The Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling nearly $70 million in support of nine large-scale projects aimed at addressing significant challenges and opportunities faced by colleges and universities in Indiana.
The third and final round of funding awarded through the endowment's Charting the Future for Indiana's Colleges and Universities initiative includes grants ranging from $2.7 million to $10 million in support of projects with the potential to improve retention and graduation rates; create new approaches to workforce training; enhance middle and high school preparation for higher education; align curricula, advising, and experiential learning to improve employment outcomes; expand mental health resources; strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; and create collaborative models that reduce the cost of administrative services. Several of the projects will involve collaborations with community organizations, K-12 schools, employers, and other colleges and universities.
Recipients include Butler University, which will use its grant to create a Division of Professional Studies and EdVision Ventures focused on developing entrepreneurial opportunities and new models for postsecondary and workforce learning; Indiana State University, in support of a collaborative effort with Ivy Tech Community College – Terre Haute to improve retention and graduation rates for first-generation students, students of color, and students who qualify for federal Pell grants; and Wabash College, which will use the funds to enhance the campus climate and expand community collaborations in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
"Indiana's colleges and universities face myriad challenges as they work to fulfill their educational missions while adapting to growing financial pressures, rapid demographic and technological changes, and evolving needs and demands of students," said Ted Maple, the endowment's vice president for education. "We are pleased with the creative and collaborative approaches the colleges and universities are taking to address these challenges and seize opportunities to better serve their students, institutions, communities, and the state of Indiana through these nine projects."
For a complete list of projects awarded grants, see the Lilly Endowment website.