Lilly Endowment gives $1 million to AU

Fri, 2012-07-27 08:58 -- univcomm

Anderson University will receive $1 million from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., for a proposal to attract and retain high quality faculty and students to the campus of Anderson University. The approved proposal by Anderson University is supported by the Endowment’s “Initiative to Recruit and Retain Intellectual Capital in Indiana Institutions of Higher Education.”

“Lilly Endowment has again offered their support to help Anderson University attract and retain the very best and brightest of teachers and students to be a part of this campus community," said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. "Through a wide-reaching program we will be able to offer support for those who create, publish and develop their scholarship, and will enrich the learning experience for some of our strongest students. Anderson University has been made better for both teachers and students, thanks to our friends at the Endowment.”

According to the proposal approved by the Endowment, the following initiatives will be actively pursued by Anderson University:

  • Creation of a Distinguished Scholars Program. The Distinguished Scholars Program will provide scholars and artists released time to pursue and complete research and artistic projects.
  • Development of an Anderson University Honors Program. The AU Honors program will support the creation of an honors-based curriculum as well as various honor-based seminars. The program will also support a Summer Scholars Symposium for gifted and talented students who have completed their junior year in high school. Both of these initiatives will be implemented, monitored and evaluated through a director position.
  • Providing classroom tools to enhance the teaching and learning process. The university will equip all general classrooms on the Anderson University campus with digital equipment to aid in the teaching and learning process. The expansion of digital equipment and digital teaching tools on the campus will provide excellent learning environments for both faculty and students.

“We are grateful that the Endowment is stepping forward to help colleges and universities across Indiana,” said Dr. Carl Caldwell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean. “Anderson University is very excited to be selected as one of the institutions to receive support through this initiative. With this funding, we can continue to recruit and retain strong students and faculty who are committed to the mission of this institution.”

The Endowment announced the $100 million initiative in February with private and public universities in Indiana receiving grants based upon their enrollment. Universities and colleges were encouraged to submit plans that used a wide range of approaches to recruit and retain faculty, staff, students, administrators, visiting fellows and researchers, including renovating or re-equipping teaching, learning or research space.

Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, education, and nursing.