LSSU’s Funding Innovations in Teaching (FIT) Program *Apply during this time if your expenses will be covered by September 30, 2016. What is FIT? FIT provides funding to LSSU faculty members for implementing innovative or best practices in teaching and learning. Funding comes from LSSU’s Title III SIP Grant and thus FIT projects must help further the Title III grant’s overall goal of enhancing student retention and graduation rates. In other words, the proposed project must help one or more faculty members develop and evaluate innovative approaches to teaching that are designed to increase student success. Priority will be given to projects that involve an ‘on-the-ground’ implementation (as opposed to simply ‘learning more about’) a practice. Priority will also be given to those applicants who show investment in the form of cost sharing on their proposed idea. For more information about the Title III grant, see the Appendix A. How much can I request? Funding is available to support up to $3,000 per project. Projects that exceed this amount will be considered upon review of additional justification. Projects are typically one semester or one year in length. Funding is available for all five years of the Title III project (beginning in 2014). How is the funding awarded? Each semester, the Faculty Center will issue a call for proposals to the LSSU faculty. The following examples illustrate the type of projects appropriate for the FIT program: Use of computer simulation-based case studies as a “Learn Before Lecture” activity to enhance student engagement in a course. Students will explore concepts in an engaging, real-life setting and thus come to class better prepared to learn the underlying theory and concepts. A community based academic service learning project for a college algebra class to assist staff at the Community Action Agency to quantify trends in the needs of the Meals on Wheels Program. Students will put what they learn to immediate practical applications and thus learn it better. Attending the teaching track at a discipline-specific academic conference. Professor will learn best practices for teaching specific topics within his/her discipline and apply them in class. If you attend a conference, you will have to report what you learned and how you are applying it to your classroom. Faculty members considering making an application for FIT funds are encouraged to contact the Faculty Center Co-Coordinators to discuss the idea. Any interested faculty member or project team should submit the proposal to the Faculty Center workgroup for consideration. The Faculty Center workgroup will select projects for recommendation to the Title III Steering Committee which makes the final decision for Title III expenditures. The workgroup or the Steering Committee may recommend that a proposal be revised and resubmitted. Proposals will be awarded based on a ranking system using the following criteria: Application of the practice with students in a specific setting (e.g., a particular class or experiential project). Appropriate and effective use of the funds, including cost sharing. Basis in evidence for the practice. Extensibility/potential impact of the practice to other faculty members. Statement of measurable outcomes and quality of the plan for evaluating those outcomes. Sustainability of the practice beyond this funding. Connection to the overall goal of improving student retention and graduation rates. Past participation with FCT events. Successful awardees will be expected to provide a written report to the Faculty Center regarding the implementation of the practice and results of the evaluation of the practice and to present the results in a Faculty Center seminar. In the past, awardees have presented in an informal brown bag session. How do I apply? Complete and submit the following no later than March 11, 2016: A completed application form. A travel reimbursement voucher estimating your expenses and including supervisory approval for travel. (Please note: if traveling, you will be responsible for your expenses up front and will be reimbursed upon return.) The travel reimbursement voucher can be found on the Business Office webpage: http://www.lssu.edu/busoff/travel.php Applications can be submitted to: Faculty Center for Teaching c/o Krystle Gerzetich, FCT Administrative Support Coordinator, LBR104/LBR245 [email protected] Faculty Center for Teaching Workgroup Members: Mark Terwilliger, FCT Co-Director Cathy Chaput, FCT Co-Director Kimberly Muller Mary Reynolds-Keegan Sarah Ouimette Megan Kelly Barb Light Herb Henderson Jodi Hunter Julie Barbour Joe Moening Kristina Olson-Pupek Title III Steering Committee Members: Shelley Wooley, Project Director Beverly Haske, Activities Director Mark Terwilliger, FCT Co-Director Cathy Chaput, FCT Co-Director Gail Essmaker, FCT/SLC Learning Technologist Krystle Gerzetich, FCT Administrative Support Coordinator Marc Boucher Geralyn Narkiewicz David Myton Sandy Hope Appendix A. Information on LSSU’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program What is the purpose of LSSU’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant? In 2013, Lake Superior State University was awarded a $1.8 million, five-year Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The project has five comprehensive strategies for strengthening the university: Strategy 1 Strategy 2 Strategy 3 Strategy 4 Strategy 5 Implement Faculty Center for Teaching (FTC) to facilitate use of best practices in teaching and advising, implementation of Community of Practice (COP), coordinate with Audio Visual to acquire instructional technology, provide resources for faculty development and enhance innovation and certify faculty members’ development efforts. Implement Advising Support for Students and Faculty to provide information resources on advising to faculty; provide students with information about how to get the most from their faculty advisors; work through the Student Learning Commons (SLC) in supporting of peermentoring regarding university engagement and becoming a self-directed learner. Implement a Student Learning Commons to provide students with programs and space for expanded peer mentoring and enhanced resources for learning experiences and general university engagement. Manage barriers by identifying ‘momentum points’ in student progression to degree completion, review policies and procedures in terms of their potential impact on those barriers, and make appropriate modifications. Improve cost-effectiveness of Learning Management System(LMS)by converting to opensource system. The grant also specifies the goals and measurable objectives of the project for the five years of the grant: Overall Goals Objectives Academic Programs Goal 1: Improve Objective 1: By September the success rates 2018, increase retention of fullof LSSU’s first time First Time in College year students (FTIC) students from 68% to 74%. (Baseline=68%) Objective 2: By September 2018, increase from 0% to 50% faculty participation in COP. (Baseline=0) Objective 3: By September 2018, 50% of lecture rooms will have updated technology. (Baseline=0) Objective 4: By September 2018, 30% of faculty will have achieved local certification in teaching and/or advising. (Baseline=0) Objective 5: By September 2018, increase from 0% to 50% faculty using resources available through the Faculty Center for Specific Tasks and Methods Involved 1. Establish a Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) to facilitate: Use of best practices for teaching especially student active learning techniques and use of technology to support student active learning Establishment of Faculty COP More effective approaches for advising including optimal use of new retention strategies Use of instructional technology to support student learning Discussions, seminars & workshops held on teaching and advising Acquiring of print/electronic resources available for faculty professional development Funding available for attending conferences Funding available for innovative practices through a min-grant program Creation of local certification Tangible Results 74% of full-time, FTIC students who enter in the fall semester will return the following fall All new faculty and 50% of veteran faculty will be involved in a Faculty COP 50% of lecture rooms will have updated technology. 30% of faculty will have achieved local certification in teaching and/or advising. 50% of faculty will make use of resources in the FCT. 38% of studentsentering fall 2013 will be on track to Teaching (FCT). (Baseline=0) Objective 6: By September 2018, increase 6 year graduation rate to 38%. (Baseline=33%) Objective 7: By September 2018, increase percentage of faculty members using MAPWorks to 70%. (Baseline=30) Objective 8: By September 2018, 55% of first year students surveyed will indicate they are accessing on-line tutorials about academic planning. (Baseline=0) Objective 9: By September 2018, 35% of first year students will be working with a peer mentor. (Baseline=13) Institutional Management Goal 2: Identify Objective 10: By September and remove 2018, 80% of policies and policies and procedures will have been procedures that reviewed for their potential unnecessarily act impact on degree as barriers to completion.(Baseline=0) degree completion Goal 3: Improve cost efficiency in use of Learning Management System (LMS) Objective 11: By September 2018, 100% of faculty who use LMS will be using Moodle. (Baseline=0). program for faculty in the areas of enhancing student learning and in advising 2. Establish Enhanced First Year Advising program: Increase student participation in retention management system Increase faculty participation in retention management system Provide enhanced advising resources for advisors and students including on-line tutorials for academic planning to help students get the most from their advisors 3. Establish a Student Learning Commons: Provide increase student access to peer mentoring Increase student access to support for student active learning within their classes Enhance the physical location where students can access support services 4. Manage Barriers: Staff in the Office for Advising, Retention and Orientation will facilitate an analysis of students’ individual academic and personal needs, including ‘momentum points’ in student progression to degree completion and review policy and procedures in terms of their potential impact on them 5. Convert to open-source LMS: Begin process of converting to Moodle as we approach end of current license with Blackboard™ graduate in 6 years. 70% of faculty use MAP-works for advising 55% of first year students surveyed will indicate they are accessing on-line tutorials about academic planning 35% of first year students will be working with a peer mentor during their first year. 80% of campus policies and procedures that impact degree completion will be reviewed and appropriate recommendation will have been made. 100% of faculty who use LMS in their classes will be using Moodle. AppendixB. OMB Circular A-21: Allowable and Unallowable Direct Costs OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, identifies direct and indirect cost that may be charged to federal research grants and contracts. The cost principles also identify those charges that cannot be charged to grants and are considered unallowable expenses. OMB Circular A-21 offers four tests to determine the allow ability of cost applied to federally sponsored agreements. In addition to conforming to any limitations or exclusions in the sponsored agreement, all expenses charged to sponsored accounts must: Be allowable: Allowable expense are reasonable and necessary, allocable to sponsored projects, given consistent treatment and conform to any limitations or exclusions set forth in the relevant federal regulations (if applicable), the sponsored agreement and the university policy. Be allocable: An expense is allocable if it is incurred solely to advance the work under the agreement or if it benefits both the sponsored agreement and other work of the institution, in proportions that can be approximated through use of reasonable methods. Be reasonable: A reasonable cost is one that a prudent person would have incurred under the circumstances prevailing when the purchase was made. Be consistently treated: Cost incurred for the same purpose, in like circumstances, must be treated consistently as either a direct or indirect (F&A) costs. The following costs are generally allowable on federal awards, except as noted. OMB A-21, Section J (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_a021_2004) should be consulted for more detailed explanations and guidelines; the corresponding paragraph where more information can be found is provided in parentheses before each item. Please note that awarding agency guidelines and University policy may be more rigid than the guidelines listed here. Allowable Direct Cost 1. (J-1) Advertising and Public Relations: Allowable only if related to and necessary for performance of the sponsored project (i.e., recruitment of personnel, procurement of goods and services, disposal of scrap/surplus materials). 2. (J-2) Advisory Councils: Costs incurred by advisory councils or committees are allowable as a direct cost where authorized by the Federal awarding agency or as an indirect cost where allocable to sponsored agreements. 3. (J-9) Communication Costs: Cost incurred for telephone services, local and long distance telephone calls, telegrams, postage, messenger, electronic or computer transmittal services and the like are allowable. 4. (J-10) Compensation for Personal Services: Allowable for services such as salaries, wages and fringe benefits within University policy and for activities contributing to and intimately related to work under the sponsored agreement. (see OMB A-21, Section J for details). 5. (J-18) Equipment and other Capital Expenditures: Allowable only for special purpose equipment (Prior approval from awarding agency required for items with a unit cost of $5,000 or more). Special Purpose Equipment - used exclusively for research, medical, scientific, or other technical activities. 6. (J-25) Insurance and Indemnification: Allowable if related to and necessary for the performance of the sponsored project (Note: malpractice insurance is an allowable cost of research programs only to the extent that the research involves human subjects) 7. (J-30) Maintenance and Repair Costs: Allowable as a direct cost as necessary to carry out the technical and scientific aspects of and actually used for the performance of a sponsored project. 8. (J-31) Material and Supplies Costs: Cost incurred for materials, supplies, and fabricated parts necessary to carry out a sponsored agreement are allowable. Only materials and supplies actually used for the performance of a sponsored agreement may be charged as direct costs. 9. (J-32) Meetings and Conferences: Allowable when the primary purpose is the dissemination of technical information directly related to the project. This includes costs of meals, transportation, rental of facilities, speakers' fees, and other items incidental to such meetings or conferences, excluding entertainment costs. 10. (J-33) Memberships, Subscriptions and Professional Activity Costs: Cost of the institution’s membership in business, technical, and professional organizations are allowable. Costs of the institution’s subscription to business, professional, and technical periodicals are allowable. 11. (J-36) Pre-agreement Costs: Allowable with prior approval from the awarding agency 12. (J-37) Professional Service Costs: Allowable when in accordance with OMB A-21, J37 b & c and in compliance with University policy. 13. (J-39) Publication and Printing Costs: Allowable if the costs can be identified with a research project. If the cost is for page charges, the charges are allowable for professional journals if the work is supported by the Federal Government and the charges are levied impartially on all research papers published, not just those funded by federally sponsored authors (see OMB A-21, Section J for details). 14. (J-42) Recruiting Costs: Allowable when related to and necessary for the project and if reasonable. 15. (J-45) Scholarships and Student Aid Costs: Allowable only when the purpose of the sponsored agreement is to provide training to selected participants and the charge is approved by the sponsoring agency. In order to pay tuition, a stipend must be paid, and the student must be enrolled in an advanced degree program. The activities of the student in relation to the project must be related to the degree program and compensation must be conditioned explicitly on the performance of the work. Must be a bona fide employer-employee relationship (see OMB A-21, Section J45). 16. (J-51) Training Costs: Allowable for training provided for employee development for a specific sponsored project. 17. (J-52) Transportation Costs: Allowable when related to goods purchased, in process, or delivered are allowable. 18. (J-53) Travel Costs: Allowable for transportation, lodging, subsistence and related items for employees who are in travel status on project-specific business, subject to University policy. Unallowable Direct Cost 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. (J-1) Advertising and Public Relations: Unallowable for cost of meetings, conventions, convocations, or other events related to other activities of the institution and cost of promotional items and memorabilia, including models, gifts and souvenirs. (J-3) Alcoholic Beverages: Unallowable (J-4) Alumni Activities: Unallowable (J-6) Bad Debt: Unallowable (J-8) Commencement and Convocation Costs: Unallowable (J-11) Contingency Provisions: Unallowable (J-12) Deans of Faculty and Graduate Schools: Unallowable (J-14) Depreciation and Use Allowances: Unallowable (J-15) Donations and Contributions: Unallowable (J-17) Entertainment Costs: Unallowable for cost of entertainment including amusement, diversion, and social activities and any costs directly associated with such costs (such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals with inadequate substantiation of business purpose, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities). (J-18) Equipment and other Capital Expenditures: Unallowable for General Purpose Equipment. General Purpose Equipment - not used exclusively for research (i.e., office equipment and furnishings, reproduction and printing equipment, etc.). (J-20) Fund Raising and Investment Costs: Unallowable (J-22) Goods or Services for Personal Use: Unallowable (J-23) Housing and Personal Living Expenses: Unallowable (J-26) Interest: Unallowable (J-27) Labor Relations Costs: Unallowable (J-28) Lobbying: Unallowable (J-29) Losses on Other Sponsored Agreements or Contracts: Unallowable (J-33) Memberships, Subscriptions and Professional Activity Costs: Cost of membership in any civic or community organization, any country club or social dining club or organization are unallowable. (J-46) Selling and Marketing; Unallowable (J-48) Student Activity Costs: Cost incurred for intramural activities, student publications, student clubs, and other student activities, are unallowable, unless specifically provided for in the sponsored agreements.