The Institutional Programs Development Division (IPDD) is a component of the OPE Institutional Service (IS) program office. IPDD provides funding in a number of areas to postsecondary institutions, and serves data analysis, IT support and program improvement functions for IS divisions and OPE-wide.
The Institutional Programs Development Division manages the following programs and initiatives:
- Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow - Baccalaureate Degree Programs (TCT-B)
- Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow - Master's Degree Programs (TCT-M)
- Demonstration Projects to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive a Quality Higher Education (Disabilities)
- Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID)
- Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Coordinating Center (TPSID-CC)
- Endowment Challenge Grants and Endowment Activities. The Department supported the Endowment Challenge Grants program (ECG) through the mid-90s, and then converted the program to funded endowment activities (EA) as a component of other Institutional Service (IS) grant programs1. ECG and EA funds must be retained and reported by grantees for 20 years from the date endowments are created; IPDD staff manage these activities in collaboration with IS program staff.
Other Initiatives: Data Collection and Reporting
- Institutional Service Annual Performance Reports (APRs). IPDD staff oversee annual data collection for over a dozen programs and nearly 1,000 open grants through a Web-based system.
Other Initiatives: Information Technology, Analysis, Data Development Support
- Information technology and systems support. IPDD staff serve as subject-matter experts and liaison for various IT-related activities. During FY 2014 and FY 2015, these include: liaison with the Office of the Chief Information Officer's (OCIO’s) g5 functional team and system usability testing; implementation of SharePoint workflows for key Higher Education Programs (HEP) and Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) management activities such as control mail, grant slate management, Federal Register notices, and others; and a contract activity to test the feasibility of shared functionalities in grant data collection and management.
- Implementation of an eligibility database. A final pilot trial of a matrix determining eligibility for all Title IV-eligible postsecondary institutions on the basis of existing data will be conducted in early FY 2015, following initial tests in FY 2014. A successful effort can lead to the elimination of preliminary eligibility applications for many or most IS applicants.
Shedita Alston: Disabilities, TPSID, TPSID-CC; 202-453-7090; firstname.lastname@example.org
Freddie Cross: Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow Program; 202-453-7224; email@example.com
Chris McCormick: Endowment Activities, IT Liaison; 202-453-7640; firstname.lastname@example.org
1 The programs that currently support endowment grant activities are: Strengthening Institutions Program (84.031A); Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) (both under 84.031B); Historically Black Colleges and Universities Master’s Degree Programs (HBCU-MA, 84.382G); Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI, 84.031S); Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI, 84.031P); Predominantly Black Institutions Master’s Degree Programs (PBI-MA, 84.382D); and American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCU, 84.031T).