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CREATE 2020

What is CREATE 2020?

The CREATE 2020 Fund is a key component in elevating LAEP's national competitiveness, which resulted from 5 years of intensive rebuilding and investment in the Department. The Fund’s purpose is to position students in LAEP to compete effectively with peers from leading programs nationally by elevating excellence in design education. The fund provides strategic resources for this purpose through differential tuition.

What is the goal of CREATE 2020?

The Fund helps elevate national ranking of LAEP’s students and programs to the Top 10 by the year 2020. It will also transform the creative, entrepreneurial process of students by enabling the best solutions for competitiveness to be proposed, funded and implemented.

Why is CREATE 2020 needed?

LAEP is proud to offer some of the lowest BLA and MLA tuition in the nation, 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 a top-ranked degrees that carry the benefits of programs costing 2-5x as much.

What is the strategy behind CREATE 2020?

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 (see “CREATE 2020 Fund Proposal”), the financial pool created by differential tuition directly benefits LAEP students.

Was CREATE 2020 been reviewed by others?

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.

How are CREATE 2020 funds be used?

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 innvative ideas through proposals.

Who will decide how the CREATE 2020 Fund is invested?

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 students may vote upon the approved proposals, ranking their capacity to advance LAEP’s  student national competitiveness.

What will I pay toward the CREATE 2020 Fund?

Only matriculated 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 changed to them.

How can I provide input on CREATE 2020?

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 student can serve as on of the 5 graduate or undergraduate steering committee members.