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TU Priorities

Transformation isn’t new at TU. Businesses and industries have always had to grapple with currentday realities while also looking ahead to what’s next and be ready to transform. Every step of the way, TU has been there to ensure students learn what’s practical and what’s next for success in an ever-changing professional world.

Transforming curriculum, and in turn its impact on learning, is an ongoing commitment that has never remained idle. It is our mission – to educate students by linking knowledge to professional practice.

The need to transform again is more urgent than ever.

Our energy and resources have always been focused on practical yet innovative programs, fostering an environment for all students to feel known and thrive, and ensuring student outcomes. Those priorities will never change. Yet over time we are presented with new opportunities that we get to prioritize for the sake of helping students succeed. The opportunity that is in front of us now is clear: create new and innovative learning environments that faculty and students need and deserve. This creates environments that reinforce and help enable the student outcomes we desire.

“FOR MOST OF OUR HISTORY, WE HAVE BEEN LASER-FOCUSED ON ENSURING STUDENT SUCCESS ONCE THEY LEAVE OUR CLASSROOMS – AND WE HAVE DELIVERED AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

NOW IT’S TIME TO DELIVER AN ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE ALIGNED WITH 21ST CENTURY WAYS OF LEARNING THAT WILL TRULY DIFFERENTIATE AND TRANSFORM TIFFIN UNIVERSITY.”

Dr. Lillian Schumacher, Tiffin University President

Our Priorities.

Four pivotal priorities. One enduring commitment.

Our priorities are all about, and will lead to student success. They are practical, necessary and innovative in the way they will impact the TU experience. These priorities are part of a larger vision and plan to continue transforming Tiffin University over the course of the next decade. Collectively – and with your support – they will transform campus, the TU experience and the lives of students. For good.

students leaving murphy academic support center

Pfeiffer Library holds the distinction of being the first building for which TU raised funds and constructed – “from the ground up.” Now, more than 50 years later and after a number of quick fixes to keep pace with changing times, it is no longer optimized for today’s technology or today’s students.

The Murphy Academic Support Center and Pfeiffer Library will transform a mid-century library into a nimble, 21st century hub of intellectual engagement and enrichment with modern spaces that can flex to meet the needs of future TU students. Its intentional design will foster deliberate and necessary interaction for learning, teaching and collaboration, while still giving students a technology rich destination for independent study. This renovation will ensure that the Murphy Academic Support Center and Pfeiffer Library is restored as an important crown jewel of campus for academic advancement.

Features

  • Reconfigured footprint to maximize functionality, efficiency and traffic flow across 12,055 sq. ft.
  • Designated research zones and data areas
  • Enhanced in-library discovery services
  • Optimized access to evolving print catalogue and electronic assets
  • Increased technology and charging access
  • Independent workstations
  • Comfortable seating and furniture
  • Fully digital computer labs
  • Flexible testing and classroom space
  • Enhanced office spaces
  • Added storage space

center for science and technology rendering

Science and technology are among our fastest growing areas of study within the University, yet they are also the least equipped to provide students with adequate space to learn and practice scientific principles and methods in a laboratory setting.

The seamless connection between the Hertzer Technology Center and the existing Science Laboratories creates the unified STEAM Corridor: Center for Science and Technology. By establishing more laboratory and instructional space across the STEAM Corridor footprint, a more robust learning experience occurs. The integration of spaces also signals the integration of the interdisciplinary disciplines of chemistry, biology, forensic and applied sciences. And we’ll introduce a 2,400 square-foot exercise science laboratory where students will delve deeper into the essential role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention, treatment and recovery from a variety of disease conditions. In all, three new laboratories will ensure that students in forensic science and applied health sciences develop the experiential skills they’ll need in the workforce.

Features

  • Reconfigured footprint to maximize functionality, efficiency and traffic flow across 12,055 sq. ft.
  • Designated research zones and data areas
  • Enhanced in-library discovery services
  • Optimized access to evolving print catalogue and electronic assets
  • Increased technology and charging access
  • Independent workstations
  • Comfortable seating and furniture
  • Fully digital computer labs
  • Flexible testing and classroom space
  • Enhanced office spaces
  • Added storage space

center for innovation and learning rendering

This is the largest endeavor to enhance student living and learning on the TU campus. Aptly named, the Center for Innovation and Learning provides an unconventional solution to student housing and academic space in a two-tower design that integrates rather than separates student housing from the core of academic facilities.

With more than 65,000 square feet of living and learning space, the modular-like design presents expansive new opportunities for students to gather, learn, make and create experiences that currently don’t exist on campus and therefore filling a crucial void. A first of its kind, this immersive living-learning environment will facilitate collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving unlike any other space on campus.

Students will get to live and learn at the newest hub of innovative, academic and cultural activity on campus. The Center for Innovation and Learning addresses the critical demand for secure, on-campus student housing in a modern, multi-dimensional development that also is designed to expand the learning space footprint in new and forward-thinking ways. Adaptable spaces that serve as learning spaces, faculty offices, business incubation facilities and first-floor retail all interwoven into the Center ensures a level of on-campus vibrancy that significantly enhances the TU experience for everyone.

Features

  • More than 65,000 square feet of living and learning space
  • New campus housing units in one, two and three-bedroom configurations
  • 42 new faculty offices
  • Entrepreneurial Center for co-working and business incubation
  • Designated maker spaces
  • Gathering and display spaces
  • Amphitheater
  • Academic space for classrooms, lecture halls
  • Group study spaces and meeting rooms
  • Career counseling and testing center

Without exceptional faculty to lead our programs and a diverse student body who can afford to learn from them, the college experience isn’t complete. University scholarships and endowments are essential for TU to fulfill its purpose of transforming lives through education. In tandem with the important facility upgrades and new structures, making scholarships and endowments a priority ensures that students and faculty members alike have undeniable reasons to entrust their future to TU.

First and foremost, we make our practical and private college education within reach of more financially deserving students. TU already is more affordable than other private school options in Ohio. This focus on University scholarships is an intentional focus on first-generation students and those who may not have the financial resources for a college education. With increased scholarships, the scales tip further in their favor.

A commitment to growing endowments has a multi-pronged purpose. Through endowed chairs and academic priorities, we are able to secure the best and brightest professionals in their respective fields who support our practical, real-world education. But endowments do far more than impact our teaching priorities. They also help us attract one-of-a-kind events, exhibits and renowned speakers to campus, support athletic endeavors, pursue untapped opportunities and ensure that other aspects of the campus experience are top notch. Through endowed giving, the opportunities to customize gifts – and help in the ongoing transformation of TU – are limitless.

Let’s transform Tiffin University Together

Schedule a time to meet and discuss the opportunities available and the role you can play in helping us transform the TU experience and the lives of countless students.

To truly stand out, we must not feel compelled to fit in.