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Friends Up North: CBA Gets Major gift from Cleveland

Date: July 24, 2000
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Archive: General News

Cincinnati -- The Cleveland Foundation today announced $4.5 million in gifts to support business education in Ohio. The grants will be shared equally by the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration, Ohio State, and Cae Western Reserve Univerisity. The award comes from the foundation's L. Dale Dorney Fund which supports innovative business and management education programs around the state.

The gift is one of the three largest private gifts ever received by UC's College of Business Administration (CBA). It will be used to supplement the college's efforts to adapt new technologies into the educational process. "This gift will create a major leap forward for us in our ability to employ technologically mediated learning," said Frederick A. Russ, dean of CBA.

"This generous gift will enable us to develop some exciting new initiatives as well as enhance existing seed efforts we've already been working with," added B.J. Zirger, associate professor of management who is serving as project manager and academic program director for the project. "Building on the Cleveland Foundation support, we have the opportunity to do some imaginative, creative curriculum innovations and make connections with the community in ways we haven't had the capability to do in the past."

Initiatives funded by the new grant will help to overcome the traditional limitations of both distance and time. "We are looking to develop the strategy for business school in the 21st century. What that entails, quite possibly, is a different kind of relationship with students both in quality and duration," says Ann Welsh, associate professor of management.

In effect, advanced technology is giving colleges an opportunity to rewrite the rules that limited how education can be delivered. "What this means to the university is another major addition to a growing emphasis on teaching and learning that is gaining momentum," says Fred Siff, UC's vice president for information technology. He says UC has now received more than $4 million this year alone to support technology initiatives. "It's having an impact all across the university, with the outcome being different and more exciting contemporary models for all levels of instruction."

The UC College of Business Administration will use the grant money immediately to support the following programs and facilities:

  • Expansion of video teleconferencing capabilities
  • Development of on-line finance courses
  • Development of models for lifelong learning in business education
  • Evaluation of best practices in technology-based continuing education
  • Improved information technology facilities in CBA

The Cleveland Foundation is the nation's oldest and second-largest community foundation with assets of $1.6 billion. In 1999, the foundation made $84 million in grants and investments in arts and culture, civic affairs, economic development, education, the environment, health, and social services.

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