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LVAIC Funded Programs: Call for Proposals

January 23, 2017, @ 8:00 AM

Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges has funding to support initiatives (up to three years in duration) that, through cooperation and collaboration, enhance campus inclusion and climate, improve teaching and learning at LVAIC schools, result in increased cross campus student or faculty interactions, and/or result in short- or long-term cost savings.  The LVAIC Chief Academic Officers group is accepting collaborative proposals for funding that would be available beginning in July 2017.

This year, LVAIC will consider two different types of collaborative funding requests – Program Proposals and Innovation Proposals.

  • Program Proposals may be submitted to promote interaction and sharing across the LVAIC community and will includes programs such as, but not limited to, faculty, staff and student conferences, symposia, and workshops.
  • Innovation Proposals will promote collaborative improvements across the LVAIC community in teaching and learning such as, but not limited to, new collaborative certificates and courses, faculty development programs, and the use of technology to support cross campus learning.

Proposals should be a maximum of eight pages in length (not including appendices), include the participation of at least three LVAIC institutions, and should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to LVAIC at with a completed electronic form available here by 5:00 pm, March 3, 2017.

A sample rubric that will be used to help evaluate each proposal also is attached to this email. Final approval for cooperative funding awards will be made by the LVAIC Board of Directors.

Cooperative proposals will be prioritized for funding by the LVAIC Chief Academic Officers and will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with at least one of the LVAIC collaborative priorities:
    • advancing inclusion and cultural awareness across the LVAIC community
    • improving teaching and learning at LVAIC schools,
    • increasing cross-campus interactions of faculty or students, and/or
    • resulting in short- or long-term cost savings
  • Qualifications of the proposers
  • Likely success of proposed initiative

It is anticipated that cooperative funding awards will be announced on or about May 1, 2017. Groups that receive funding for a proposed initiative will be required to submit an annual report to the LVAIC Chief Academic Officers. Annual reports will include a description of the activities completed, assessment results, and a financial report.

Questions concerning these cooperative proposals should be addressed to: Diane Dimitroff, Executive Director of LVAIC, at dimitroffd@lvaic.org   Additional information regarding the proposal process, as well as examples of programs funded in the past, may be found on the funded program page.

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