Foster Innovation

Innovation is the engine of transformation at Gannon University. New ideas, new initiatives and new ways of enhancing existing programs and protocols all contribute to the dynamism of a University that is in touch with the times and with the people it serves.

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See what Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Linda Wagner, vice president for finance and sdministration, say about Gannon's efforts to foster innovation.

Ground was broken for an ambitious $14.5 million modernization of the Recreation and Wellness Center that will transform an entire city block. The project includes a 12,000-square-foot addition with a glass front facing West Fourth Street, a complete interior renovation that includes a 52,000-square-foot indoor field house and a Human Performance Laboratory that will house a motion analysis lab and a human performance and testing lab. The renovated space was dedicated on Aug. 29, 2014, marking the beginning of a powerful transformation of student life, academics, athletics and the community beyond campus. C

The University began work on the Center for Business Ingenuity, located at 900 State St., which will integrate and house the Dahlkemper School of Business, the Erie Technology Incubator and the Small Business Development Center. The co-location of these three entities will provide vital resources and synergy for students, entrepreneurs and existing businesses.


Raised by the Golden Knight Athletic Boosters, the Largest Amount in History.

Gannon's Dahlkemper School of Business, the Erie Technology Incubator and the Small Business Development were collectively awarded a $520,878 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development to implement the Integrated Business Transformation (IBT) program. This program will provide education and assistance to regional technology-enabled businesses and entrepreneurs to create, sustain and advance their businesses through its technology business accelerator and microloan programs.

Gannon's biomedical engineering program, the region’s only program, began work on the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory that will be located at 130 W. Eighth St. The facility will house new technology including robotic devices used for various analyses, a motion capture system and an electromyography system that measures muscles’ electrical activity against the muscles’ force generated.


Donors Made Gifts, The Most Since 2006-2007

Gannon announced creation of the School of Communication and the Arts within the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, along with its new location at 700 Peach St. The project will merge current and emerging programs in communications and media studies, the digital and performing arts, and co-curricular programs including 90.5 WERG, the Schuster Gallery, the Gannon Knight, the Collins Institute for Archaeological Research and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. A

The Forensic Investigation Center was opened in Spring 2014. The facility for the criminal justice program houses classrooms, mock crime scenes, a laboratory and more, and will begin being used for coursework in Fall 2014. B

The University created Academic and Administrative Unit Review processes as an outcome of work by the Process Review and the Middle States Site Visit Teams. These processes will drive institutional decisions related to reallocation, cost savings and investments, as well as the revision and enhancement of programs and courses. This allows the University to review its current operations, and make recommendations for improvements and efficiencies.

New programs have been added to Gannon's curriculum, including freshwater and marine biology, which includes a Water Education Teaching and Training (WETT) Institute. Healthcare management and supply chain management programs will analyze current healthcare trends and study enterprise resource planning, sourcing and procurement. In a new biochemistry program students will study the chemical composition and reactions within living systems. These programs will be open for enrollment in 2015.

Strategic Plan Measures: Goal One

Teaching and Engagement for Learning

Year One Result1

A $215,000 investment was made toward faculty development and faculty research.

Process Improvement for Institutional Effectiveness

Year One Result1

Two new academic programs began in Fall 2013: Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Sport and Exercise Science.

$416,500 of the budget was reallocated throughout the University.

Market And Delivery for Growth

Year One Result1

Enrollment in online programs reached a total of 232 students in the first year of the Strategic Plan, it has since grown to 281 students in Fall 2014.

1Fiscal Year 2013-14, unless otherwise noted

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