The KU School of Business recently developed the “e Platform” — an excellence in professionalism platform — that will be required for all undergraduate students admitted for fall 2020. This innovative new program consists of six one-hour courses including traditional career services offerings, an internship requirement, general and major-specific skills certifications and experiences, exposure to cutting-edge topics, and extensive interactions with industry partners. Your gifts will support this signature program so that our students can have these personal and professional development experiences as they journey through college and into their careers.
Shell Space Build-Out
When the KU School of Business moved into Capitol Federal Hall in 2016, the building plans included three levels of unfinished spaces, or shell spaces, in order to address future needs. This year the school completed plans for these spaces. Construction to turn the fourth-floor shell space into a shared office space for doctoral students began over the fall 2019 semester. This spring, the School will build out the second- and third-floor shell spaces into classrooms that will house our professionalism platform courses. Gifts to the Shell Space Build-Out will support the construction of a total of four classrooms and six breakout rooms in these spaces.
Faculty Research Competition Fund
A gift to the Faculty Research Competition Fund supports efforts to retain our talented faculty. Currently, the School of Business provides summer research funding for faculty through professorships and fellowships, but these financial awards are in short supply. The Faculty Research Competition Fund is an innovative way to provide opportunities for competitive summer research funding. Faculty submit written proposals for research grants, and the best proposals are supported with summer funding.
School of Business Greatest Need
Unrestricted gifts to the KU School of Business provide flexibility for the School to address immediate needs or take advantages of opportunities that arise throughout the academic year. This might include support toward experiences that enhance the student experience, programming to engage alumni or industry partners, or funding to enhance the technology in Capitol Federal Hall.