Dr. Jason Simon receives international advancement award

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Foster Simon ('11 PhD), Director of Research, Assessment and Planning for Student Affairs at UNT, who received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement, outstanding doctoral dissertation, for "Does Campus Type Really Matter? National Patterns of Alumni Giving in the 2008 Voluntary Support of Education Study."

Simon's research focused on the relationships between campus typology and total alumni giving, restricted giving and unrestricted giving across 652 institutions of higher education.  Simon found that alumni make differentiated choices concerning their gifts based on the institution type attended. Simon's research has practical significance for campuses who are grappling with expanding degree offerings.  In these situations, academic leadership may not be aware how these degree decisions affect overall alumni fundraising. Simon found that not only did differences emerge in giving patterns but that additional work is needed to increase alumni support for higher education in certain sub-categories of institutions.  Simon's dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Marc Cutright, Associate Professor in Counseling and Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education.

The Grenzebach Awards recognize the work of established researchers and encourage young scholars to continue their work in advancement. The awards program is cosponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Giving USA Foundation.  CASE includes more than 3,400 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 74 countries and represents over 64,000 advancement professionals world-wide.  The awards are named in honor of the late John Grenzebach, founding chair of John Grenzebach & Associates Inc., development consultants to educational institutions. Grenzebach was a leader in educational philanthropy with a strong interest in promoting scholarship in the advancement field.

In his role as Director of Research, Assessment and Planning for the Division of Student Affairs, Simon is responsible for facilitating Division progress on assessing its strategic, student development/learning and administrative goals. He is also leading the wide scale adoption of direct evidence across the UNT campus via ID Card scanning at programs, services and events. Simon is also tasked with helping to provide leadership to the Division's strategic grants personnel to secure external foundation funding to improve student success.  Simon currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Education teaching Higher Education Resource Development.