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1 Funding for Community Colleges Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:15-4:15 pm Presentation for the 2011 Creating Pathways for STEM Transfer Student Success By Dr. Jorja Kimball, Director Strategic Research Development Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Reports to Dr. Dennis O’Neal, Deputy Director, TEES

2 Sharing Seminar. As higher education budgets are cut nationally, Texas has slashed scholarship funding. Therefore, the Texas Engineering Experiment Station created a workshops series targeting federal grant funding, particularly the National Science Foundation’s programs to which community colleges can submit. In this workshop, participants will work a proposal outline and strategy, with opportunity for questions.

3 Types of Funding Public –Federal Agencies/government National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Science Foundation (NSF) –State or municipal Private –Foundations –Industry

4 Resources for Federal Funding Navigating NIH –; click resources at top ontent&view=article&id=50&Itemid=107 ontent&view=article&id=50&Itemid=107 Interacting with NSF –; click resources at top ontent&view=article&id=51&Itemid=107 ontent&view=article&id=51&Itemid=107

5 Federal Funding NIH Example Bridges to the Baccalaureate –R25 - education projects –Increase the pool of community college students from underrepresented backgrounds who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. –Promotes partnerships between community colleges with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. –

6 Federal Funding NSF Examples Advanced Technological Education - ATE Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program - STEP Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM- TUES Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - S-STEM

7 ATE Emphasis on two-year colleges Focuses technician education for high tech fields –Undergraduate & grades 7-12 levels Approx. 75-90 awards or grants funded – 3 tracks 1.Centers – National or Regional 2.Projects, including Small grants for institutions new to ATE Conferences & Workshops 3.Targeted Research on Technical Education Workforce data on need Has been due in October annually No longer has preliminary proposals

8 ATE Supports: Curriculum development Professional development of faculty and secondary school (high school) teachers Career pathways –from high school to two-year colleges –from two-year colleges to four-year institutions

9 Amounts by ATE Category Projects –$25,000 to $300,000 per year up to three years Small grant up $200,000 total over three years National Centers $5 million, four years Regional Centers $3 million, four years Resource Centers $1.6 million, four years Planning grants for Center $70,000 Research grants $100,000 - $300,000 up four years

10 STEP Increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in STEM. Type 1 proposals: full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals: educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM. Baseline data needed Projections made for increases Great avenue for four year to partner with community colleges to increase number of STEM transfers

11 STEP Types: Scale, Scope, Stage Type 1 –Max $200,000 for 2-3 years –$250,000 when 4 year partners with 2 year –Normally has 1-2 program components Type 2 –$600,000 for 2-4 years –Addresses more than one program component –More than one institution Type 3 –$5 million over 5 years –Large scale, research efforts –National or regional efforts

12 TUES Formerly Course, Curriculum, Lab Improvement (CCLI) Improve the quality of STEM undergrad education Potential to transform STEM education –Widespread adoption practices for student learning –Create, adapt, disseminate new learning materials and teacher strategies on teaching and learning –Transfer & dissemination of instructional materials –Facilitate adaptation at other sites –Prepare K-12 teachers –Conduct research on STEM teaching and learning

13 TUES Project Components (proven) –Creating learning materials & strategies –Implementing new instructional strategies –Developing faculty expertise –Assess & evaluate student achievement (learning) –Conducting research on undergraduate STEM education Note project features list

14 All proposals to NSF Need to address Merit Review Criteria –Intellectual Merit Advancing knowledge Includes emphasis on support of potentially transformative concepts –Broader Impacts Examples Note if other criteria listed specific to rfp


16 Preparing a Proposal for the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Thanks to Margaret Hobson, PhD, Assistant Director, SRD, for her initial development and help with this section.

17 S-STEM Scholarships for –Academically talented US Citizens –Financially needy students –Enabling entry into workforce following completion of STEM Associate Baccalaureate Graduate-level degree in science and engineering

18 S-STEM Up to $600,000 for five years –5% administrative allowance –10% student services allowance Annual budget limited $225,000 From Congressional set-aside H 1 B visa fees Generally due mid August Letter of Intent Optional but suggest do

19 S-STEM Purpose Recruit Retain Transfer Graduate

20 Need for Community College S-STEM Projects

21 S-STEM Expectations Improved educational opportunities for students Increased retention of students to degree achievement Improved student support programs at institutions of higher education Increased numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of national need

22 Eligible Disciplines Biological sciences (except medicine) Physical sciences Mathematics Computer and information sciences Geosciences Engineering Technology/technician Science-based agriculture

23 Scholarship Size Up to $10,000 per student per year Based on financial need –Provide student financial need data –FAFSA required Based on cost of attendance –Details and citations

24 Who Can Submit One per college/school that awards degrees in an eligible field each year –Science –Engineering –Geoscience –Computer Science –Agriculture Science (in eligible fields) One per community college each year

25 Student Characteristics Academic potential or ability Financial need (as defined by Dept. of Ed) Full time students US citizens or –Aliens admitted as refugees –Permanent residents Natural student cohort –Single major –Take classes together –Participate in activities of common interest

26 Parts of Proposal Cover page (PI and up to 4 co-PIs) Project Summary (1 page) Project Description (15 pages) References Cited Biographical Sketches Budget –Justification

27 Proposal (continued) Facilities Project Data Form Data Management Plan Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Supplementary Documents

28 Project Summary One page (~300 words) –Number of scholarships –Discipline area(s) –Objectives –Student Recruitment Selection Support Career Placement Intellectual Merit Broader Impact

29 Project Description Note outline or template becomes the title of each slide

30 Results from Prior NSF Support Existing or prior CSEMS/S-STEM –Data, data, data NOT just how many Diversity What happened to CSEMS students

31 Project Objectives and Plans Specific objectives –Recruiting –Retaining Address local needs Plans to –Select students –Encourage success –Support workforce or continued studies

32 Significance of Project and Rationale—Data, data, data Student demographic information –Number of majors and number of graduates per year –Overall enrollment and retention Institution Programs Rationale for the number of scholarships –Workforce needs (citations) Rationale for scholarship amount requested (cost of attendance)

33 Activities on Which the Current Project Builds Existing support structures –Data Other scholarship programs –Data Support structures that will be added* –Details –Based on research (references) * Included in 10% allowed for Student Support

34 Project Management Plan* Led by PI Specific roles for key personnel Strategic plan Logistics Mechanisms for administering scholarships Reporting and records * Included in 5% allowed for administration

35 Student Selection Process and Criteria Criteria for selection Multiple indicators of merit and likely success –GPA –Placement tests and other scores –Motivation –Time management skills –Communication skills

36 Student Selection Process and Criteria (cont’d) Methods to increase participation of underrepresented groups –Details Research citations Letters of partnership (in supplementary docs) 36

37 Student Replacement Plan How to maintain eligibility –GPA –Course load –Total semesters of support –Probation semester allowed How students are replaced –Ineligible –Graduate or transfer

38 Student Support Services and Programs* Examples –Mentoring by faculty and industry –Academic support (tutoring) –Industry experiences or internships –Community building (citations) –Professional meetings and conferences –Access to appropriate technology –Career counseling and job placement Based on research and/or prior experience –Citation(s) * Included in 10% allowed for Student Support

39 Quality Educational Programs External accreditations Student performance data –Percentage of enrolled students who are retained in targeted degree –Percentage of students who continue their education at higher degree levels –Data on student placement in employment or further higher education upon graduation

40 Assessment and Evaluation* Annual reports to NSF Feedback loop for project management –Student progress –Larger impact on department/program –Evaluation of programmatic components * Included in the 5% allowed for Administration

41 Dissemination Define audience –Within your institution –Other institutions –Employers Define mechanism –Board meetings –Conferences

42 Special Considerations PI must be teaching faculty Team can include advisors, financial aid, support services –Other faculty involved –Show faculty involvement

43 Naturally Occurring Cohort Same majors/same department –One major or closely related majors Sharing classes Participating in common activities Housing Shared study space

44 Support Structures Academic support Future professional success Active learning community Existing or new –Explain in detail –Research citations

45 Enhancements Research opportunities Serving as mentors/tutors Internships Must be optional


47 References Must be cited in the proposal Institutional data source (URL goes here) Workforce data source References from RFP References about student support

48 Biosketches Maximum 2 pages Senior Personnel –(a) Professional Preparation (BS-PhD) (b) Appointments (reverse order) (c) Publications (up to 10) (d) Synergistic Activities (up to 5) (e) Collaborators & Other Affiliations Collaborators and Co-Editors (48 months) Graduate Advisors and Postdoctoral Sponsors Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor

49 Budget Number of eligible students Amount of need –How level of scholarship determined Broad definition of allowable expenses –Should be enough to allow students to be full-time and minimize outside work

50 Budget Up to 5 years First award expected Fall semester 2013 Maximum grant period 60 months Scholarships shown as Participant Support Costs Can include faculty summer salary* No indirect –5% administration allowance –10% student support * Included in 5% Administration allowance or 10% student support

51 Budget Justification Up to 3 pages Explain rationale for each item on the budget Explain the 5% administration and 10% student support

52 Current and Pending People on the cover page Lists S-STEM as “pending” Includes $$ beyond your institution

53 Facilities Place to put institutional support Not audited

54 Postdoctoral Mentoring Create a Not Applicable document

55 Data Management The type of data the project will generate –Number and demographics of students –$$ awarded –Student success –Impact of student support services What you will do with the data –Where/how stored

56 Project Data Form Pay attention to: –Academic Focus Lower division, upper division, both –Highest Degree Code Associates, bachelors, masters, PhD –Audience code Women and URM –Undergraduate Students Number impacted

57 Supplementary Documents Letters of commitment allowed –Recruiting partners –Transfer partners –Internships –Mentors

58 Proposal Development Resources Texas Engineering Experiment Station Strategic Research Development

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