Transformational Initiative Fund


Call for proposals for initiatives with significant impact on three areas of focus 1) Student Success, with an emphasis on initiative that will improve retention and 6-year graduation rates; 2) Diversified Funding—examples would include examples that enhance alumni participation, giving rates, generate funded research, or develop new executive education programs; 3) Campus of Choice—examples would include efforts that significantly enhance the rankings or profile of our programs, improve our reputation among high school counselors, or result in stronger community partnerships, enhance diversity, or strengthen recruitment; profiling stronger programs, enhancing WMU’s profile as an institution of choice for all WMU stakeholders. Proposals are eligible for continuing one-time funding, with the potential for permanent funding in the third year pending ongoing assessment and delivery of strategic outcomes.


Proposals can come from all levels of the institution. Units are strongly encouraged to solicit faculty and staff input. Priority consideration will be given to proposals spanning across multiple (at least 2) vice presidential areas, and will require vetting/approval from each vice president involved in the initiative. Each vice presidential area will contribute financial resourcing in support of the proposals, with a guaranteed match from the Office of the President. An example, a proposal funded by two vice presidents for $100,000 each selected by the vice presidential committee would receive total funding of $400,000 including the Office of the President match in cost share.

Year 1 of funding will be soft money with an assessment of the project status at the end of the first year. Year 2 funding will be soft money, with any continuation based on assessment, meeting determined benchmarks, and some deliverables of strategic outcomes being met. Third-year permanent funding will be determined based on assessment, benchmarks met, outcomes, and impact.

Proposal details

Proposals should focus on elevating and raising up initiatives/projects, not on remediation or reviving/restoring lost positions or struggling programs. Proposals must not exceed 5 pages in length. The deadline for proposal submissions to vice presidents is Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Vice presidents will vet and prioritize submissions for discussion at the President’s Cabinet meeting on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. The final decision on awards will be made by the President and will be announced at the beginning of January, 2018.