Advisory Council is
established to help focus fund-raising efforts
University officials plan for SUs next major fund-raising
campaign, they know they can turn to a newly established council
for ideas and guidance. The Development Advisory Council (DAC),
which is chaired by Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, was specially designed
to facilitate the upcoming campaign. The council consists of some
50 members drawn from every corner of the campus, including deans,
administrators, faculty, staff, and students, as well as an alumnus
and a trustee. The DAC is charged with a variety of functions in
the campaign, which promises to be the most ambitious in Syracuse
history. Perhaps its single most important function is keeping the
lines of communication open among campus constituencies and SU development
professionals. The council gives us two valuable advantages,
says John D. Sellars, senior vice president for institutional advancement,
who created the DAC. It ensures that the development office
can focus its fund-raising efforts to directly support the needs
and goals of the campus. At the same time, it gives us access to
the strategic thinking and problem-solving prowess of some of the
best and brightest minds on campus.
preparations now under way for the massive fund-raising effort,
the first job of council members will be to articulate priorities
and objectives for recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Accordingly,
the inaugural meeting last fall was largely informational. Much
of the initial meeting focused on the resources, objectives, and
strategies of comparable institutions, offering us a context for
looking at what we will be doing, says history professor and
DAC member David Bennett. I find it heartening that this campus-wide
group was organized. To the best of my knowledge, nothing like this
has been done before by a university in a major fund-raising campaign.
council continues to meet at regular intervals throughout the academic
year to review data and discuss and recommend development strategies.
Other council responsibilities include assisting in the Chancellors
roundtable meetings and recruiting qualified volunteers for specific
Shaw is pleased to have this valuable new resource at his disposal.
The scope of the next campaign will be broader and deeper
than any we have attempted so far, he says. Therefore
tapping the expertise and goodwill of this representative group
is essential to ensure consensus on priorities and to help the whole
campus take ownership of the critical fund-raising process. I look
forward to relying on the collected wisdom of this important council.
Higher Education Study
Syracuse is proud of its commitment to helping students overcome
obstacles that can sometimes stand in the way of graduation. Now,
with the help of a nearly $1 million grant from the Lumina Foundation
for Education, SU professors Vincent Tinto and Cathy McHugh Engstrom
are extending SUs Academic Plan priority of ensuring student
success to benefit undergraduates across the country.
Lumina grant enables the two School of Education professors to co-direct
a comprehensive three-year study of existing student preparation
and transfer programs. This project brings together our programs
long-standing involvement in issues of educational reform and our
work on issues of access and equity, says Tinto, Distinguished
Professor of Education and chair of the Higher Education Program.
It provides us with a forum to argue for a national rethinking
of the ways in which colleges and universities address the learning
needs of under-prepared students.
Cathy McHugh Engstrom
coordinator of the higher education masters degree program,
points out that the Lumina project dovetails with Syracuses
well-established strengths and interests in the field. Our
graduate students will be immersed with faculty in cutting-edge
scholarship that is intimately tied to policy and practice,
she says. We will examine innovative pedagogies that utilize
multi-method approaches, responsive to the needs of todays
Lumina Foundation for Education is a private, nonprofit organization
dedicated to helping people achieve their potential by broadening
access toand creating the conditions forsuccess in post-secondary
education. Luminas generous expression of confidence in SUs
ability to help it achieve that mission includes the funding of
three doctoral student research assistantships during each of the
three years of the project.