The recognition of distinctive programs is directed internally and externally, and serves a twofold purpose. Internally, it fosters appreciation for the quality of the university's academic programs and accomplishments of faculty, students and alumni; and encourages and supports programs in their achievement of excellence. Externally, it broadcasts the pride the university feels to external stakeholders, promotes public awareness of specific outstanding accomplishments and invites investment in the institution.
All programs should benefit by the increased visibility and recognition that distinctive programs bring to
Both of the programs selected for the top level of support already have earned national reputations as leaders in their disciplines. The financial services program encompasses several areas including:
university’s nationally recognized insurance and risk management
The Networks Financial Institute, funded by a Lilly Endowment gift of $20 million, which provides education, outreach and research for the financial services industry.
The Gongaware Center, created by a $5 million gift from Don and Pat Gongaware, to support executive development, student development and industry research in insurance and risk management.
recipient of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Christa McAuliffe Award for its Professional Development Schools
Selection to an elite group of 30 programs in the nation to be invited to join the "Learning Network" of the Carnegie Corporations' Teachers for a New Era (
Recognition by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future by selecting ISU’s teacher education program to be part of the Leadership Consortium on High Quality Teacher Preparation.
Millions of dollars in grant and research funding received from national sources over the past few years, the most recent of which was a $3.9 million Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Regional/State Distinction and Programs of Promise
The Distinctive Programs initiative also provides
recognition and funding to eight Regional and State Distinctive Programs
and seven Programs of Promise. The programs selected for this
recognition cluster around four major areas which are linked to
The Regional/State Distinctive Programs include:
Doctor of Psychology
Center for Health, Religion and Spirituality
Ph.D. in Technology Management
The Programs of Promise are:
Training Clinical Program
Student Affairs and Higher Education
University Honors Program
A total of $1,090,000 will be invested in these programs, with most Regional/State Distinctive Programs receiving approximately $50,000 each, while the investments in Programs of Promise range from $50,000 to $200,000.
Distinctive Programs were recommended by a committee composed of faculty, administrators, and the chair of the ISU Foundation. Information on the process is available in the documents posted below.