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Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Nondiscrimination Policy: Tallahassee Community College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or age in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies may be directed to:
Renae Tolson, Equity Officer
Room 239 Administration Building
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304-2895
Drug-free Campus: It is the policy of TCC to maintain a drug-free campus. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of controlled substances is prohibited. Any violation of this policy will result in discipline up to and including dismissal, as well as referral for prosecution to local law enforcement officials. For information, refer to the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.
Smoking Policy: All facilities (buildings and grounds) owned or operated by TCC are designated as nonsmoking areas unless indicated otherwise. Faculty, staff, students and visitors who choose to use tobacco products or electronic cigarettes may do so only in areas designated for smoking. It is the responsibility of the individual to properly dispose of tobacco waste products (cigarette remnants, etc.).
This policy includes all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and products that simulate smoking.
Police/Campus Safety: TCC’s Campus Police Department is located in the Centre Building. Students can find campus crime statistics on the TCC website at tcc.fl.edu.
Message from the President
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Tallahassee Community College for our 2020-21 academic year.
It’s a great time to be a TCC student! Our college is consistently ranked as one of the top two-year institutions in the nation for our quality of education, return on investment, and student success rates. Most recently, we were named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
I hope you will take advantage of all we have to offer, from one-on-one advising and tutoring, to study abroad, art programs and student organizations. Also, be sure to engage with our faculty and instructors throughout your academic journey, as the lessons you learn in the classroom will stay with you throughout your career.
Whether your goal is to transfer to a four-year university or to prepare for immediate entry into a career, we are committed to helping you get where you want to go. If you are enrolled in our Associate in Arts degree program, TCC’s smaller classes, rigorous coursework and seamless transfer programs will ensure you are well prepared to continue your education at a four-year university. Or, you can get a great start on a career in healthcare, technology, public safety or a host of other in-demand fields, which you can learn more about under ‘Programs of Study’ in this catalog.
Once you have committed to a plan for your education, be sure to monitor your progress toward completing that plan. Hold high expectations for yourself. We will be here to help you all along the way.
I wish you much success this academic year and beyond. Thank you for choosing TCC!
Jim Murdaugh, Ph.D.
District Board of Trustees
The District Board of Trustees is the policymaking body for Tallahassee Community College. Trustees are appointed by Florida’s governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.
||Jonathan Kilpatrick - Mr. Kilpatrick was appointed to the board in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott. He is chief information officer for the City of Tallahassee and a commissioned officer in the Florida Air National Guard, serving as a captain for cyber systems. Kilpatrick represents Wakulla County.
||Karen B. Moore - Ms. Moore was appointed to the board in 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist and reappointed in 2012 by Governor Rick Scott. She is the president of Moore Consulting Group, a public relations and advertising firm. Moore previously served as president of the TCC Foundation Board, chairing the College’s first capital campaign, which secured $10 million. She has also chaired the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County. Moore represents Leon County.
Donna G. Callaway - Ms. Callaway, appointed by Governor Rick Scott in February 2012, also served on the board from 1999 to 2004. She was first appointed in 1999 and reappointed in 2002, both times by Governor Jeb Bush. Her prior service included a term as board chair in 2003-04. Callaway was the principal of Tallahassee’s Raa Middle School from 1994 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2013. An educator since 1961, she has served as a classroom teacher, media specialist and assistant principal. She also served four years (2004-08) on the Florida State Board of Education. Callaway represents Leon County.
Eugene Lamb, Jr. - Mr. Lamb was appointed to the board in 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist. He was a teacher in the Leon County school district for 30 years. Also active in neighboring Gadsden County, Lamb has served on the Gadsden County Commission since 2004. Lamb represents Gadsden County.
Frank Messersmith - Mr. Messersmith was appointed to the board by Governor Jeb Bush in 1999; he was reappointed by Governor Charlie Crist in 2007 and by Governor Rick Scott in 2015. A former legislator and member of the Florida Public Service Commission, Messersmith is currently a consultant specializing in legislative and regulatory matters. He represents Wakulla County.
Randolph Pople - Mr. Pople was appointed to the board in 2014 by Governor Rick Scott. He is the chief operating officer of Pople Financial Consulting and was the president of Capital City Trust Company for more than 20 years. Pople previously served as president of the Tallahassee Regional Estate Planning Council and of the trust division for the Florida Bankers Association. He represents Gadsden County.
The mission of the College is to provide a learning environment that prepares students for success in a global economy by offering higher education pathways, workforce opportunities and civic engagement experiences.
To be recognized as the college of choice.
- Access. Strengthen and expand access by increasing awareness of educational opportunities that are reflective of student, business, and community needs.
- Student Success. Promote a student-centered environment that focuses on student achievement, engagement and educational excellence.
- Workforce. Achieve regional and statewide recognition as a premier college of choice for providing workforce training by delivering high quality programs and instruction that enables students to grow, succeed, and stay globally competitive.
- Partnerships. Nurture collaborative relationships with K-12, universities, businesses, and community partners to develop a cohesive educational strategy that ensures seamless alignment and builds a skilled workforce that leads to economic mobility and increased educational attainment.
- Resources and Efficiency. Strategically leverage, grow and utilize resources to maximize student success and institutional sustainability and effectiveness.
History of the College
Tallahassee Community College opened in 1966 to serve the post-high school educational needs of students from a district comprised of Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties. Although most students still come from this district, the College enrolls students from throughout Florida, from most states and many foreign countries. TCC has grown from an enrollment of 698 students in Fall 1966 to nearly 14,000 students in 2014.
An article published on September 13, 1966, in The Tampa Tribune, proclaimed, “New Tallahassee JC a success before it opens.” A few days later, at Godby High School and across town at Rickards High School, Tallahassee Junior College welcomed nearly 700 students its first year. Three new buildings were ready for occupancy on Appleyard Drive in time for the second year of operation. In 1968, the Legislature established the District Board of Trustees as the governing authority for the College; Tallahassee businessman Earl Lambert served three terms as the first board chairman. Tallahassee Junior College became Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in 1970 and one- and two-year occupational programs, including nursing, were added to the curriculum. The 1,000th person graduated. Dental hygiene was added and College enrollment approached 3,000.
During the second decade, enrollment steadily grew to more than 5,000. President Fred W. Turner retired and Dr. Marm M. Harris was named TCC’s second president. An artist series began to attract community leaders to the campus, enhancing the town/gown relationship. The TCC Foundation was established and the Lifetime Sports Complex opened. In 1983, Dr. James H. Hinson Jr. became TCC’s third president and led the College through a period of enrollment growth and legislative appropriations. Also in 1983, TCC students won the Math Olympics state title, beginning a tradition of student success in academic competition. A study reported TCC had a $47.2 million positive economic impact in the community.
As the fastest growing community college in Florida, TCC saw its enrollment jump by nearly 1,000 students in the first term of the third decade. By the end of the decade, enrollment had doubled. In 1988, TCC was first among Florida community colleges in the proportion of faculty members holding a Ph.D. “Eyrie,” the student literary magazine, was named best in the nation, and the student newspaper won state, regional and national accolades. An athletic program was re-established with a strong base in academics. A new library and administration building were added. The campus grew from 54 acres to more than 140. President Hinson led the College through a decade that also saw extensive renovation and campus infrastructure upgrades. TCC’s softball team won the National Junior College Athletic Association slow pitch championship in 1994.
With its fourth president, Dr. T.K. Wetherell, at the helm, numerous new career programs were added in the fourth decade, and cooperation with universities was enhanced. In 2000, TCC formed its first university partnership with Flagler College and has since partnered with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2001), Barry University (2003), Saint Leo University (2006) and Thomas University (2010). As a result, students can pursue bachelor’s and graduate degrees without leaving TCC’s campus.
The College’s infrastructure continued to grow by leaps and bounds. In the mid-1990s, a new Student Union was constructed, as was the Technology and Professional Programs building, while a renovated facility became the Academic Computing Center. After the turn of the century, TCC opened the History and Social Sciences building (named for President Wetherell), the Computer Technology building and the Center for Workforce Development.
The TCC Alumni Association and Eagle Athletics Hall of Fame were established. The Challenge Scholarship Program and many other scholarships were established. Florida Governor Jeb Bush was the 2000 commencement speaker. The Brain Bowl team won its first state title. TCC acquired the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy (PTLEA).
Dr. Bill Law became TCC’s fifth President in 2002 and began launching new initiatives that resulted in greater community involvement for TCC.
TCC celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2006, highlighted by a series of community and alumni events, including the TCC Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony, Community Day at TCC and the 40th Anniversary Gala. That same year, TCC successfully completed its first capital campaign. The $10 million campaign included the largest private donation in the College’s history, a $2 million gift from Tallahassee’s Ghazvini family. Under President Bill Law’s leadership, TCC expanded its healthcare programs and placed a major emphasis on workforce development. Innovative teaching methods began to draw national recognition for faculty.
The William D. Law, Jr. Learning Commons opened in 2008, bringing all of the College’s academic support facilities together beneath one roof. In 2009, the TCC District Board of Trustees approved creation of the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) to be the umbrella entity for the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy and several other training academies housed on the site in Gadsden County. A new FPSI conference center opened in 2009. That same year, TCC broke ground on the Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education. Reflecting its active commitment to student success, the College implemented electronic learning plans that allow students to monitor their progress toward their academic and career goals. The Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC), funded through a Department of Defense grant, opened on the main campus in August of 2010. The AMTC offers customized, high-quality manufacturing training in a state-of-the-art facility.
The presidency of Dr. Jim Murdaugh was launched on November 15, 2010. Murdaugh began his tenure as the College was increasing its focus on healthcare training programs and other workforce initiatives, while continuing to enhance the academic and support services provided to students in the university transfer program. In the fall of 2011, TCC’s Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education opened near Tallahassee’s two major hospitals. In 2012, the TCC Wakulla Center moved to a larger facility in Crawfordville, and the College broke ground on the Wakulla Environmental Institute in 2013. Also in 2013, TCC opened a new Veteran’s Success Center in the Computer Technology building. The College broke ground on a new TCC Gadsden Center in late 2014 and spearheaded development of the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence based in the TCC Capitol Center the same year. The Golden Guarantee programs that offer guaranteed transfer to Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and the University of West Florida were also launched in 2014. In 2016, TCC celebrated its 50th anniversary with a year-long series of special events and activities, including a 50th anniversary website offering profiles of notable alumni, archived photos and other materials. Also in 2016, TCC opened the Wakulla Environmental Institute and moved its operations in Gadsden County from the Quincy Center to the new TCC Gadsden Center.
TCC welcomes recent high school graduates and adults who wish to start or continue a college education. In addition, the College welcomes individuals who want to take courses for their enrichment or enjoyment. The policy of TCC’s District Board of Trustees is that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment under any educational program or activity, or in any employment conditions or practices of the College.
Many TCC students are working toward the Associate in Arts degree for transfer to a four-year college or university. Many others seek one-year certificates or two-year degrees in career areas. TCC also provides noncredit courses and workforce development, professional development and adult education programs designed to enhance the skills needed to maintain current employment or to re-train for a new occupation.
The faculty at TCC is best described as a teaching faculty. Faculty members devote most of their time to teaching, working with students individually and helping them make the adjustment to college. Instructors impart knowledge to stimulate critical thinking, develop skills, and broaden and enrich student interest. Their major efforts are directed toward helping students master subject matter and reach their potential.
TCC uses a variety of educational delivery methods. Courses may be taught in the traditional campus classroom setting, online or at off-campus sites. The College also offers a full schedule of evening courses, making it more convenient for nontraditional students to pursue their academic and career goals.
The College is committed to making all its programs, services and facilities accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities in order for students to successfully transition to college and obtain maximum benefit from the educational experience.
Tallahassee Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tallahassee Community College.
Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Tallahassee Community College and not to the Commission’s office. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.
A number of TCC programs are accredited or certified by specialized accrediting associations:
- Dental Assisting Certificate: American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
- Dental Hygiene, A.S.: American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
- Nursing, A.S.: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- Nursing, BSN.: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- Emergency Medical Services Technology, A.S.: Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAMESP) under Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- Respiratory Care, A.S.: Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
- Surgical Services A.S.: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- Early Childhood Development, Education and Management, A.S.: Florida Department of Children and Families
- Florida Public Safety Institute Law Enforcement Certificate Programs: Basic Training Law Enforcement, Corrections Basic Training, Crossover from Corrections to Law Enforcement, Correctional Probation Officer: Certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
- Firefighter I and II Certificates: Certified by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, State Fire Marshall
The TCC Foundation is the private fundraising arm of the College. A not-for-profit corporation created under Florida law, it is governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the needs of the College not met by state funding. Its mission is to encourage and receive private gifts and contributions and to account for, manage and help invest monies and assets given to enhance the College’s educational offerings. The Foundation’s investment program seeks to maximize return on investments with minimal risk.
The Foundation provides essential support that allows campus life to flourish. This includes the development of scholarships for students; procurement of needed facilities and special equipment; assistance for faculty and staff; and support for student activities, the Alumni & Friends Association, the Eagle Boosters, and the Association of Retired Faculty and Staff.
Alumni & Friends Association
The TCC Alumni & Friends Association is a vital partner and significant resource in the success of Tallahassee Community College through the engagement of alumni and friends in a lifelong relationship with TCC that includes fellowship, programs and services that strengthen the College community. Membership is free and is open to friends of the College as well as former and current students of TCC.
Workforce Development Division
TCC’s Workforce Development Division offers customized courses and services to enhance employees’ careers, programs to improve business effectiveness and support for returning adult learners. Targeted workforce training is offered in fields such as business, information technology, manufacturing, construction and transportation. To refine professional skills needed for in-demand jobs at local businesses, training is offered in areas such as leadership, teamwork and supervision.
Workforce Development offers programs at the main campus and at other TCC locations. For information about courses, programs and facilities, call (850) 201-8760 or visit www.tcc.fl.edu/workforce-development.
Adult Education (GED and ESOL)
The TCC Adult Education Program delivers GED test preparation and online testing, English language instruction and career counseling to facilitate transition into postsecondary education, technical programs and the workforce. The College offers courses in Adult Basic Education, GED preparation and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at the TCC campus, various community locations and online. TCC students who pass the GED test or ESOL program are able to participate in TCC’s Adult Education commencement ceremony held each spring.
Business Suite Leasing and Event Space
From Business Suite Leasing at the Center for Innovation to conference/event rental space at each of our Service Centers in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties - TCC can help grow your business.
Commercial Vehicle Driving
TCC offers an eight week Commercial Vehicle Driving (CVD) training program. Upon successful completion students will be able to take the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Class “A” Commercial Driver’s Licenses Exam.
Construction and Skilled Trades
TCC offers entry-level construction and craft trades programs including HVAC, Masonry Apprenticeship, OSHA Safety and Welding. The College uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum as the foundation of its programs in order to award industry-recognized certifications. Additionally, as an affiliated training partner with the University of South Florida - OSHA Training Institute, TCC is an authorized provider of the OSHA 1926 - 10 hour and OSHA 30 - General Industry safety courses.
Corporate Solutions provides smart business solutions that focus on performance improvements that increase a company’s profitability, productivity and customer and employee satisfaction.
Since Tallahassee ranks among the top places in the United States to start a new business TCC created Spark. The Spark initiative is focused on fueling passionate entrepreneurs with the skills and connections needed to ignite an idea and grow a successful business. Spark focuses on giving participants access to local entrepreneur-focused resources and successful business leaders.
TCC is proud to be a leader in preparing students for careers in emerging industries. TCC’s online green courses can accommodate a variety of learning needs, from construction professionals responding to the expanding market for renewable energy to those just entering the field.
TCC’s Information Technology noncredit and Post-Secondary Adult Vocational programs provide opportunities for individuals to enhance their technology skills. Individuals may choose the learning track most appropriate for their needs: short-term workshops, traditional classes to enhance workplace skills, contract classes to meet specific organizational needs or certification preparation offerings to earn industry-recognized certifications.
Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
The Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Training Center provides manufacturing and industrial technology skills training. Hands-on training programs give students the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s job market. Post-Secondary Adult Vocational programs include Industrial Machinery Maintenance, Machining Technology and Welding Technology. Non-credit courses include 3-D printing, blueprint reading, gauging, safety awareness, quality control, equipment maintenance, OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety courses and production processes. TCC is a Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) assessment center and offers training that prepares students to sit for the industry-recognized Certified Production Technician examination.
TCC’s Professional Development program meets the strategic and management needs of business professionals. Programs are taught by top industry practitioners. Courses may be taken a la carte or as part of a comprehensive certificate program. Online and traditional face-to-face course options are available. Topics include healthcare continuing education, grant writing and management, frontline supervision, project management, customer service and professional writing skills. Many courses provide individuals with continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development units (PDUs) to maintain certification or licenses. Exam preparation course topics include real estate, project management professional, insurance, and customer service and retail management.
The Strategic Employment Program is funded by the ABLE Trust and is designed to provide opportunities for disable individuals.
TCC formed its first university partnership with Flagler College in Fall 2000 and now partners with Thomas University (2010). TCC graduates and others can pursue baccalaureate degrees on TCC’s campus through the programs of its two University Partners. Degree programs are offered in a wide variety of disciplines. The administrative offices of TCC’s University Partners are located in TCC’s University Center, and classes are held on the TCC campus.
Students enrolled in courses with University Partners have access to many of the services available to TCC students. Contact TCC’s University Partners for information.
(229) 226-1621, Ext. 1123
Campus, Service Centers, Locations
444 Appleyard Drive • Tallahassee, Florida 32304 • (850) 201-6200
TCC has one of the most beautiful community college campuses in the nation. Most buildings are constructed in classic brick, which creates a traditional collegiate appearance while projecting a sleek, modern design. The College’s beauty does not stop at the front door. Interiors are attractive, functional and user-friendly. The campus offers wireless technology and cutting-edge instructional technologies.
The College’s commitment to the Big Bend region is reflected in its off-campus service centers located throughout the tri-county service district.
Florida Public Safety Institute
College Drive • Havana, Florida 32333 • (850) 201-7000 • fpsi.tcc.fl.edu
The Florida Public Safety Institute is located in Gadsden County, 14 miles west of the main campus. The Institute, which sits on approximately 1,500 acres, is a unique, world-class learning environment that provides training in realistic contexts conducted by experts from all areas of criminal justice.
The Institute includes the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, which offers basic recruit courses in law enforcement, corrections and correctional probation. The Academy serves 65 state, regional, county and municipal agencies representing more than 4,000 officers. In addition, PTLEA hosts training for a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U. S. Secret Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Guard. The Florida Public Safety Institute also provides training in telecommunications, private security and law enforcement intelligence.
The Institute partners with the Tallahassee Fire Department to operate the Tallahassee Fire Academy, which provides state-approved training to those seeking employment as a firefighter in Florida. The Institute also provides a 330-bed dormitory and a full-service cafeteria that seats more than 500 people.
The Florida Public Safety Institute is expanding its continuing education efforts by attracting more officers to FPSI’s campus for training, exporting training to other areas of the state and nation, and using distance learning to reach new audiences.
Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education
1528 Surgeons Drive • Tallahassee, Florida 32308 • (850) 558-4500 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education is located in Tallahassee’s healthcare corridor, near two hospitals and other healthcare providers. The Ghazvini Center is the home of TCC’s emergency medical services technology, nursing, paramedic, radiologic technology, respiratory care, surgical technology, pharmacy technician, central sterile processing technology, endoscopy technician and nursing assistant programs. (Dental hygiene and dental assisting programs are offered on the main campus.) The Ghazvini Center offers cutting-edge technology and houses classrooms, conference rooms, a library/learning commons, laboratories, a simulation center and the administrative offices of the Healthcare Professions Division.
Wakulla Environmental Institute
170 Preservation Way • Crawfordville, Florida 32327 • (850) 558-3500
The Wakulla Environmental Institute was created to highlight Wakulla County’s natural heritage and biodiversity through education. The Institute offers environmentally focused degrees, certificates and educational programs including:
- Environmental Science Technology
- Green Guide Environmental Education Program
- Oyster Aquaculture Certification
- Unmanned Technology (Drone) Applications
223 Pat Thomas Parkway • Quincy, Florida 32351 • (850) 558-3620
The TCC Gadsden Center offers community members multiple ways to access TCC’s services and training in order to reach their academic and career goals:
- Workforce programs, including HVAC installation and repair, retail customer service training, medical office technology, and job training for individuals with disabilities
- Customized training and other services for employers
- GED test preparation and ESOL instruction
- Computer lab for use in TCC’s online courses and programs, including the online Associate in Arts degree program
- Resource room providing information about training, internships and other career opportunities needed to secure employment
- Conference and event space
The Gadsden Center also offers the same student services available at TCC’s main campus, including testing, academic advising, internship placement and other career services, and financial aid consultations on a scheduled basis.
2932 Crawfordville Highway • Crawfordville, Florida 32327 • (850) 922-6290
The TCC Wakulla Center offers programs, classes, continuing education courses and events to help community members increase their workforce marketability, job performance and job satisfaction. The Wakulla Center also offers classes for personal enrichment and enjoyment, along with a limited number of college-credit courses. The Center is home to the Green Guide Certification Program and other ecotourism and environmental programs.
Center for Innovation
300 West Pensacola Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301 • (850) 201-8762
The TCC Center for Innovation offers something unmatched by any other meeting or classroom facility in Tallahassee–a location directly across the street from Florida’s state capitol. TCC Capitol Center spaces are well-equipped and designed with enough flexibility to host a variety of events. Business suites, meeting rooms, exhibit space and classrooms are sure to meet the needs of any organization. Numerous professional development courses are also offered. The Capitol Center is also home to the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence.