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!


Project Title

Award Amount


BRCC Welding, Machining, & Fabrication Program



Preparing for the Virginia Placement Test



Reaching Out with Expanded On-Line and Summer Enrichment Activities



GCC Podcast Partners in Regional Workforce and Economic Development



ESCC Mini-MOOC: Orientation to Online Learning



Increasing College and Career Readiness in Future STEM Workers



Conceptual Exploration of a Virtual Environment in the Student Development Classroom



Principles of Accounting II OER Content



Innovative Course Development: From Manufacturing to Gaming



NOVA ELI OER-Based General Studies Program



TOTAL: Mainstreaming the Innovation



Advancing Education and Career Pathways for Veteran Students in Northern Virginia



Innovation Engineering: Create, Communicate, Commercialize



Homework System for Chemistry and Biology Classes at PVCC



Sharing the Wisdom and Methods of Master Teachers



Pathway to OER: Embracing Open Content in the Classroom



Virtual Employment Academy (VEA)



Developing OERs in STEM-H Courses to Increase Student Access



Connecting Advisors to Improve Student Success



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


Richard Sebastian

Richard SebastianRichard Sebastian is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for Virginia’s Community Colleges. Dr. Sebastian leads system-wide initiatives to identify and promote educational technologies that improve student outcomes and foster deeper engagement in learning. He is currently focused on the issues of open educational resources, effective online and blended learning, emerging educational technologies, and digital citizenship. Richard is the Principal Investigator on the Hewlett-funded Zx23 Project, an initiative to scale the zero-textbook-cost degrees to all 23 of Virginia's community colleges. Dr. Sebastian lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and son. He has a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia. He spends his free time telling stories, taking pictures, singing in a concept cover band with other middle-aged dads, and spending long nights in the cold, cold woods with other true believers to confirm once and for all that Bigfoot exists.

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