UWindsor commits more than $1.6 million to improve an exceptional student experience

Strategic Priority Fund supports teaching, learning, research and community engagement in 2011-2012 budget

WINDSOR, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - In an ongoing effort to support its Strategic Plan, Thinking Forward, Taking Action, the University of Windsor has committed more than $1.6 million for new initiatives and programs to improve the experience of both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Strategic Priority Fund was first established as part of the University's 2009/2010 operating budget as an on-going commitment to fund new programs that would directly support the vision and values of the institution's strategic plan. Just a few of the 31 projects approved for the 2011/2012 budget year include:

  • An Open Learning position which will coordinate the efforts of all faculties to develop online and full degree programming to meet the growing demand for these offerings and to remain competitive.
  • A new graduate diploma will be developed in Advanced Practice Oncology/Palliative Care Nursing in partnership with the de Souza Institute in Toronto.
  • For the first time in Canada, a new Integrated Engineering and Arts undergraduate program will be developed with a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Psychoeducational assessment and consultation for children and adolescents will be offered to the community at the Psychological Services and Research Centre.
  • Several new mentoring and instructional support programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and in Chemistry and Biochemistry will assist first-year students with the transition to university.
  • New programs will be developed for faculty to participate in teaching exchange programs with China and Tanzania.
  • Opportunities will be explored to increase the number of practical clinical placements for Music Therapy students.
  • A new one-year Master of Biotechnology program will be developed in partnership with the Centre for Executive and Professional Education.
  • An internship program will be established for Masters students in Political Science.

"The strategic plan is shaping our University's future and these funded projects will help us reach our vision of being a progressive student-centered university. The Strategic Priority Fund is working to align the University of Windsor's operating budget with its strategic plan in a time of fiscal restraint," says UWindsor President Alan Wildeman. "These priorities guide our achievements and show what is important to us as a university community. It is vitally important that we provide ways to support innovative ideas like these in the future."

All faculty and staff members are invited to apply for funding for projects that provide cost-effective ways to meet the University's strategic objectives. Decisions for allocation of funds are made by the University Provost, Chief Planning Officer and the Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs.

"The Strategic Priority Fund has already enabled a number of initiatives to improve curriculum, enhance the student experience, promote research and build a basis for future developments in all aspects of university operations," says Leo Groarke, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. "It has provided a means for faculty and staff to see their creative ideas come to fruition and encourages everyone in the campus community to take part in building the future of our University."

Previously funded and ongoing projects include:

  • Establishment of the Centre for Enterprise and Law, which provides custom solutions to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations and business, in order to promote economic sustainability for the Windsor-Essex community.
  • Training and the creation of a course for an intervention program to prevent sexual assault.
  • Programs to enhance the first-year experience in Science and Computer Science;
  • Foundational mathematics instruction to enhance math learning, improve grades, and improve retention rates.
  • An Engineering outreach program focused on the needs of high school students.

For more information on the Strategic Priority Fund, visit www.uwindsor.ca/spf.

Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship, research and engagement.

SOURCE University of Windsor

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Lori Lewis
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