Strengthening Academic Support and Access to the Furman Experience
Supporting academic achievement is the standard for all colleges and universities and is the centerpiece of any fundraising campaign. Furman’s historic commitment to undergraduate teaching, intellectual mentoring and active engagement through research, study abroad and internships requires sustained advocacy at a level commensurate with the university’s distinguished record of accomplishment — and its ambitions.
This area of priority seeks commitments of $45 million to support:
- Creation of endowed professorships to stimulate teaching and scholarship and enhance the curriculum.
- Funding for faculty development and student internship and research programs.
- Expansion of international education opportunities to broaden students’ cultural awareness and capacity to participate in the global economy, with emphases on study away, recruitment of international students, and advancing Furman’s national leadership position in Asian Studies.
- Concentrated efforts to increase student and faculty diversity.
- Additional financial aid to attract and retain students who can benefit most from and contribute to the Furman experience, and to alleviate pressure on the university’s operating budget.
On the following pages, we highlight four of the specific initiatives that have organized fundraising efforts underway.
The Furman Standard (faculty development)