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MC receives $1 million grant

to enhance “intellectual capital”

Lilly Endowment gift goes toward faculty,

IT, science equipment


Manchester College will use a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand its “intellectual capital” by enhancing its faculty and information technology, purchasing high-tech equipment for its new Science Center and determining and designing a new use for its aged buildings. 

The grant is part of $100 million the Endowment has awarded to 37 colleges and universities for its Initiative to Recruit and Retrain Intellectual Capital for Indiana Higher Education Institutions. The initiative is designed to help Indiana’s colleges and universities recruit and retain the best faculty and students for their campuses. 

The college will invest $400,000 in faculty development, teaching, learning and research to build the best faculty possible. The money may be spent on hiring as well as continuing development, professional travel, projects, seminars and student-faculty collaborative research.

Manchester College already sets the bar high with its faculty: 94 percent of classes are taught by full-time faculty and 92 percent of its faculty have the highest degree in their field. Class sizes average 21 students.

Manchester plans to use $250,000 of the grant to purchase the latest science technology for its new Science Center that is under construction.  The college hopes the $250,000 also will help it cultivate supporting grants and funding from other benefactors. About 15 percent of the students are science majors and all MC students must complete at least six hours in natural sciences. The new $17 million center will open this summer.

Another  $250,000 will go toward information technology. Manchester was ranked by Yahoo as a “Most Wired” campus in 2000, but information technology is a moving target. The college will perform a campus-wide information technology needs assessment to determine where to spend this portion of the Endowment’s gift.

Holl-Kintner Hall of Science – the 45-year-old current home of Manchester College sciences – will require considerable renovation and repair before it can be used for other academic programs. Manchester will spend $100,000 to determine the maximum possible use of the three-story structure and other aged buildings on campus.

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