President’s and Provost’s Fund for Program Innovation and Excellence

Welcome to the starting line to help drive CMU's 2030 strategic transformation: the President's and Provost's Fund for Program Innovation and Excellence.

We are excited to announce we received over 60 proposals requesting a total of $13.8 million. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a proposal for consideration.

We are convinced these projects will make a significant contribution to serving our students and advancing CMU's goals of Rigor, Relevance and Excellence. Below is the list of selected proposals. 

Robert O. Davies, President

Mary C. Schutten, Provost


Proposal Leader Title of Proposal
Jeremy Bond
ZenEd: A Zero-Cost Path for Students through CMU's General Education Program
Shay DawsonDisability Studies and Community Inclusion
Tanya Domina CMU Fashion Future: Pathways to Rigorous, Relevant, and Excellent Fashion Education in Detroit
Jesi Ekonen Parker Creative Campus and Digital Literacy
Richard Forest The Centerpiece. General Education for 2030.
JoDell Heroux Post-baccalaureate initial endorsement in special education
Patrick Kinnicutt Computer Science Innovations and Collaborations in Research and Teaching
Melinda Kreth
Create an Office of Continuing Education and Training and obtain IACET accreditation
Carl Lee University-wide data science program
Sarah Marshall Central Michigan University Academic Scholars Program
Larissa Niec Solution Pools: Innovative Learning Structures to Foster Student Creativity & Develop Technological Solutions to Child Health Disparities
Sheri Pickover TeleMental health counseling services in Michigan: Enhancing training and addressing critical needs in the northern Lower Peninsula
Heather Polinsky Central Michigan University Drone Lab
Susan Powers Textbook affordability program
Katie Squires
Structured Language and Literacy Intervention Certificate
Jonathan Truitt Mind Games: Enhancing education at CMU through game-based learning
Al Zainea The Credentialing Initiative: Expanding CMU's Footprint as the Credential Engine for Degree Pathways