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1 Foreign Language and Area Studies ( FLAS ) Fellowship Program Administration Webinar

2 Welcome to the FLAS Administration Webinar  Why? Reconnect and Review  Who? Self-introductions of Presenters:  Cheryl Gibbs, Tanyelle Richardson, Dr. Tim Duvall, and Dr. Loveen Bains  Introduce new IFLE staff member, Dr. Stephanie McKissic  What? Presentation Components Slide 2

3 TYPES OF FELLOWSHIPS  Academic Year Fellowships (AY)  Summer Fellowships (S) Slide 3

4 Fellowship Amounts (AY)  AY Graduate Fellowships – $33,000 per academic year $18,000 for institutional payment $ 15,000 for stipend allowance  AY Undergraduate Fellowships – $15,000 per academic year $ 10,000 for institutional payment $ 5,000 for stipend allowance Slide 4

5 Fellowship Amounts (S)  S Fellowships – $7,500 per summer  $5,000 Institutional Payment (tuition and fees)  $2,500 Subsistence Allowance (stipend) Slide 5

6 Institutional Payment vs. Subsistence Allowance  Institutional payment (tuition and fees)  Subsistence allowance (stipend) Slide 6 Undergraduate Summer Graduate SummerUndergraduate Academic Year Graduate Academic Year Institutional Payment (tuition and fees) $5,000 $10,000$18,000 Stipend$2,500 $5,000$15,000 Total$7,500 $15,000$33,000

7 Eligibility Requirements—All Fellowship Recipients  Must be a citizen or national of the U.S. or a permanent resident of the U.S.  Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a FLAS-granting institution and in a program combining modern foreign language training with area/international studies or research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study Slide 7

8 Eligibility Requirements—All Fellowship Recipients (continued)  Must show potential for high academic achievement (based on GPA, class ranking, or similar measures that institution determines)  Must be enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training in a language for which the institution has developed or is developing performance-based instruction Slide 8

9 Eligibility Requirements— Undergraduate Fellowship Recipients  Must be in the intermediate or advanced study of a less commonly taught language Slide 9

10 Eligibility Requirements—Graduate Fellowship Recipients Engaged in --  Predissertation level study  Preparation for dissertation research  Dissertation research abroad, or  Dissertation writing Slide 10

11 Overseas Program Requests (OPR) — Academic Year  Graduate and undergraduate fellowships may be awarded for academic year overseas programs, but  Undergraduates must be at the advanced or intermediate level of study in a less commonly taught language, and  All fellows must enroll in one language course and one area/international studies course per semester Slide 11

12 Overseas Program Requests—Summer  Overseas Program Requests (OPRs) must be submitted in a timely fashion early enough to allow the IFLE program officer to consider the request to ensure that the overseas program meets program requirements (i.e., at least 30 days before the travel date)  Overseas programs must include at least six weeks of instruction and at least 120 contact Slide 12

13  hours of language instruction for advanced level language courses and at least 140 contact hours of language instruction for beginning and intermediate level language courses  The instruction must be performance-based (i.e., for credit or certification and with testing and grading) Slide 13

14 Overseas Program Requests—Summer (continued)  FLAS granting institutions may consider fellowship applications from students from non-FLAS granting institutions  If students receive fellowships, however, they must enroll as a student in the FLAS granting institution and the institution must include the student in its report Slide 14

15 Dissertation Research Abroad Requests  Academic Year only  Student must be affiliated with an institution of higher education or similar entity in the host country  Student must submit a justification for the research project and have it approved by the IFLE program officer Slide 15

16 Travel Approval Requests  To attend approved overseas language programs during the summer  Must be submitted only if a travel award is being given to the student traveling  Must be submitted 30 days before the outgoing travel date to allow adequate time for review, revision, and approval Slide 16

17 Travel Approval Requests—Fly America Act  Travel using grant funds must comply with the Fly America Act, which mandates that travelers use American carriers wherever possible  You must familiarize yourself with this law and indicate that the travel complies with it when you submit your Travel Approval Request Slide 17

18 Travel Approval Requests—Timing Restrictions  If travel funding is applied for a student (a travel award), then IFLE will place restrictions on when students travel and return from their summer programs Slide 18

19 Language Approval Requests—One- time Requests  For students who want to study a language that is not offered on a continual basis  Language must have direct relevance to the student’s academic plan  Instruction must be performance-based from a qualified instructor with experience in teaching, language pedagogy, and assessment  Language approval request must include evidence of the above Slide 19

20 Language Approval Requests— Remainder of the Project Requests  For students who want to study a language that is taught at the FLAS granting institution at more than one level  Institution must demonstrate that it has the relevant language instruction capabilities and that they will be maintained for the duration of the grant cycle Slide 20

21 Pre- and Post-Instructor Evaluations  Administered by same instructor  Submitting a report – do not wait for a late evaluation Slide 21

22 Independent Study Requests  Must be approved by Program Officer on case by case basis  In the request, include: – Professor curriculum vitae (CV) – Syllabus – Justification for independent study Slide 22

23 FLAS Fellow Reports - Top 12 issues  Fellows do not provide entire course load  No indication of which courses are language or area studies courses  Enter course listing instead of full title  Enter N/A (not applicable) for a course title  Enter P/F (pass/fail) grades without explanation  Enter zero credits without explanation Slide 23

24 FLAS Fellow Reports - Top 12 issues  Enter area studies courses in summer reports  Enter audit as a grade  No details about their summer overseas language programs  Ongoing fellow support during fellowship  Centers are not widely publicizing competition opportunities  Centers are not providing sufficient, if any, networking opportunities Slide 24

25 Sources that Inform FLAS Fellowships Technical Assistance  Legislation: Title VI, International Education Programs, Part A, International and Foreign Language Studies, sections 601 and 602 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended  Program Specific Regulations: 34 Code of Federal Regulations, part 657  The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)  Attachment Z to the FLAS Grant Award Notification (84.015B) Slide 25

26 Sources of Information (continued)  OMB Circular A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Institutions  Federal Register (FR) Notices  EXAMPLE: Summer travel awards: FR; vol. 67; no. 187; Thursday, September 26, 2002  The U.S./ED Office of the General Counsel Slide 26

27 Sources of Information (continued)  Guidance, based on interpretation of program regulations Example: Actual grades, rather than Pass or Fail, is guidance based on the interpretation of section (2)(c) of the regulations, Who is eligible to receive a fellowship. “Shows potential for high academic achievement, based on such indices as grade point average, Slide 27

28 Sources of Information (continued)  class rankings, or similar measures that the institution may determine.”  Note: Regulations are rules of general application that are established through the notice and comment rulemaking process. Agency rulemaking is governed by the Administrative Procedures Act. Guidance explains what the rules require. Slide 28

29 Program Administration Manual (“PAM”)  Is a compilation of the sources mentioned above. What you need to know about “PAM”  PAM does not always speak clearly  PAM is not comprehensive  PAM means well  PAM is scheduled for an extreme makeover Slide 29

30 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  1. Student is awarded an AY FLAS for Chinese and after the first semester decides that he/she wants to study Japanese. Can the student take Japanese for the second semester? No. The student competed for and received the fellowship for Chinese, and therefore, cannot switch the language for which the fellowship was awarded. The student either continues in the Chinese course or forfeits the FLAS for the second semester.  2. Student receives a failing grade. Is re-payment of the FLAS required? It depends on the circumstances. If the failing grade is due to illness or other extenuating crises, then the student should not burdened with re- payment. If, however, the failing grade is due to not taking the FLAS fellowship training seriously and responsibly, then full re-payment is required. Discuss these issues with your IFLE program officer. Slide 30

31 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  3. We cannot get the student to submit a performance report, despite our efforts? Submit the institutional report in IRIS and notate that you tried. IFLE also advises that you should inform your students via your FLAS competition announcements, FLAS award acceptance letters, etc., that if they receive FLAS fellowships, they are required to submit performance reports as a condition of their fellowships. Further, let them know that they will not be allowed to apply for fellowships in the future, if they do not fulfill the U.S./ED reporting requirements.  4. What if the student declines the FLAS fellowship or withdraws from the program? If this occurs early in the fellowship award period, you can offer the fellowship to an alternate on FLAS selection committee’s list or conduct another competition to select another highly-qualified student who meets the eligibility requirements in section Note: If unused AY funds are created by the declined FLAS or withdrawal from the program, and it’s not possible to select another AY fellow, you should use the unused AY funds to support additional summer fellowships. Slide 31

32 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  Reference: Section (d) “Funds not used by one recipient for reasons of withdrawal are to be used for alternate recipients to the extent that funds are available for a full subsistence allowance.” Slide 32

33 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  Reference: section (b)  “If a fellow vacates a fellowship before the end of an award period, the institution to which the fellowship is allocated may award the balance of the fellowship to another student if—(1) the student meets the eligibility requirements in 657.3; and (2) the remaining fellowship period comprises at least one Slide 33

34 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  full academic quarter, semester, trimester, or summer session as described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section. Slide 34

35 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  5. Student notifies you after the first week, that the overseas language program does not measure up to what it claimed. Try to identify another overseas program and negotiate with the program sponsor to accept the student. If this is not possible, and there is a domestic summer intensive program available, advise the student to return to the States and enroll in the domestic summer program.  6. Student leaves the overseas program and does not notify you until much later, if at all. This speaks more to irresponsible behavior and less to the extenuating circumstances in scenario number 2. In this case, the student must repay the summer fellowship amount in full. This scenario also underscores the necessity for FLAS Coordinators to keep in touch with FLAS fellows during the summer so that this situation is avoided. Slide 35

36 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  7. We have unused AY 12 FLAS funds. Can we automatically use the funds for AY 2013 fellowships? Not automatically. Centers should first use the unused funds to make additional summer 2013 fellowships. IFLE advises this because, to the extent possible, fellowships should be used in the budget period for which they were allocated, i.e., FY If you are unable to expend the unused funds in the current fiscal year, you may notify IFLE of the need to carry the funds over, per the provisions in Attachment Z to the FLAS grant award notification (GAN).  8. If an Undergraduate student wants to take the beginning level of a language? An Undergraduate student at the beginning level of a language is not eligible to receive a FLAS fellowship. Section 657.3(2)(e) stipulates that an Undergraduate student must be at the Intermediate or Advanced study of a less commonly taught language. Slide 36

37 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  9. A Graduate student wants to take the beginning level of a language? This is allowable and usually occurs when the Graduate student wants to take the beginning level of another language related to his area expertise and research. For example, the student is proficient in Chinese and wants to take beginning Japanese.  10. We said we would award Undergraduate fellowships but we did not have high-quality applications? Notify your IFLE program officer as a FYI. You may then use the funds to create additional Graduate fellowships. Slide 37

38 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  11. Lodging, e.g., $700, is included in the $5000 “fees” payment for a summer overseas language program. Shall we still give the FLAS fellow a $2,500 stipend? No. You should deduct the $700 and give the student $1800, to avoid duplicative payment.  12. A student wants to take a single course to satisfy both the area studies/international studies course and the language course requirement. This is not allowed. Section 657.1(b) states that fellowships are awarded to students who are enrolled in performance-based modern foreign language training and area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional studies. Slide 38

39 FLAS Administration: What Ifs  13. A Center for Southeast Asia FLAS student wants to take beginning Dutch to enhance his capacity to conduct research on Indonesian colonial history. Can we request to add Dutch as a FLAS eligible language on a one-time basis for this particular student? Yes. Dutch is relevant to this FLAS student’s training as an expert on Southeast Asia. Slide 39

40 FLAS Administration: Why Can’t We?  Give a travel award to an AY FLAS recipient? Per a FR notice in 2002, the FLAS program only allows travel awards in conjunction with summer fellowships. REF: Slide 26  Use NRC funds to stretch our FLAS funds? The NRC grant and the FLAS grant are funded under two different (and separate) CFDA’s (Code of Federal and Domestic Assistance) numbers. The funds for NRC activities (84.015A) and the funds for FLAS fellowships (84.015B) cannot be co-mingled.  Meet the GPA Language Program participant quota with FLAS students? Institutions compete for and receive GPA grants on the basis that they will meet a specified number of GPA participant slots, and the U.S./ED grantee institutions accountable for meeting this quota. GPA grantee institutions may accept FLAS students only after they have met their required GPA participant slots. Slide 40

41 What’s Next?  FLAS Tracking Webinars (Friday, January 25 and Wednesday, January 29, Presenters: Tim Duvall and Amy Wilson  Update about the FY 2014 NRC/FLAS Competition  Save the Date: 2013 Technical Assistance Workshop, September 22–24, 2013 Slide 41

42 THANK YOU Questions and Discussion

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