As budgets permit, President Dawood Farahi charges the University Planning Council (UPC) with recommending University projects and programs for special funding as part of the Quality First Initiative. Initiatives must require extraordinary funding beyond customary division or department/office budgets. Further, initiatives must reflect one or more priorities based upon the current Kean University Strategic Plan as identified annually by President Farahi. All Kean campuses, divisions, departments, offices, and student organizations are invited to participate. Collaboration within and among units is encouraged, as is conceptual creativity. Proposed activities may be new or may be expansions of existing successful and effective projects. Initiatives recommended for funding by the UPC must have a strong potential to demonstrate tangible, effective, specific, and measurable results.
Proposals compete for available funds. A Call for Proposals is electronically sent to all faculty, administrators, staff and students prior to the beginning of each funding cycle. Proposals are submitted electronically with a deadline date that provides sufficient lead time. Proposals are evaluated based on merit; ability to address initiative priorities; implementation feasibility within stated time line; and evaluation.