expand residential options for UNC Asheville students by adding 294 apartment-style residence hall beds to the University’s on-campus housing inventory.

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  • Renovation of Highsmith Student Union

    Highsmith Student Union has served as a central connection point for students since it first opened in 1982.  While it has served the university well for the past 35 years, the facility is in need of a major renovation and updates consistent with current best practices for contemporary student unions to meet the expectations and needs of today’s students and campus visitors.

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  • Renovation of Owen and Carmichael Halls

    The Connect NC Bond provides $21.1 million to renovate and revitalize Owen Hall and Carmichael Hall, two buildings on UNC Asheville’s campus that have been in continuous use for 37 years and 50 years respectively, with no major renovations or improvements.

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  • UNCA by the Numbers Data Warehouse

    This is an initiative undertaken by the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning (IREP) to build UNCA by the Numbers, a data warehouse and web portal for enterprise-wide longitudinal reporting and analysis on student admissions, student enrollment, academic progress (including degree completion), student financial aid, instructional activity, student learning and career outcomes, and human resources.

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  • SANS Information Security Training

    This is an initiative to introduce an online security training program for University employees to improve the University’s information security defenses. 

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  • Information Technology Upgrades in Support of Business Operations

    UNC Asheville has undertaken several technology initiatives to improve the efficiency of business operations at the University.

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  • Advancement Data Optimization

    The Division of University Advancement is seeking to improve its data collection and analytic capabilities by working with several new sources of data and tools to utilize that data.

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  • Dining Services Sustainability Enhancements

    This is an initiative to increase, improve, and streamline sustainability programs within Dining Services at UNC Asheville, including education programming for students, faculty and staff.

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  • Diversity Advocates in Faculty Searches

    This is an initiative to design Diversity Advocate training workshops and to reform faculty search committees by requiring that at least two committee members -- the committee member external to the department conducting the search and at least one committee member internal to the department -- complete Diversity Advocate training before a search begins.

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  • Reducing Instructional Reliance on Adjunct Faculty

    This is an initiative to implement some or all of the recommendations of the Academic Affairs Task Force on Use of Non-Tenure Line Faculty for Curriculum Delivery.

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  • Reorganization of Finance Operations and Accounting

    This is an initiative to consolidate finance operations and accounting personnel within the Division of Administration and Finance under the supervision of the Controller to improve overall productivity, risk management, communication, and collaboration by Division employees, thereby also serving more effectively the campus as a whole.

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  • Refined Financial Sustainability Model for Athletics

    This is an initiative to refine the institutional support funding model for the University’s athletics programs and services.

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  • Improving Travel Authorization and Reimbursement Processes

    This is an initiative to automate and streamline travel authorization and reimbursement processes on campus.

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  • Monitoring and Reducing Energy Consumption on Campus

    The University is in the process of introducing several innovative programs to monitor and reduce rising energy consumption tied to increases in square footage on campus.

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  • Scholarship Tracking and Gap Assessment

    This is an initiative to develop processes that identify early, stable sources of financial assistance for recruiting new students, for maintaining the financial aid level of returning students, and for targeted enrollment expansion.

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  • STARS Sustainability Assessment

    This is an initiative to launch a sustainability planning process that builds on the University’s inaugural assessment of its environmental, social and economic sustainability through the STARS  (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) tool, offered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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  • Bulldog Leadership Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Program

    This is an initiative by UNC Asheville Athletics to promote workplace diversity and inclusion based on the NCAA Primer on Leadership Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, distributed to member institutions at its 2016 convention.

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  • Feasibility Study for Fundraising Initiative

    University Advancement is spearheading a feasibility study to test the University's readiness to undertake a significant fundraising initiative.

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  • Merging Events Operations

    This is an initiative to merge the University Events office and the office of Cultural Events and Special Academic Programs into one central events team serving UNC Asheville.

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  • Bulldog Professional Development Lunch and Learn Program

    This is an initiative to create an on-campus professional development program for coaches and staff.

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  • Work Order Processing Efficiency

    This is an initiative to increase efficiency in the processing and completion of work orders. In July 2017 Campus Operations underwent a two-version upgrade of its web-based work order system (TMA).

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  • Environmentally-Sensitive Printing of UNC Asheville Magazine

    This is an initiative to begin printing editions of UNC Asheville Magazine on paper created from 100% post-consumer recycled fiber that is manufactured using renewable biogas energy (a gas produced from the decomposition of landfill waste) and certified as Processed Chlorine Free, EcoLogo, and FSC®.

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  • Developing a Standard Receipts Process in Communication and Marketing

    This is an initiative to develop a standard receipts process for special services offered by Communication and Marketing (C&M).

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  • Master Planning

    This is an initiative to create a new master plan that takes into account future programming needs, evolving student requirements, university and community partnerships, and the dynamic technological environment. All units on campus will be involved in this process.

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  • Additional Campus Parking

    This is an initiative to expand UNCA’s parking inventory through a negotiated easement with the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church.

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  • Green Cleaning Program in Student Housing

    This is an initiative to improve sustainability practices by increasing the use of green seal certified products by staff in Student Housing Operations (SHO).

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  • Leadership Development and Succession Programs

    This is an initiative to promote leadership capability and succession planning by partnering with Leadership Asheville to offering a series of professional development opportunities.

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  • Electronic Document Management/Imaging Platform

    This is an initiative to eliminate reliance on paper records in administrative offices on campus by implementing an Electronic Document Management/Imaging platform for automating the processing, storage, and retrieval of documents, content, and data.

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  • Information Security Governance Committee

    This is an initiative to establish an Information Security Governance Committee as a university-wide, top-level committee of IT and non-IT personnel whose focus is on ensuring that the university makes the best possible decisions in advancing the use of technology to meet its mission, vision, and goals.

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  • Business Process Automation in Budget and Finance

    This initiative will see through the automation of complex business processes and functions beyond conventional data manipulation and record-keeping activities in Budget and Finance.

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  • Event Management System Use and Data Governance

    This initiative seeks to establish common guidelines, rules, and policies for the maintenance of the university’s Event Management System (EMS).

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  • Telephony Service Provider Transition

    This initiative acts on a previous study aimed at assessing the current landscape of the university’s voice services with AT&T and the North Carolina Department of Information Technology.

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  • Large-Format Printing Services

    This is an initiative to provide students, staff, and faculty with low-cost large-format printing services.

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  • Centralized Web Resources for Sponsored Research and Programs

    This is an initiative to create, edit and maintain a multifaceted website designed to assist internal and external stakeholders with “cradle to grave” extramural engagement resources.

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  • Proposal Development and Management Toolkit

    This is an initiative to establish a proposal development and management toolkit for academic departments.

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