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Fall 2007: Academic Affairs Call for Proposals

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

The Office of Academic Affairs is now accepting proposals for funding by the University of Alaska statewide office. Proposals for the first round of funding should be submitted electronically and are due to Provost Mike Driscoll by midnight on November 30, 2007. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to provost@uaa.alaska.edu and should be copied to the Dean, Campus Director or Community College President, or Vice Chancellor of the proposer's unit. Please include "UA Academic Affairs Proposal" in the subject line of your e-mail.

The RFP asks that proposed projects support the goals and priorities of the MAU of the proposer. Proposers are thus encouraged to consult UAA's strategic plan, UAA 2017. Click here to reference the UAA strategic plan.

Purpose:

Please consider the opportunity for submission of a proposal for funding by the University of Alaska Statewide office. Projects and activities that will enhance creative and collaborative academic endeavors, academic program quality and the promotion of academic priorities, as defined by MAU's, are being solicited. This solicitation process is open to all faculty and staff currently employed, and in good standing, at the University of Alaska.

Deadlines for Submission to Provost:

Please submit proposals by the following dates: November 30, 2007 or February 15, 2008. Proposals may be considered on either date. However, the committee will not consider the same proposal more than once.

A total of $300,000 is available for distribution. Funds are being provided by the B.P. ConocoPhillips Company. It is our hope to distribute approximately half the funding subsequent to November 30 and the remainder after the February deadline for submissions. Funds not awarded subsequent to this academic year, will be returned to the statewide office.

Process:

Proposals will be considered by the Statewide Academic Council and recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Daniel J. Julius. The MAU's, through the Provost, will determine the process for review prior to submission to the Statewide Academic Council. Proposals must contain the following information:

  1. An abstract containing no more than 250 words. Include relevant contact information and a timeline for utilization of requested funding.
  2. Responses to the criteria listed below should be up to two pages in length.

Criteria:

Criteria the Statewide Academic Council will use to consider proposals submitted are set forth below:

  1. How the proposed project is relevant to the academic mission of the department, the institution, and the purpose stated above.
  2. How the proposed project is aligned with short or long term objectives of the faculty or staff member making the proposal.
  3. How funding will be utilized.
  4. How outcomes will be measured and assessed. In other words, what will be the demonstrable result, and what impact will the project have on faculty, staff and students, once the project is completed. How will these impacts be measured and assessed?

General Criteria for Consideration:

The Statewide Academic Council (SAC) hopes to fund a number of projects that are collaborative across disciplinary areas. To that extent, proposals that involve collaboration are encouraged. The SAC expects to recommend awards of up to $25,000 per project. Funds, if awarded, will be made on a "one time basis." There can be no expectation of additional funding from this source however meritorious the proposal may be. Under unusual circumstances SAC may make exceptions to the above criteria. However, applicants who seek exemption must provide compelling justification to the Provost to be considered. Final determination for funding will be made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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