The Fund helps elevate the national ranking of LAEP’s students and programs, and seeks to transform the creative, entrepreneurial process of students by enabling the best solutions for competitiveness to be proposed, funded and implemented.
LAEP is proud to offer some of the lowest tuition in the nation for design and planning programs, however its degrees are expensive to operate. With a small student body and inadequate budget, it is impossible to provide the top quality experience desired by students. However, through only modest increases in funding we can offer top-ranked degrees that carry the benefits of programs costing 2-5x as much.
The Fund helps close the gap between LAEP students and peers in other leading programs nationally, while maintaining an exceptionally low degree cost. By investing in strategic areas of need
, the financial pool created by differential tuition directly benefits LAEP students.
The proposal was first proposed to our College administration in 2010. Beginning in 2012, graduating LAEP students also provided their input, during their exit interviews, on implementing differential tuition. CREATE 2020 was shared with student ASLA leaders, the LAEP alumni Advancement Board, two deans, the Provost, and Pres. Stan Albrecht. The current process is a result of the unanimous support of all of these groups, and the President’s direction to seek input from the full student body.
CREATE 2020 focuses on six strategic areas of need. Those areas form the acronym CREATE: Careers, Recognition, Entrepreneurship, Access, Technology, Emerging areas. An explanation of each area is provided in the CREATE 2020 Fund Proposal. Also described is a sample of what the Fund could enable during one academic year. However, specific investment of the funds vary from year to year as students and faculty provide new and innovative ideas through proposals.
Twice a year, a call for proposals will ask all students and faculty to submit ideas for how to utilize newly granted funds. The 2020 Steering Committee, made up of students, faculty, and an alumni rep, will oversee submittals. Faculty and matriculated BLA and graduate students may vote upon the approved proposals, ranking their capacity to advance LAEP’s student national competitiveness.
Only matriculated BLA and graduate students in LAEP programs will pay the differential tuition. Tuition is per student credit hour (SCH), with rates set at $39/SCH (2015/16), $49/SCH (2016/17), and $59/SCH (2017/18). The 3-year phased implementation, along with a breakdown of tuition amounts it results in, is provided in the CREATE 2020 Fund Proposal. Only LAEP-prefix courses have differential tuition charged to them.
Student input is critical to the success of CREATE 2020. The Fund relies upon students and faculty annually bringing their best ideas, evaluating proposals, and choosing the most effective strategies for each year’s funding. In addition to submitting and voting on proposals, students can serve as one of the 5 graduate or undergraduate Steering Committee members.