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Investing in the Common Good

As the Information Age has altered social interaction and learning on a global scale, the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) has transformed how we prepare future educators and social service professionals. Our forward-thinking programs are now counted among the best in the country, while our students continue to donate 190,000 hours annually to serve communities in need.

Through Move Mountains: The Campaign for The University of Vermont, we will invest to continue this upward trajectory. We will increase scholarships for hard-working students and research support for gifted faculty. We will strengthen programs that show promise for innovative teaching, learning and community impact. And we will do this by partnering with alumni, parents and friends. Join us. 

Scholarships: $4.5 million

Our graduates go on to advance the common good at home and around the globe. We want to ensure these careers remain open to talented students regardless of their financial means. That’s why, through the campaign, we aim to substantially increase endowment for scholarships. Providing more scholarships will attract the most promising students to our classrooms, enriching the learning experience of all.

Faculty Professorships: $1 million

Endowed professorships are a powerful tool to attract, reward and retain outstanding faculty. These positions are coveted by faculty because of the prestige associated with holding a named chair as well as the additional funds provided to advance their research. Endowed professorships will help further faculty research that has a positive impact on society; this includes children in foster care, special education, English language learners and inclusive classrooms.

Programs: $2 million

Increasing the number of educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a national imperative. Our Champlain Research Experience for Secondary Teachers leverages local resources to teach science in schools all over Vermont. We want to expand this innovation to the other STEM fields, encouraging educators to turn toward experiential methods. Campaign support will also allow us to strengthen programs overseas and bring exchange students from around the globe to campus.