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About Provost's Challenge

Who are we?

In the US, public institutions for higher education face an increasing amount of obstacles, including declining funding, changing models of educational delivery, shifting student population demographics and more. Realizing that the university is not immune to these changes, Portland State University created the Provost's Challenge in 2013 as a proactive response to these concerns. The challenge is the first project in the university's reTHINK PSU initiative - which strives to deliver an education that serves more students with better outcomes while containing costs through curricular innovation, community engagment, and effective use of technology. The project will conclude in June 2015.

What do we do?

With the $3 million in one-time funding, the Provost's Challenge is supporting 24 faculty and staff initiated projects in order to make them sustainable and creat lasting change at PSU. These projects will help PSU use technology in innovative ways to deliver a high-quality, affordable education and improve student success.

How do we do it?

The Challenge capitalizes on the talent, creativity energy and enthusiasm of PSU faculty and staff. Through the use of a crowdsourcing model, the challenge solicits and selects a wide array of projects, that represent a diversity of high-quality ideas, community engagement, and silobusting. 



Provost's Challenge Announcement Video
RFP and Timeline
Proposal Review Process
Budget Development Process
List of Finalists
Provost Challenge Awardees Announcement
List of Funded Projects
Convocation 2012
Winter Symposium 2013
PSU Library Resources Guide