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Feedback Requested on GrowingSLU Program Finalists

The GrowingSLU advisory committee is excited to announce that there are 18 finalists for this initiative. The committee is very impressed by the quality of plans that have been submitted, and is now asking the SLU community for feedback on the final business plans that were produced from this effort. Business plans will be available for review for one week.

We would love to hear your feedback! To read the plans, please click on the link for each idea to see the full proposal. If you would like to submit feedback, please email We kindly request that all feedback be submitted by Friday, October 28. Decisions are expected in early December. More information on the GrowingSLU program can be found at

Idea name Summary Request Year 1 net income Year 3 net income Total 3-year net income
1818: International "Since the inception of IAUC the dual credit accrediting body has allowed expansion into international countries. It make sense not to reinvent the wheel, but expand the reach of the 1818 ACC Program since best practices, guidelines, and standards are already set, practiced and enforced by the 1818 This project would provide funding for visits to potential secondary school partners in China, India, and Southeast Asia where initial interest was quite strong in addition to Belize where conversation have started with the Jesuit high school. In the event an international school could not provide qualified faculty, the course could be delivered on-line by SLU faculty, with students receiving on-site support from local teachers utilizing an early college co facilitator model." TBD $2,195.00 $6,390.00 $12,780.00
1818 Project Lead the Way "Saint Louis University becomes an official sponsor and partner with Project Lead the Way through the 1818 ACC Program Office and begins to work local high schools in implementing the program for college credit through dual credit and credit by exam." $250.00 $9,000.00 $17,750.00 $39,875.00
1818 Summer Dual Enrollment "By using the existing Visiting Young Scholar model, which is operated and overseen by the 1818 ACC Program, we can increase enrollment into the program in two ways.
First is aligning our dual enrollment programs with the market cost and the state of Missouri recently published guidelines on eligibility for dual credit/dual enrollment. Secondly, by allowing returning 1818 students to utilize their $65 per credit hour cost to take summer courses. The Academy is a re-envisioning for the VYS Program in the summer. It provides an intensive college ready experience for qualified high school students. The experience includes on-campus living, exposure to SLU as a college option, an admissions presentation, orientation to the University and program, the experience of meal plans, library, the recreation center and fun summer events - both on and off-campus, all while they have the opportunity to enroll in summer courses with undergraduate students at a reduced tuition rate."
$19,150.00 $76,350.00 $163,100.00 $361,400.00
Alumni email "Offer permanent email addresses or something equivalent for our graduates. Our students are proud to have studied at SLU and should be able to use our gmail account even if it has to be tweaked (e.g., Many schools do this already.  It is also a great way to keep in contact with our grads with SLU news and for fundraising." $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Assessment Center "The SOE at SLU plans to establish a Diagnostic and Learning Assessment Clinic for Students (DLACS). The overall mission of the DLACS is to provide interdisciplinary training and assessment opportunities for SLU students while serving local private and public school districts, and the SLU community." $200,000.00 ($71,812.00) $125,542.00 $62,633.00
Billiken Beer "Billiken Beer. The University should partner with one of the local breweries (Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, Schlafly, etc.) or hold a contest among local independent or other microbreweries to create a specialty-branded beer that can be sold at sporting events (basketball games, etc.) and other venues around the city."    $1,000.00 $35,400.00 $77,880.00 $184,080.00
Childcare " ...variations of this idea have surfaced throughout the years.  One thing that is certain is the stress felt by parents to find safe, quality, and affordable daycare for their children.  We have a wonderful resource within our School of Education of students studying child development, specifically in our Early Childhood Ed program.  An on-campus daycare could fulfill certain educational goals of some of our programs, as well as provide a significant opportunity for faculty/staff and community parents.  I could envision a culturally and socially diverse clientele, receiving top-notch care, while in turn supplying hands-on learning experiences for our students." $279,500.00 ($279,476.00) $139,190.00 ($221,103.00)
Continuing Education 1 "SLU does not have the platform to offer accredited enduring material and we are missing out on the market to bring new learners into our system, as well as adding on-line faculty development and quality and patient safety courses for our scope of learners within SLUCare system.In order to include the enduring material piece, that will bring revenue and exposure for the university, we need to upgrade the software. Enduring material are educational materials that are captured and available for participants worldwide to view on demand. The software would provide all of the accreditation requirements needed to ensure compliance and capability to provide CME/CE certificates to the participants" $20,000.00 ($10,000.00) $5,000.00 ($5,000.00)
Continuing Education 2 "The discovery of multiple continuing education submissions to GrowingSLU has made it evident that there is a need for a centralized and standardized infrastructure for the development, marketing, delivery, and administration of continuing education courses and activities at Saint Louis University (SLU). In 2008, SLU's Office of Institutional Research conducted a survey that showed there were 27 different continuing education programs being offered at SLU. We seek to develop a University-wide master plan through the use of continuing education consultants. These consultants will assess the current SLU continuing education environment and develop a recommended master plan to University leadership. This master plan will demonstrate a vision for an interdisciplinary, University-wide project that aims to increase revenue, reduce costs, and vault SLU into the burgeoning continuing education market." $45,000.00 TBD TBD TBD
Continuing Education 3 "Facilitate a pilot to offer online a John Cook School of Business Emerson Leadership Institute continuing education course through the School for Professional Studies' Center for Workforce and Organizational Development continuing education system. We propose to enhance the Center's continuing education system by implementing two new integrations with current systems. This integration will allow (1) the use of the existing learning management system (i.e., Blackboard) to be
used as an effective tool to deliver continuing education and (2) the formal documentation of continuing education course completion within the student information system (i.e., Banner)."
$35,000.00 TBD TBD TBD
High School Code Camps "The university should begin intensive coding camps for elementary through high school students both regionally and nationally where there is an emphasis on computational thinking.   These camps could be year round or intensive summer retreats or both.  The students should be encouraged to return each year for progressively more advanced training.  These academies would be highly effective recruiting tools for the university as well as a source of revenue.  Promising apps, games, etc. should be identified and assistance provided by mentors for development, implementation, and marketing thereby providing another potential source of revenue.  A review of current programs in computer science should be undertaken to ensure relevance, practicality, and perhaps even certificates not requiring a four year degree leading to proficiency and potential job prospects.  An endowment should be created to fund underprivileged children thereby engaging and providing a service to the community." $0.00 $56,000.00 $87,500.00 $213,500.00
Round Up! SLU "Garner new revenue by enabling customers at all Point of Sales locations within the SLU campus to 'round up' their purchases with a donation to SLU.  Any visitor, student, faculty or staff member who makes a purchase at a SLU bookstore, coffee shop, food vendor, or  Chaifetz , can make an instant, easy-on-the-wallet donation to SLU.   Round Up!: 1) encourages individual participation toward a larger, community goal; 2) fosters and celebrates a spirit of philanthropy; 3) provides measurable results that can leverage external support." $3,000.00 $15,250.00 $23,280.00 $57,430.00
Secure Storage for Big Data "SLUCOR proposes to provide an analytics service to corporations with self-insured employer-sponsored health plans. The subscription-like service will enable monthly monitoring of health plan performance and support executive decision-making regarding cost, access and quality. SLUCOR will accept monthly data feeds of medical and pharmacy claims data (supplied by the employer's health plan administrator) and supply to clients standardized monthly reports that measure performance, visualize trends, and assess risks. SLUCOR anticipates generating additional revenue from client requests for customized analyses that address specific evaluation questions which are beyond the scope of the standard performance reports."
$100,000.00 ($32,200.00) $94,472.00 $68,272.00
Student Businesses: apparel "My idea is to make a university clothing brand. I have just recently started a clothing company and I think if SLU was willing to partner with me, we can all benefit from it. With a university clothing brand, students, especially those who attend SLU, will be drawn to represent Saint Louis's urban culture through clothing. With that being said, we could also draw incentive to the brand by donating a portion of our profit to organizations within the Saint Louis community, thus creating a better community and relationship between students and the surrounding area." $1,000.00 $450.00 $450.00 $1,350.00
Student Businesses: Billiken Ventures "Billiken Ventures is an on-campus student-run business that will offer opportunities for students to start, manage, and grow actual companies. Billiken Ventures will be the parent company of several smaller companies with direct objectives." $102,064.00 $25,344.11 $180,459.76 $300,260.53
Student Businesses: IT support for local businesses "Billiken Technology is how Saint Louis University students will partner with local businesses to provide technical services to help businesses grow. Billiken Technology will help by creating a website and focus on online marketing for small businesses. The support from Saint Louis University students will range from creating apps to building websites to providing general support for computer needs. Today's small businesses hire companies to help manage and market their business. What better of a way to provide these services than with the help of Computer Science students who need hands on experiences and have the newest ideas." $27,000.00 ($22,000.00) $22,000.00 $0.00
Technology Transfer "The Center for World Health & Medicine's mission is to develop new therapies for rare and neglected diseases. We have been successfully advancing numerous projects and would like to propose the Center and SLU to spin out an 'Umbrella Company' to further advance lead drug candidates into clinical trials. The Umbrella Company would provide the opportunity for additional funding streams via SBIR grants and future licensing and royalty payments back to SLU through IP agreements to the company." $55,000.00 ($55,000.00) $195,000.00 $210,000.00
Trash to Treasure "Each year, the Center for Service and Community Engagement plans the Trash To Treasure Program, which allows students moving out of the residence halls at the end of the year to donate materials they no longer need (furniture, appliances, clothes, etc.)  The St. Vincent de Paul Society picks up the donations, giving $750 for each large truck filled.   For this idea, we propose (working with Facilities, Housing and Residence Life, and other departments) to install permanent donation locations (provided by St. Vincent de Paul) around campus.  Students, faculty, and staff can bring items to these locations (which are equipped with sensors to let SVDP know when they are full), and then SVDP can pick up materials.  SVDP then pays SLU per pound of materials collected.  This not only generates revenue, but furthers environmental sustainability as well as helps SVDP accomplish their mission of helping the poor." $0.00 $5,540.00 $13,600.00 $29,840.00

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