The liberal arts and sciences have never been more important. Today’s students are preparing for jobs that don’t yet exist. To be ready for this uncertain future, students must be skilled critical thinkers, problem solvers and communicators. This is the kind of education we provide in the College of Arts and Sciences.
College of Arts and Sciences graduates go on to advance the greater good at home and around the globe; they also work on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and all points in between in industries that drive our economy. All of this is meaningless, however, if students can’t attend UVM in the first place. We aim to increase endowment for all kinds of scholarships — need-based, merit and diversity.
We want to make sure more students can access high-impact learning experiences by creating endowed funds to support them. These experiences include research fellowships, where students work alongside faculty mentors on in-depth research projects. Funds could also support travel necessary for students and faculty to conduct research, pursue creative activities, present research findings or exhibit art.
Student Success $2.6 million
Our charge from the state of Vermont is to produce graduates who are ready for the workforce. Internships are invaluable in this quest because they expose students to different work settings and jobs. Stipends will allow more students to take advantage of these learning opportunities and help students present their UVM experiences in compelling ways to potential employers.
Endowed Chairs & Professorships: $30 million
Endowed positions are sought after because they provide a dependable source of income to advance faculty research as well as to support teaching and service to the community. Competition for the best available teachers and researchers is acute; the additional support and recognition accompanying endowed chairs and professorships will give the college a valuable edge in recruiting and retaining eminent faculty.
Academic Programs: $2.4 million
Investments in academic programs will help students and faculty keep pace with knowledge expansion across disciplines. For example, private gifts will strengthen our Teacher-Scholar Training Program, which helps new faculty hone their teaching skills. We also propose a flight of interdisciplinary courses — for example, combining geography with history, or biology with anthropology — to more fully prepare students for an increasingly complex world.
Expanding Facilities $5.6 million
Campaign funds will help construct or renovate a number of college facilities, including transforming the former Elihu B. Taft School into new studio and exhibit space for the Department of Art and Art History, and installing new seating and flooring in Royall Tyler Theatre and upgrading lighting and projection capabilities.
STEM and the College of Arts and Sciences
A keystone of UVM’s future as a 21st-century research university is the largest-ever facilities expansion here: two new buildings encompassing more than 250,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, research facilities and collaborative spaces to serve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students, faculty and programs. The STEM Complex’s $104-million project cost includes a goal of $26 million in non-debt and philanthropic support.