Achieving Distinction

A collaborative strategy to impact and influence quality of life

The University of Akron is supporting the execution of Vision 2020 through a long-term, groundbreaking program targeting investments in regional solutions, health care and medicine, the human condition and innovative technologies. A critical component of this strategy is aligning investments to enhance and advance vital partnerships, where greater gains can be achieved via the mutual leveraging of resources.

Achieving Distinction Investment FrameworkCore Principles

  • New faculty and staff must have a combination of training and experience that will allow them to contribute to programs across disciplines and/or colleges through research-collaboratives and curriculum design
  • Diversity of people, thoughts and perspectives must be enhanced
  • Linkages to rigorous use of library resources and/or collaborations
  • Purchased instrumentation and equipment should be available to other researchers across the institution, as appropriate, in alignment with the overall objectives of the this program
  • Teaching and research priorities must span multiple colleges and/or units
  • Demonstrated impact on student success
  • Alignment with the University's strategic plan is a requirement, external investments and current or future external funding will be considered
  • Cash and/or continuing funds contributed by other sources, as well as gifts


Achieving Distinction Update: External Funding Leveraged (Feb. 2014)
BOT Presentation (9/19/12)
2012 Recipients and Proposals
Frequently Asked Questions (updated 4/25/12)
Request for Proposals (requested 2/17/12)
Executive Strategy