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 unit of IA is responsible for overseeing all fund raising, 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 space 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.  A Student Fund Raising Event Policy can also be found on Blackboard, to provide guidance to any student groups who may be looking to raise money for projects or departments.

Public Relations

Public Relations, primarily news media outreach, is managed from within IA Marketing and Communications. The CCS Public Relations function is charged with engaging key audiences (potential students, donors and potential donors, industry and government opinion leaders) to promote and strengthen the CCS brand image. Chief responsibilities of the public relations unit include initiating and maintaining relationships with the media, promoting newsworthy CCS events and activities to key audience segments, while helping coordinate CCS involvement in community activities.  Any requests made to faculty or staff for media interviews, tours, etc. should be run through the Public Relations manager prior to being accepted.

Sponsored Projects

The College partners with corporations, associations and other enterprises to incorporate sponsored research projects into the educational experience for CCS students. Sponsors typically present a design challenge of strong educational value to a CCS studio class for the class to work on over the course of a semester.  Students present their solutions to leading industry representatives at the end of each project. Beyond the educational benefits to students, sponsored research projects enable CCS to build relationships with industry for internships and career placement as well as generating revenue and helping create marketing and public relations opportunities for the College.

Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations

The Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations unit in IA secures financial and in-kind contributions from corporations, foundations and government sources. This unit works closely with faculty, staff and others to organize and develop programs for funding, while also cultivating and soliciting prospects for capital giving, endowments, grants, scholarships and other support.  A primary role of this unit is corporate sponsored research projects.


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 and making possible capital improvements. The Development team is also responsible for managing on-going donor relationships for the College.  The CCS Development team generates revenue through fund raising events such as the Detroit International Wine Auction and the Student Exhibition Opening, and through other fund raising tactics including direct mail solicitations and online giving as well as major donor and capital giving campaigns. Development provides leadership and support for alumni and volunteer involvement with CCS. IA’s Development unit builds and maintains a strong regional and national network among alumni to keep them connected with CCS and each other. Volunteers are recruited, trained and assigned based on their interests and CCS needs, which range from helping to staff fund raising events to advising the College on key programs and initiatives.

If faculty and staff are interested in raising money 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 they have approval, they can refer to the General Events Policies manual found on the IA page on Blackboard, and entitled “Facility Use and Special Events Manual”, if their fundraising would happen via an event, or reach out directly to the Vice President of IA or the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations if they are interested in pursuing grants or other types of funding for their project.

Institutional Advancement

Philanthropy helps the College for Creative Studies accomplish its mission by supporting scholarships, faculty, programs and facilities.  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 fund raising initiatives and promoting the CCS brand.  IA concentrates in three primary areas: Development (fund raising), Marketing and Communications, and Public Relations.

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 Blackboard; 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.  If you are sending out personal mail from CCS, it must already have the proper postage affixed.  Under no circumstances may CCS postage be used for personal mail.