Jan 072014
 

The annual Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) Grant provides colleges with an opportunity to apply for and receive funding for innovative projects aligned with Achieve 2015, particularly those that support the goals of access and student success. Selected projects can receive up to $75,000. Past CIF projects include the multi-college Teaching Online Program (TOP), PHCC’s HOPE: High-demand Occupational Programs for Employment (nominated for a 2014 Bellwether Award), and NVCC’s OER Based General Education Certificate Program.

This year, there were a record number of submissions, which made the task of selecting the best projects from so many worthy ones incredibly challenging. Grantees were selected by a committee of workforce and academic staff using  a rubric aligned with the CIF criteria outlined in the request for proposals.

The following very worthy projects are the 2013-14 CIF grant winners. Congratulations to this year’s grantees!

College

Project Title

Award Amount

BRCC

BRCC Welding, Machining, & Fabrication Program

$74,537

CVCC

Preparing for the Virginia Placement Test

$24,000

DSLCC

Reaching Out with Expanded On-Line and Summer Enrichment Activities

$28,859

GCC

GCC Podcast Partners in Regional Workforce and Economic Development

$11,092

ESCC

ESCC Mini-MOOC: Orientation to Online Learning

$7,200

JTCC

Increasing College and Career Readiness in Future STEM Workers

$30,250

LFCC

Conceptual Exploration of a Virtual Environment in the Student Development Classroom

$7,500

LFCC

Principles of Accounting II OER Content

$10,200

NRCC

Innovative Course Development: From Manufacturing to Gaming

$53,000

NVCC

NOVA ELI OER-Based General Studies Program

$26,000

NVCC

TOTAL: Mainstreaming the Innovation

$24,955

NVCC

Advancing Education and Career Pathways for Veteran Students in Northern Virginia

$47,000

PHCC

Innovation Engineering: Create, Communicate, Commercialize

$16,500

PVCC

Homework System for Chemistry and Biology Classes at PVCC

$12,110

PVCC

Sharing the Wisdom and Methods of Master Teachers

$15,489

TCC

Pathway to OER: Embracing Open Content in the Classroom

$4000

TCC

Virtual Employment Academy (VEA)

$75,000

VHCC

Developing OERs in STEM-H Courses to Increase Student Access

$36,810

VWCC

Connecting Advisors to Improve Student Success

$21,586

VWCC

Creating a Bridge to Success–VWCC Quick Connect for Manufacturing Production Technician (MPT)

$25,116

Richard Sebastian

Richard SebastianRichard Sebastian is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for the Virginia Community College System. His role at the VCCS is to support the colleges' efforts to identify and implement effective technology use in the classroom and online. He also works on policy issues and statewide initiatives involving online learning and use of educational technology. Richard serves on two VCCS Reengineering committees. He is a member of the Innovation and Technology Task Force and co-chairs the Textbook Costs and Digital Learning Resources workgroup. He leads the development of online resources for the VCCS's new Developmental Math curriculum for the Virginia Rethinks Health Science Education project, funded by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. He manages the annual Chancellor's Innovation Fund and provides guidance to faculty and staff about the VCCS Intellectual Property policy. Richard lives in Richmond with his wife, son, menagerie of semi-feral cats, and heavily outnumbered dog, Dewey.

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