To encourage creativity and innovation in all areas of the university, especially in the area of curricular development;
To promote specific models of excellence in creativity and innovation on and off the campus and to assess the effectiveness of these educational approaches in order to provide models for other institutions;
To direct and assist with research projects in the areas of creativity and innovation that impact teaching on the campus and the creative skills students have when they graduate from the University, as well as endeavors that assist corporations, businesses, governmental and educational agencies attract a more highly educated and creative/innovative workforce;
To disseminate research information and strategies for promoting creativity and innovation through the Institute’s web site.
To vigorously seek research grants and other forms of support for the goals of the Institute from the government, corporations, businesses, and other groups or private individuals;
To sponsor a continuing series of conferences, workshops, festivals and training sessions for faculty and staff as well as school and business groups looking for more adaptable and versatile employees;
To compile a list of all creative and innovative activities on the campus, the persons responsible for these activities, and persons in the region interested in the promotion of the goals of the Institute;
To assist the University in becoming a more forceful economic engine for growth in the region.