Keys for use on gates, doors, desks, file cabinets, vehicles and other CCS equipment are issued through the Facilities Department.  They remain the property of CCS.  If you are provided with a key, you are responsible for its safekeeping.  You will be required to pay for the replacement of lost or stolen keys that have been assigned to you.  If your job changes or you leave CCS, you must return all keys to the Director of Human Resources.  You may not duplicate keys without authorization.


CCS’s fiscal year is a twelve-month period, beginning on July 1, and ending June 30.  The budget for CCS is prepared annually, with formal Board of Trustees approval in the May preceding the commencement of the next budget year.  The process of preparing the budget begins in the fall preceding the start of the next fiscal year.  At that time, enrollment projections are made for the following year, and by December, the tuition rates for the following year are established and approved by the Board of Trustees.  Following soon thereafter, the process of developing detailed revenue, expense and capital acquisition budgets commences.

In January, all cost center directors, department chairpersons, and other staff with budget responsibilities are given information regarding the budget preparation process.  They prepare revenue, expense and capital budget requests based upon the information in the budget package, as well as needs they might have due to curriculum or enrollment expectations.  These requests are submitted in late February, with individual departmental presentations made to senior management in early March.  Following these presentations, senior management makes final budget decisions, and the budget is prepared for submission to the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board in early April. This is followed by presentations to the Executive Committee of the Board in late April and to the Board of Trustees for final approval in May.

Special Events

The Special Events is responsible for overseeing all the logistics of fundraising, community, and third-party events for the College. It works with academic and administrative departments, outside organizations, and individuals to schedule auditoriums, galleries, and conference spaces for purposes other than regular classes. The events team books facilities ensuring that the appropriate facilities are used, and coordinates audio-visual and other equipment set-ups, catering, crowd control, security, and parking arrangements.

The College has outlined General Event Policies for events being held at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, and the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus in the Facility Use and Special Events Manual.


The Development unit in IA raises funds to support CCS at all levels, from supporting general operations and addressing ongoing needs to enabling special projects, new initiatives, endowed programs, and positions, reducing the financial burden of students through scholarships, capital improvements, and more. The Development team is also responsible for all gift processing, compliance with IRS laws related to receipting/acknowledgment of gifts, documentation of gifts to support the audit and donor intention, coordination with the Office of Business Services related to philanthropy, as well as coordinating efforts on behalf of the College related to donor relations and stewardship.

If faculty and staff are interested in raising money or securing/accepting a gift-in-kind for a project or initiative, they should begin by discussing their idea with their Department Chair and/or Dean to ensure that their initiative aligns with the College’s mission and priorities. Once approved at a conceptual level, faculty and staff should contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for further conversation. Policies related to fundraising may be found in the policy database in the section pertaining to Fundraising and Marketing or by searching the database using the keywords “charitable gifts.”

For gifts-in-kind specifically, the College accepts gifts-in-kind on a limited basis and they must be approved by Institutional Advancement (IA) in advance of accepting any such gift. If the donor stated value of the gift exceeds $105,000, approval by the Vice President for Administration and Finance is also required to ensure the College is complying with IRS laws that require an independent appraisal/documentation to determine the value of goods, reporting after use/sale, and more. Refer to the policy in the College’s database titled, “Charitable Gifts – Types and Acceptance” for additional information. The Gift-in-Kind Form can be obtained from the Institutional Advancement (IA) office and should be returned to IA once the donor completes the form for acknowledgment and record-keeping purposes.

Institutional Advancement

Philanthropy helps the College for Creative Studies accomplish its mission by supporting scholarships, faculty, programs, student wellbeing, facilities, and more. A growing base of donors – individuals, corporations, foundations, and government – supplement the financial resources provided by tuition and other operating income. Institutional Advancement (IA) is responsible for overseeing the acceptance of charitable gifts, fundraising initiatives, and alumni engagement at the College-level to complement activities at the department level. Moreover, IA collaborates with the Office of Partnerships (7.6.5), to support their leadership efforts to engage the Corporate community in support of funds to impact the College.

Crisis Management Plan

The College has a Crisis Management Plan, developed by Campus Safety and Human Resources, that details procedures for responding to man-made and natural emergencies that might confront the College. The plan covers medical emergencies, crimes in progress, bomb threats, tornadoes and fires. The focus is on reporting emergencies, critical infrastructure assessment, evacuations of buildings, recovery of services and return to operating standards. The full plan is available on the CCS Policy Database and, additionally, a pamphlet is available from Campus Safety with important summary information.


All CCS mail is processed through the mailroom. Incoming mail is picked up by Facilities staff in the morning from the post office, and all outgoing mail is picked up from CCS offices by 3:00 p.m. so it can be delivered to the post office by 4:30 p.m. Personal mail sent from CCS must have the proper postage affixed. Under no circumstances may CCS postage be used for personal mail.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) supports the College’s mission by implementing and maintaining academic, administrative, and enterprise (shared) infrastructure technologies and systems. These include the institution’s administrative and student information systems software, Colleague; the institutional communication portal, Canvas; the room scheduling system, R25; as well as managing the institutional technology help desk. ITS also manages the campus-wide network and Internet access, email, and voice and data services. ITS further oversees compliance with required governmental and contractual policies and protocols. Finally, ITS manages the College’s physical and virtual computing resources including computer labs, virtual desktop infrastructure, and faculty and staff computers.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement works collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the College and is responsible for augmenting the College’s financial resources through philanthropy as well as engaging the alumni community. The Vice President works closely with the Board of Trustees, President, Office of Partnerships, Department Chairs, Faculty and other colleagues in support of fundraising. Functions reporting to the Vice President include annual giving, major and planned giving, foundation relations, and alumni relations. The Vice President also supervises the Kresge Arts in Detroit program.

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services is responsible for the College’s efforts to provide excellent student services, and to recruit, enroll, and retain undergraduate, graduate, and Pre-College and Continuing Studies students. The Vice President supervises the offices of Academic Advising and Registration, Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Recruitment Services, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, International Student Services and Pre-College and Continuing Studies.

In addition, the Vice President prepares enrollment and retention reports, completes all required Federal and State reports, as well as various accreditation and third-party surveys.