IDEAL was a three-year nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to seed gender and minority equity and institutional transformation academic S&E at leading universities in the northern Ohio region. Awarded to Dr. Lynn T. Singer, Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2009, IDEAL was a partnership between CWRU and five regional public universities: Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and the University of Toledo.


The goal of the innovative partnership grant was to seed institutional transformation at leading universities in the northern Ohio region by creating an institutional learning community that is empowered to develop and leverage knowledge, skills, resources and networks to enhance equity and inclusion at each university. IDEAL adapted and disseminated the successful academic leadership development methods developed by CWRU during its five-year ADVANCE IT initiative, Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES) which continues at CWRU as ACES+.

The $3.5 million ACES grant created a model of institutional transformation, particularly in the areas of faculty recruitment, advancement, development, and retention policies, that improved accountability and effectiveness at the school/college and departmental level for women faculty and underrepresented faculty. ACES+ contuinues four of these innovative initiatives: Executive Coaching, Hotline Coaching, ADVANCE Opportunity Grants and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Minorities.


During the three-year IDEAL project, each institution annually selected three Change Leaders who were S&E department chairs or emerging faculty leaders who evinced qualities that suggested leadership potential - individuals who exercise formal or informal influence or who have the potential to be department chairs or assume duties as a dean or associate dean - to participate in the IDEAL leadership development program. Each Change Leader was supported by IDEAL with a $3000 stipend intended for faculty development purposes, and the implementation of the annual change projects.

The Change Leader Teams from the six partner institutions meet four times annually at leadership development sessions, and also confered with an IDEAL Team Coach twice annually. Each team developed a customized Annual Change Project with plans and actions for improving gender and underrepresented minority equity in S&E on its respective campus, with the implementation and sustainability of the plans aided by the Co-Director. Senior administrative leaders – presidents, provosts, deans – from each institution joined their Change Leader teams at three Plenary Conferences to learn about the institutional change projects.

You may download a brochure of the IDEAL Final Report 2012 at this link, or read the IDEAL Final Report to the National Science Foundation here.


ACES+ Academic Careers in Engineering & Science
Faculty Development Council
Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute
Women Faculty of the School of Medicine

CWRU Gender & Salary Study for Academic Year 2011-2012
Climate Surveys

National Science Foundation Grant Number (HRD 0929907)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (HRD 0929907). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


IDEAL Final Report Brochure
IDEAL Final Report to NSF
Annual Report Year Two
Annual Report Year One
Year One Brochure

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IDEAL in the News

IDEAL Wraps Up Year One at Plenary Conference, Case Daily, September 20, 2010
IDEAL Plenary Conference
Friday, September 17th, 2010
Project Focused on Faculty Diversity in STEM Fields Enters Second Year,
Case Daily, September 13, 2010
Wanted: Female Faculty,
Editorial, May 14, 2010, Toledo Blade
Effort Aimed at Increasing Women on Science Faculties",
May 11, 2010, Toledo Blade
'Godmother of Title IX' Comes to BGSU,
May 1, 2010, Sentinel-Tribune
"Grant to Create More 'IDEAL' Place for Women",
April 26, 2010, BGSU Monitor
NSF Supports Case Western Reserve University's IDEAL,
The Daily, November 18, 2009