University Institute for Teaching and Learning

A surprising funding source?

Since 2016, the University Institute for Teaching and Learning has provided faculty with opportunities to share successful teaching techniques and support adoption of modern methods that enhance student learning. 

But the university community might not be familiar with the innovative source of funding for this essential resource: Ohio State's contract extension with NIKE.

That extension, valued at $252 million over 15 years, includes more than $41 million in support for the university outside of athletics. Ohio State utilized $10 million from this relationship to establish an endowment that is now providing annual support for the Institute for Teaching and Learning.

The NIKE relationship is part of Ohio State's broader strategy of using innovative funding sources to support our academic priorities.