Our primary fundraising effort right now is Building Futures: The Campaign for the Future of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. With the help of more than 30 community volunteers, we are striving to raise $5,500,000 before June 30, 2017. Our first capital campaign since the founding of the college, Building Futures Campaign has four priorities: Accessibility, Innovation, Excellence and Sustainability.
The first priority, Accessibility, reflects our strong commitment to providing generous financial aid to our students, more than half of whom are the first in their families to attend college. More than 80 percent of PA College students rely on some sort of assistance to pay for their education, with large numbers taking on federal or private loans. Two-thirds of our students attend college part-time, working full-time to support themselves and their families while paying their way through school. Historically we have had very limited resources with which to provide scholarships. We seek to increase these resources dramatically through the campaign by establishing new endowed scholarship funds and attracting additional resources from donors on an annual basis. In order to ensure that a professional career in health care remains accessible and affordable to students from all backgrounds, we must dramatically increase the amount of need-based scholarship aid we can commit to our incoming students.
The second priority, Innovation, reflects our strong commitment to sustain our academic program at the cutting edge of technology and pedagogy to educate the health care leaders of tomorrow. One of the best examples of this commitment is our new Center for Excellence in Practice, where students will integrate theoretical and clinical learning in a state-of-the-art simulation health care facility. Simulation learning is a vital part of our academic philosophy. As a complement to actual clinical placements, simulation learning provides students with active, immersive opportunities to learn in situations that challenge them to draw on everything they have learned to date.
The third priority, Excellence, reflects our strong desire to have PA College recognized widely across the health care and higher education sectors for our pioneering faculty-learner engagement, superb faculty, and culture of collaborative inquiry. With generous donor engagement, we will invest new resources into every aspect of our academic programs—our faculty, our pedagogical materials, and our curriculum—and we will position ourselves within the community as a highly respected source of regional expertise in health care education of the highest caliber.
The fourth and final priority, Sustainability, recognizes the importance of increasing our endowment resources while quickly repaying the debt we have accrued in constructing the new campus. Unrestricted gifts to the Building Futures Campaign will be put to immediate use to ensure that PA College is well positioned for long-term self-sufficiency and sustained growth.
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