Foster Innovation

At Gannon University, Innovation transcends merely thinking to ALSO embrace doing. It is an entire University community working together on new CHALLENGES and opportunities to foster real-world creativity at the dynamic intersection of theory and practice.

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ANNUAL INVESTMENT in Exceptional Learning Environments

A new campus in Ruskin, Florida was dedicated on August 19, 2015, a bold initiative to serve the needs of the growing population of both students and communities in one of America’s fastest-growing areas. An occupational therapy doctorate is the inaugural degree to be offered at the second Gannon University campus. C

The Center for Business Ingenuity, dedicated in April, co-locates the Dahlkemper School of Business, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Erie Technology Incubator (ETI). The $8.5 million facility is home to the Business Information Systems Laboratory, a high-tech, interactive environment for real-world and global business simulations, and 14 ETI residents. A

In acknowledgement of the synergies that arise when related creative disciplines interact with one another, the Center for Communication and the Arts was opened in September to provide multidisciplinary education in communication studies, media production, advertising, journalism and performing arts. B

Shortly after the Recreation and Wellness Center modernization was completed, an institutional wellness initiative was created, which has led to student employment opportunities with the Fit Crew and healthy, alternative dining at the new Fresh Café. The facility includes the region’s largest Human Performance Laboratory, and provides a venue for yearlong training and recreation for student-athletes and patrons alike.

Responding to student and community needs, new programs were initiated in forensic science, health communication (master’s), industrial engineering, pre-health qualification, public health and occupational therapy (doctorate).

1 OF ONLY 60

 universities in the country offering a Freshwater and Marine Biology Major

A record 200 student-athletes were named 2014-15 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Scholar-Athletes, the league’s highest percentage of scholar-athletes for the third consecutive year. Additionally, 80 percent of teams qualified for postseason play.

The addition of new programs led to the creation of the Center for Advanced Engineering. Located at 130 W. Eighth St. in the former ETI building, it is home to the departments of biomedical, industrial and mechanical engineering, and includes innovative labs with 3D and robotic technology, multi-function classrooms and faculty offices.


 Biomedical Engineering Motion-Capture Center In The Region

Through a generous $1.1 million donation, the Gannon University STEM Center was created to implement free-of-charge tutorial opportunities for students that utilize current best practices in STEM education. It will also allow for collaboration with STEM-focused community partners to improve the STEM graduation rate and strengthen the Erie workforce.

Two student teams in the biomedical engineering and entrepreneurship programs took home the top prizes, and seven total awards, at the Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase, winning a collective total of more than $7,000.

Distance education at Gannon has seen success in a new form of online learning with the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in criminal justice titled, Investigative Concepts: FBI Major Case #203 “Pizza Bomber.” Since it began in April 2014, the MOOC has run four times and included 2,303 participants from eight countries.

During Fiscal Year 2014-15, the University collectively received 30 grants, resulting in a total of $1,598,533.

Strategic Plan Measures: Goal One

Initiative Success Measure Year One Result Year two result
Market and Delivery for Growth Online Student Enrollment 232 281
Teaching and Engagement for Learning Investment in Faculty Scholarship and Development $388,300 $410,996
Process Improvement for Institutional Effectiveness New Program Enrollment 11 26
1This data was recorded as of September 2015.

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