Through a unique and distinctive approach to the study and practice of public affairs, James Madison College (JMC) students, faculty, and alumni all share a fascination with solving problems and getting things done. James Madison College graduates play a constructive and ethical role in our society, whether professionally in law, government, or advocacy, or as engaged citizens and corporate leaders. We are proud that regardless of the public policy challenge facing us in the century ahead, whether issues of war and peace, social justice, economic development and prosperity, or managing the increasingly complex interface of the public and private spheres, there is a Madison graduate hard at work on it to make the world better.
James Madison College seeks to raise $5.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $5.5 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.
“What sets us apart is the liberal arts focus in a residential college dedicated to public affairs, public policy, the law and society, and international affairs. There isn’t an issue right now on the planet that matters, that doesn’t have a Madison graduate working on it.”
Attracting and retaining hard-working and gifted students, regardless of their financial need, is critical to the JMC mission. Madison must be competitive with peer institutions such as Kalamazoo College, Kenyon College, and the University of Michigan. The rising cost of tuition is a barrier for more and more families with financial need. Scholarships are critical for many students to start, complete, and fulfill their educational goals. The college is committed to ensuring that every Madison student has access to the most beneficial and challenging field experience internships, study abroad programs, and undergraduate research options regardless of their financial circumstances.
The faculty-student relationship is central to Madison’s mission. Our senior professors have given so much to Madison students and are revered by many. Our current faculty stands on the shoulders of giants such as Professor M. Richard Zinman, who was an acclaimed adviser, dedicated and celebrated teacher, and Honors College mentor to James Madison students for over 42 years. To honor our legacy professors like Professor Zinman and so many others we seek funds to ensure that the kind of powerful teaching, research, and mentorship that faculty has provided Madisonians can continue for years to come.
Faculty members are critical to the mission of the college. Their continuing dedication to teaching, service, and research on public affairs of local, national, and global importance are vital to sustaining the Madison model. We seek financial resources to ensure professors are generously supported with research dollars, and have funding to develop their skills and master new areas of interest. We also seek resources to reward excellence in teaching, research, and community service among the faculty. These resources will help Madison retain outstanding faculty members and assist the recruitment of new faculty members for future generations.
Students who interact with Madison alumni learn the many unique, creative, interesting, and varied careers their education prepares them to pursue. Faculty members also engage with alumni, some of whom are former students of theirs, as professionals and experts in the field. Together with other visiting experts, increasing alumni involvement helps Madison students get more out of their education both during their studies and after graduation.