University of Charleston

UC*IC  2021-22

University of Charleston

Innovation Competition


UC must continue to be a leader in higher education innovation.  To do so requires that all of us – faculty, staff, administrators, students, and trustees – embrace and lead change.

First launched in Fall 2018, the University of Charleston Innovation Competition (UC*IC) engages faculty, staff, administrators, students, and trustees in a process of institutional creativity, innovation, and effectiveness.


Call for 2021-22 UC*IC Project Proposals


The UC*IC is specifically designed to help UC further its mission and accomplish its most important goals and priorities.  Please refer to the UC Strategic Plan for more information.

The 2021-22 UC*IC initiative will be focused on driving creativity and innovation in these areas.


Once again, the UC*IC will have two phases.  Each phase involves innovation idea submissions and reviews.  


Phase One consists of idea generation.  Faculty and staff may submit their ideas for helping UC accomplish its strategic goals.  Proposals may be submitted by an individual or a group.  The president and the cabinet will review all submissions.

A small set of these ideas deemed to have the greatest potential impact, likely two or three, will be selected for further development in Phase Two.

We anticipate that many other valuable suggestions can be sent directly to unit leads for quick wins, immediate implementation, or further review.

Each submission selected for further development or immediate implementation will receive a $500 award.


Phase Two entails further development of the highest potential ideas.  Teams of faculty, staff, and students will be selected to work together on project development.

The Innovation Center’s resources will be available to each team.  Professional support in areas such as innovation, design thinking, continuous improvement, project management, and/or six sigma will be provided.  Each team will be facilitated and sponsored by a cabinet member and a trustee.

Teams will have six months to explore and, if possible, implement their assigned ideas.  Their work will culminate in a final report and/or presentation.

Each team member will receive a $1,000 stipend for his or her project work.


As conditions permit, a UC*IC Showcase will provide a live or virtual exhibition and celebration of the work of the Phase Two teams.

UC*IC 2021-22 Timeline

Milestone Date
Phase One Workshop available (design thinking, idea formation & presentation) September 3, 2021
Phase One submissions due September 17, 2021
Phase Two projects / teams & immediate implementation ideas announced October 15, 2021
Phase Two launch meetings (project scope and expectations) October 18 – 22, 2021
Phase Two critical reviews January 24 – 28, 2022
UC µ IC Showcase March 18, 2022
Phase Two final project reports due April 1, 2022


Phase One Submission Instructions

All UC faculty and staff are welcome to submit Phase One proposals. You are encouraged to review the Phase One video workshop on design thinking, idea formation, and idea presentation to help you develop and frame your proposal. The video workshop will be available September 3, 2021.


Phase One proposal entries should include the following information:

  • What is the problem you are seeking to address? To which strategic plan goal and if applicable priority area does it relate?
  • How big or pervasive is the problem? Quantify the problem as best you can.
  • What stakeholders are affected by the problem? What stakeholders will benefit from a solution?
  • What do you envision as the proposed improvement or solution?
  • What resources do you think will be required to address the problem and develop a solution? Who needs to be involved in the process?


Entries should not exceed two pages in length.

Entries must be emailed by September 17, 2021 to

Questions should be directed to David Ramsburg, Director of Innovation, x4757,





Two projects were undertaken in 2020-21.  The status of the projects is described below.


WV Ready


The WV Ready program is an initiative created and run by the faculty and staff at UC to assist high school and first year UC students in understanding career options available through various collegiate degree programs.

The team developed a website with a collection of valuable resources for students who may benefit from exploring and setting career goals and associated fields of study in college.

This initiative should help with both new student recruiting and first year retention.


Go Army Ed


The Go Army Ed team developed processes to help streamline the enrollment and registration of our military students. In addition, the team identified area where their work could be applied directly to general recruiting and admission processes enabling increased efficiency.