- And why would we want to go corporate? In the words of people at UW, "professors and administrators defend the use of corporate sponsorships, saying it allows them to build sophisticated facilities or pay for endowed professorships that they couldn't otherwise afford." Hey, we need new labs, new facilities, better talent for research (which brings grants which brings more money), so on. If the state is not providing, why not let Halliburton do it?
- The library. Sure, we have it named after somebody, but we need more funding. I say we sell the naming rights to Dell. They already provided our computers for the lab, and certain segments of our administration would like nothing better than to just have the "library" in a couple of rooms with servers to host the databases. If we became the "Dell Library," we can probably rake a few million bucks. Sure, we'd probably would not have books, but everything is online these days, right?
- Our Chemistry Department could become the Dow Chemical Department.
- Our nursing programs could be sponsored by the U.S. Armed Forces. They are always looking for nurses (if their ads are to be believed). No, I am not picking on the armed forces. Think about it for a moment. We could actually kill two birds with one stone: solve some of the shortages of personnel in the armed forces and keep providing for our nursing programs. However, if you want to keep the corporate idea going, we can pick a couple of pharmaceutical companies and HMOs to pick up the tab. How about Pfizer and Blue Cross?
- The Department of Political Science is kind of a no-brainer. We could get some of the same foundations and wealthy individuals that fund some of America's finest think tanks. If it works for The Heritage Foundation, the Center for Progressive Reform, and the Brookings Institution, it ought to work for us. Besides, a lot of political science majors do end up working at think tanks, so they would be getting a headstart.
- We can fund the Criminal Justice department by selling the naming rights and sponsorship to a prison contractor. You know? Those private companies that build and maintain many of the prisons in this country. For example, we could have the CCA CJ Department. CCA already provides prison services in Texas, so this would not really be a stretch.
A hat tip to The Kept-Up Librarian.