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by Justin Sullivan - STAFF WRITER

President's Cabinet accepting proposals

Tue, Feb 28th 2017 09:25 pm
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INNOVATIVE THINKING - The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting a workshop aimed at bringing together individuals interested in developing proposals to direct the funding of $600,000 for the betterment of student development.
Graphic courtesy of stock-free.org and Flickr INNOVATIVE THINKING - The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is hosting a workshop aimed at bringing together individuals interested in developing proposals to direct the funding of $600,000 for the betterment of student development.

 Nearly $600,000 in funding is up in air at The College at Brockport. 

Through The President's Cabinet's Investment Funds, interested departments can submit proposals to the college's Budget and Resource Committee (BRC) to bring their ideas to life for the 2017-2018 school year.

According to the proposal guidelines, the near $600,000 fund is divided into $249,600 dedicated to the "Investment Fund for Core Needs (IFCN)" and $330,000 dedicated to the "Investment Fund for the Future  (IFF)" respectively.

IFCN is intended to provide one-time funds to support unbudgeted or under-supported needs, as well as initiatives that will have long-term effects. Examples of eligible proposals include development, investment in infrastructure and risk management initiatives. 

Funding for the IFCN comes from net-growth from the last two year's central reserve balances.

The IFF is intended to provide one-time see funds to jump start projects of impact that advance Brockport's Strategic Plan, "Building a Better Brockport 2017 - 2022."

According to the newly emerging Strategic Plan, "The College at Brockport promises to engage our students each day in cultivating their capacity for intellectual, physical, and creative accomplishments."

The 2017 - 2022 Strategic Plan values the four pillars of "Transformation", "Engagement", "Excellence" and "Community" with the goal of creating an inclusive learning community. These plans will be supported by this investments.

The investment fund was first introduced at a college-wide town hall lead by President Heidi Macpherson back in December 2016. 

The town hall served as a community forum to review the original proposal for the five-year Strategic Plan.

According to the project guidelines, proposals for funding from both investment funds encourage proposals that impact more than one department as well as proposals that can give the college a return on its investment.

While every project proposal must go through the college's Budget and Resource Committee it will be the President's Cabinet that will make the final funding decisions.

Alongside Macpherson, The President's Cabinet consists of Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Haynes, Vice President for Administration and Finance James Willis, Vice President for Advancement Mike Andriatch, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Kathryn Wilson and Chief Communications Officer David Mihalyov.

The funds from each investment fund will be divided up as the Cabinet sees fit. Although more than half a million dollars is up for grabs, the cabinet does not necessarily have to use it all to fund this year's round of project proposals.

According to the Investment Funds' guidelines, funded proposals will be required to provide mid-year and year-end progress reports. 

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) held a networking and brainstorming workshop on February 17 to help faculty and staff build powerful proposals that will compete for the nearly $600,000 in funding.

According to The Daily Eagle, "the purpose of this workshop is to create a space for like-minded people to collaborate across disciplines and across divisions to develop workable proposals for improving and advancing the work that we do."

CELT delivers services to advance student learning and teaching excellence, to empower students and instructors through the development and delivery of educational practices that facilitate meaningful learning and to improve the quality of educational experiences for students and faculty. Due to the popular demand of the cabinet and CELT's first workshop, a second workshop was held on February 24.

The deadline for these proposals are Wednesday, Mar. 9 and 23, respectively. The Budget and Resources committee will review the proposals and make its recommendations to The President's Cabinet on April 6 and 13. The final awards will be announced on May 5.

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