Support the College of Education
Naming the College of Education
Students are the soul of our college. They inject our community with its essential life and energy.
Each student has unique academic interests, while many have specific challenges and barriers to their
success. Right now, our biggest challenges are to help make college affordable, retain our highly respected faculty, and provide program support to maintain world class stature in the field of education.
This newly proposed Naming our College of Education would: allow us to address the college affordability issue by immediately expanding the number of scholarships offered to offset the cost of tuition and books for students pursuing careers in education; support and retain our talented faculty; provide critical support to key programs that uniquely place our college as amongst the best in the field; and support new initiatives with risk capital investments as they arise. Such a naming fund would enable us to prepare highly qualified, dedicated teachers for schools in Southern Arizona and throughout the state. We would be able to graduate more real-world-ready teachers from the UA than ever before.
• ENHANCE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY —We will expand the size and number of awards to support an additional 20-25 students a year pursuing a career in teaching to help make college affordable and address the marketplace demand in Southern Arizona and across the state for excellent teachers.
A naming would allow us to directly address the State’s need and bring stability with reduced turnover for financial reasons to the teaching profession.
• RETAIN RISING FACULTY STARS— In recent years, the College has battled other universities to retain our terrific faculty, losing only a few to other universities around the country. Those few were junior faculty whose careers were rising thanks to their outstanding research and teaching. Over the near and mid-term, the College simply needs additional resources to remain competitive and keep our fabulous talent here in Arizona. We are proposing funding of a number of endowed chairs and professorship in areas such as Early Childhood Education, Family and Children Literacy, STEM Education, and Education Leadership. Each area has a need for an endowed chair and professorships supporting that chair.
A naming would allow us to create a great team of faculty that would serve to benefit our students seeking careers in the Education field.
• SUPPORT DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING — Funding Worlds of Words Authors/Illustrator Scholar in Residence Endowment would underscore the international stature to this program. The ability to bring scholars from all over the world to teach and conduct outreach would benefit our students and community here. Add to that our ability to conduct distant learning workshops through our recently completed Tele presence Classroom expands our reach world-wide. The college offers a similar experience for students participating in our Verano de Mexico summer program. Funding the Cooper Center for Environment Learning will allow children from 3rd grade to high school in Southern Arizona to participate in powerful desert experiences without regard to a school district’s ability to pay. It would provide exposure to our students seeking to teach environmental education.
A naming would allow us to launch and sustain programs like these indefinitely.
• FUND NEW INITIATIVES — Innovation is needed in our education system. Having seed money available to launch new programs of research, instruction and service can address enduring challenges to America’s education system.
A naming would allow us to the flexibility to pursue new opportunities as they arise.
The projected needs of each of the above vary, because each area has its unique cost element. But if you are interested in naming the College as one big package, the value would be $50 million, which is comparable to what donors have given to have their names on other College of Educations in other Universities around the country.
This College naming supports the University’s strategic plan, Never Settle. As a resource for engaged learners looking to contribute to our state and country by using the best the UA community has to offer, this College will increase graduates pursuing careers in education, retain our best faculty, ensure graduates achieve their greatest potential, and introduce new initiatives in research, instruction and service. Students come to the College with dreams and leave with the direction, confidence, and purpose they need to make the best of their futures. We want this innovative community of students, faculty, and professional staff to be a place for growth, and give every individual the ability to chart their path to success.