Goals and Priorities

Transforming Lives has a goal of $125 million, with nearly 8 in every 10 dollars going to build our endowment, which will enable us to continue to attract and retain quality students and faculty. Rarely in the history of our University has it been more important to invest in the people, programs and facilities that enable Illinois Wesleyan to transform lives.

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ENDOWMENT FOR STUDENTS:  $30 million is being sought to increase the number and amount of grants and scholarships awarded to promising and deserving young scholars, so that the Wesleyan promise of meeting financial need is kept alive. Read more or bullet Watch a video about the Endowment for Students.


ENDOWMENT FOR FACULTY:  $20 million will be raised to support exceptional teaching and scholarship that have been hallmarks of Illinois Wesleyan. The faculty endowment will increase the number of endowed chairs and professorships, and provide support to attract young scholars and artists. Read more or bullet Watch a video about the Endowment for Faculty.


ENDOWMENTS FOR EXCELLENCE:  $22 million will provide funds targeted to key priorities such as the Writing Program Fund, Student Leadership Fund, Academic Advising Fund, Instructional Excellence Fund, Summer Research Fund, Presidential Scholars Fund, President's Initiatives Fund, Globalization Initiatives, Sustainability Fund and Multicultural Fund.


THE WESLEYAN FUND:  $26 million in annual giving that will be used to provide student financial aid, and support a broad range of academic and co-curricular program needs. The Wesleyan Fund goal is to increase the number of alumni giving from fewer than one in four to one in three.


CAMPUS FACILITIES:  $27 million is being sought to build:

The Center for Instruction, a state-of-the-art building that will enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum. The new Center for Instruction will be located on the site of Sheean Library.

An expanded Theatre Arts Complex to replace McPherson Theatre. The new complex will include a larger theatre and expand classroom and support facilities to better unify the theatre arts programs, which are currently located in many different parts of campus.

New Student Housing will be a priority, in order to respond to today's student housing preferences and appeal to juniors and seniors who have increasingly chosen to move off campus.