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College of Education Excellence Fund Focuses on Four Priority Areas that Support Students, Address Urgent Educational Needs

Excellence Fund Pillars

NC State College of Education Dean Mary Ann Danowitz has announced that gifts to the college’s Excellence Fund will provide support to four development priority areas — student scholarships, student experiences, equity initiatives and educational innovation. Danowitz administers the fund, which gives her the discretion in directing funds toward the most critical needs and priorities.

“Donors’ gifts to the college’s Excellence Fund will have a tremendous impact at the time that they are needed most,” Danowitz said. “Whether providing scholarships or life-shaping experiences for our students or helping us intensify equity initiatives or educational innovation that lead to high impact change, gifts to the Excellence Fund help us address critical needs and opportunities in the College of Education and the field of education.”

Below is a look at the Excellence Fund’s four priority areas and examples of each.

Student Scholarships

Student scholarships make it possible for students to pursue education as a career and allow the college to build pathways for all students, particularly students of color — who are underrepresented in our college and in the profession as a whole — in an effort to ensure North Carolina’s future teachers reflect the diversity of the state and the students they will serve.

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Student Experiences

Providing students with enriched learning experiences and programs are important in preparing strong, well-prepared educators. Developing diverse, life-changing experiences for our students helps to advance their understanding of the students and communities where they will serve. And it helps put North Carolina’s top educators into communities where they are needed most.

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Equity Initiatives

In a time when students and teachers are confronted with significant challenges, such as systemic racism and racial injustice, it is important for the college to engage in equity initiatives and provide programs that advance our students’ understanding of racial issues and how to provide a more diverse and inclusive environment in their classrooms. Gifts to the Excellence Fund help the college develop and create programs, research and activities aimed at addressing issues related to equity, such as closing the opportunity gap and diversifying the educator workforce.

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Educational Innovation

Educational innovation is more important now than ever as educational institutions throughout North Carolina and the nation work to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Excellence Fund allows the college to make learning as effective and equitable as possible by providing programs and solutions to K-12 schools, community colleges and higher education and partners. It also allows faculty to connect research to practice and increase opportunities for educational success for all learners across the state and beyond.

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Visit the NC State College of Education Excellence Fund website to learn more about the powerful impact gifts to the Excellence Fund are having on our students’ experiences and our local communities.