1. Student & Faculty Support
Recruitment Scholarships - The College of Business is now a 4 year college that admits students straight from high school. This gives us the ability to recruit the best graduates into our programs. These top students are being recruited by other universities. If we want to attract them to our campus, and to thereby raise the competitive level of our college, we need to be able to offer competitive scholarships. A few top students in a class can dramatically change the dynamics and enhance the education of all. Goal: 40 endowments at $75,000, or annually funded at $3,000 per scholarship.
Living Learning Community – In Fall 2012, the first Business Living Learning Community was established with 48 freshmen business students taking residence in Cotton Hall. These students took at least 2 courses together in the fall and spring semesters, shared leadership development experiences and supported each other as they adjusted to campus life. The College supported a number of bonding, development, and leadership events over the year. Due to the success of the program and its popularity among freshmen, we will expand the living learning group to at least 75 for fall 2012. This program will increase student graduation rates. Goal: Endowment of $200,000 or annually funded at $7,500 per year. Impact of over 75 students per year.
Student Study Abroad - In the age of globalization, an intimate understanding of another culture is both a valuable academic asset and an enriching personal experience. East Carolina University strongly believes in the development of an international perspective among its students and faculty. You can help cost share for student participation in semester-long international study. Many of our students have not been able to travel abroad before this. The cost of the summer program runs about $5,000 per student, and this cost makes it impossible for most. We need a pool of funds that can be used to lower the student cost to allow more to participate. Goal: Endowment of $500,000 or annually funded at $20,000 per year. Impact of 20 students per year.
Student Local Travel Fund – An increasing number of faculty are opting to take students on trips to enrich their learning experience. Examples include senior marketing students traveling to Atlanta and insurance students traveling to Charlotte and Ashville for competitions. The experiential part of class is what impacts the students the most and we need to encourage these kinds of activities. Goal: Endowment of $250,000 or annually funded at $10,000 per year. Impact of over 150 students per year.
Commemorative Coin – Starting in 2011 the College of Business gave each graduating senior a commemorative coin with the university crest on one side and the College's logo on the other. These cost about $5 each. We have not been able to pay for the display box that goes with the coin at a cost of about $6 each. Students who have received the coins are very proud of them and likely will display them on their desk indefinitely. We view this as a way to constantly remind our alumni of their attachment to the college. Goal: Endowment of $200,000 or annually funded at $7,500 per year. Impact of over 600 students per year.
Distinguished University Professorships - Faculty are the single most important element in providing students with an exceptional learning experience and enhancing our reputation for teaching and scholarship. Create a new faculty position to attract prominent teacher-scholars and support their teaching and research. Goal: Endowment of $336,000 and up.
Faculty Fellowships - Help the College of Business retain top junior faculty – tomorrow’s leaders – by providing them with salary supplements as well as teaching and research support, bridging the compensation gap until they achieve tenure. Goal: Endowment of $125,000 or annually funded at $5,000 per year.