Message from the President Warrick L. Carter, Ph.D.
One of the most exciting things about Columbia College Chicago is that it never stands still. It’s always changing and evolving because the disciplines for which we prepare our students are changing and evolving.
We announced a $100 million campaign, and we have decided that it has three parts to it: student scholarships, support of building projects and to build our endowment. Student scholarships are number one. Although we have done a very good job of holding down costs of the institution – and our tuition is still much more approachable than most private institutions – it’s still a hefty amount of money. We need to support these students who want to follow in the footsteps of our alums. Consequently, we made that our number-one priority, to build scholarships, to get money into students’ hands right now.
We have worthy programs and worthy students and worthy causes. Our students are making artistic statements that are quite strong. We want to support those artistic statements.
This is Columbia College’s moment. It’s taken us a while to get to this moment, but it clearly is our moment. It’s our opportunity to shine in the greater philanthropic world of Chicago. People recognize who we are. Fifteen years ago, people would say, “Columbia who? Columbia what?” That no longer happens in this city, or really any place else. People know who we are, and these communities here in Chicago are rallying around us as we have this campaign.