Hiram College

ACADEMIC REDESIGN VISION 20/20 CAMPAIGN

Hiram College is in the midst of implementing a systemic redesign of the entire undergraduate experience. The redesign is called The New Liberal Arts™, and it brings exciting changes to the First-Year Experience, Academic Majors, the Core Curriculum, Experiential Activities, and the Skill set and Mindset students will develop.

As part of the academic redesign, faculty and staff are adding an array of mission-driven, market-wise curricular and co-curricular offerings. We hope that some campaign gifts will be designated as start-up funds to get many new and emerging programs off the ground; we hope others will bolster or enhance programs that need to be elevated to the next level.

NLA Elements and Outcomes

We hope that you will consider the following finding opportunities in support of the Academic Redesign:

NAME A SCHOOL

As part of The New Liberal Arts, we are designing a new academic structure to cluster majors under a larger academic umbrella called “Schools.” The School Structure will further enhance the interdisciplinary learning that Hiram values.

In late August 2018, we were thrilled to name the School of Business after one of our most philanthropic and engaged alumni, Dean Scarborough ’77. We have four more schools to name. We hope to find, through this campaign, generous donors who are interested in making an investment to name and position the four remaining Schools. A school-naming gift will support facility renovations, faculty research and professional development, student scholarships, high-profile speakers or symposia events, equipment purchases and upgrades, and more.

The five schools, majors, minors, centers and stations

HIRAM CONNECT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING FUND

During the course of their four years, all Hiram students are required to complete at least one high-impact experiential activity such as an internship, research project, study-away trip, or service activity. Since many students need financial support to undertake these types of endeavors, we are establishing a Hiram Connect Experiential Fund from which students can apply for support.

NEW MAJOR START-UP FUND

As we continue to identify and add relevant new majors, this gift will provide salary and benefits for instructional support and startup operational funding for the new programs, which may include technology, equipment, and library resources.

SCHOLARLY INNOVATION FUND

Faculty are the engine of Hiram’s academic redesign and our work in developing The New Liberal Arts. A gift here will support academic projects that encourages scholarly innovation, collaborative research projects, faculty and student publications, professional development opportunities, partnerships with businesses and outside institutions, and more.

SCHOLARSHIP FUND

If faculty are the engine of the redesign, then our students are the spark that keep all of us humming. So many of Hiram’s students today face financial challenges. Therefore, this fund will provide for the increasingly necessary annual and/or endowed scholarships for students. Donors may create an unrestricted scholarship or fund one within a school or major of interest.

SCHOOL DIRECTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND

We have learned over the years that it is not enough to implement an innovative concept; it must be adequately funded beyond the launch phase. These resources will be available to school directors to boost student recruitment and retention initiatives in their areas.

WORLD-CLASS VISITING LECTURER FUND

Visitors, lecturers, and artists with sharp minds and creative spirits have long enjoyed sharing their expertise with the Hiram community. A gift here will help us engage world-class thinkers and doers in coming to campus for a short period of time, including teaching in our three-week terms.

SCHOLARLY TRAVEL FUND

To ensure that our faculty stay current in their fields of study, we must invest in their scholarship. A gift of this sort will allow faculty members to engage in research at a distance, to collaborate with faculty outside of the Hiram community, and to travel to conferences and lectures essential.

FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR NEW MAJOR OR PROGRAM

Over the last three years we have added several new majors and minors: Integrative Exercise Science, Natural History, Marketing, International Studies, Sport Management. Academic additions such as horse must be data-driven. Hence, they necessitate market demand studies and student and employee queries. A gift in this area will help Hiram research the next major or two we should consider adding or changing.

James H. Barrow Field Station Faculty and Staff Research Fund

Our 550-acre biological field station is one of Hiram’s most unique treasures. A gift of this nature will fund faculty/staff-led research projects, send faculty and collaborators to academic conferences to participate or present, and furnish faculty and staff with the supplies they need to conduct and disseminate their research.

LATE NIGHT PROGRAMMING

Food is always a hit on colleges campuses. Our activities staff coordinate a couple of “late night” dining hall activities a semester; they typically draw hundreds of students from all areas of the campus. Students love the events and the food, and they have requested that we host these events more routinely. A gift to support our “late night” program will allow us to offer a consistent slate of activities to students particularly during the hours of 9 p.m.-midnight.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

Student leaders play a considerable role in building an ethos of care and community. To prepare them for this weighty role, they need to participate in organizational training and development activities. This gift will allow us to support on-and- off campus pre-professional development activities—opportunities that will serve student leaders well at Hiram and as they enter the work world.