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New Suite, New Initiatives by Bonnie Shea, Manager
Communication and Events, Graduate College

On February 19 the Graduate College opened its brand new doors at Main 301 and by the following Friday, 19 pounds of coffee beans had been brewed. The new suite, which has brought together Graduate College staff from office locations across campus, sees hundreds of students, faculty, staff and visitors a day.

Graduate College New Suite “Our new home in the Main Building helps us improve the student experience, while also facilitating collaboration among the faculty and professional staff dedicated to graduate education,” said James Herbert, PhD, dean of the Graduate College and executive vice provost. “We have ambitious plans for the college, and this beautiful space sets the stage for realizing these goals.”

One of these ambitious and inter-disciplinary initiatives is the Market-Driven Academic Program Ventures (MPVs). In partnership with the Office of the Provost, the Graduate College is currently accepting proposals, through April 4, for highly distinctive, new or redesigned degree programs—programs with significant market appeal and the potential to provide key professional opportunities for future students.

Functioning akin to venture capital funding, selected teams will be provided start-up resources to ensure quality and sustainability, including a formal market study, release time for the first year of instruction, partial support for directing the new program, and funds to foster and advance partnerships when pertinent.

“I am very encouraged by the interest in the MPV program. We already had 17 teams present their preliminary ideas at a networking event, and most of these were highly creative and inspiring,” added Herbert.

Proposed programs can be on-campus, online, hybrid, at satellite locations, or delivered within the facilities of corporate partners. More information on the MPV initiative including submission details can be found on the MPV page on the Graduate College website.