Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education - Comprehensive Program

Current Section
 Office of Postsecondary Education Home
FY 2001 Abstracts (Page One of Two)
Archived Information

American Council of Teachers of Russian (DC)

Title:  "Russian Language and International Business: Getting the Word Out"

This project will broaden the user base for the Internet-based Business Russian Language Modules, developed under a previous grant from FIPSE. The project will: 1) bring the materials to a greater number of schools, universities, and users; 2) educate faculty to use both the technology and materials; 3) train faculty to use newly developed instructional design tools; and 4) develop a sustainability plan for Business Russian.

Total Funding: 3 years, $508,441

Contact: Maria Lekic, American Council of Teachers of Russian, Washington, DC 20036; 202-833-7522;

American Physical Society (MD)

Title:  "Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC)"

Joins the three major physics and physics teaching associations, the National Science Foundation, and FIPSE in a comprehensive national effort to stimulate partnerships between physics departments and schools or departments of education, to improve the teaching of physics and physical sciences in all the grades from first to twelfth, and across the country. Research-proven pedagogical methods involving inquiry-based, hands-on learning will be emphasized and disseminated.

Total Funding: 3 years, $498,456

Contact: Frederick Stein, American Physical Society, College Park, MD 20740; 301-209-3263;

Arizona State University (AZ)

Title:  "Arizona Intertribal and Postsecondary Institutional Networking: A Model for American Indian Higher Education"

Develops a Native American-led initiative to guide the inclusive and participatory development of a statewide policy that will integrate academic experience with tribal realities. The purpose of the project is to increase Native American student postsecondary success while facilitating community research and development capacity. The Arizona Tri-University for Indian Education, a university-based consortium, will partner with two tribal colleges and a community based organization, the Education Working Group of the Intertribal Council of Arizona, to develop and implement a curriculum model that integrates tribal culture with academic majors.

Total Funding: 3 years, $263,750

Contact: Octaviana Trujillo, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1311; 480-965-6292;

Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)

Title:  "Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy"

Integrates into the academic major a more complex understanding of global issues and civic engagement. Objectives include: generating new knowledge about global studies and its application in the curriculum; developing greater civic responsibility and social responsibility as students acquire a deeper awareness of the global interdependencies; promoting deeper understanding and practice of democracy; and cultivating intercultural competencies that enhance students' abilities to interpret cultures and traverse borders more adeptly and respectfully. Sixty faculty from ten institutions are participating.

Total Funding: 3 years, $609,497

Contact:  Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC 20009; 202-387-3760;

Baylor College of Medicine (TX)

Title:  "Implementation, Dissemination, and Evaluation of Team Learning in Medical Education"

Implements, disseminates, and evaluates a "team learning" pedagogical strategy for medical education that has already been tested extensively at Baylor. Similar to "collaborative learning" techniques in wide use in business, mathematics, and science education, this new approach to medical education will be further refined and implemented at Baylor, and simultaneously tested at four additional partnering medical schools. The objective of the project is systemic transformation of the education of all students throughout the five institutions from a traditional lecture model to a team learning format.

Total Funding: 3years, $498,384

Contact: Boyd F. Richards, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030-3498; 713-798-7760;

The Boyer Center at Messiah College (PA)

Title:  "An Innovative Assessment of Student Learning in Academic and Student Affairs"

Assesses 18 college partnerships between academic and student affairs offices and programs to determine the influence of these partnerships on student learning outcomes and to develop a clearinghouse of best practices and a handbook. The project will develop methods and instruments that can be used at many institutions.

Total Funding: 3 years, $410,855

Contact: Donald B. Kraybill, Boyer Center at Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027; 717-796-5235;

Brandeis University (MA)

Title:  "New Internet Exhibits to Bridge Science and Art, and Increase Cultural Literacy"

Creates four new Internet exhibits linking art with the sciences. The project increases cultural literacy by teaching courses that use highly visual teaching materials linking art with chemistry, physics, medicine, and the brain.

Total Funding: 3 years, $597,404

Contact: Michael Henchman, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110; 781-736-2558;

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CA)

Title:  "Recruiting and Retaining Under-represented Students for Polytechnic Programs in the Post-Affirmative Action Age"

Develops a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy that targets student populations characterized by academic intention, socioeconomic and regional criteria rather than race or ethnicity. The program relies on a new admissions formula and well-developed K-12 partnerships.

Total Funding: 3 years, $294,278

Contact: Harold Hellenbrand, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407; 805-756-2706;

Central Michigan University (MI)

Title:  "A Campus Outreach to Its Invisible Faculty"

Develops a systematic process for assessment, development, and mentoring of over 600 off-campus faculty, through: 1) a multisource faculty assessment battery able to measure faculty performance from a variety of perspectives; 2) a faculty-focused knowledge management portal on the university's intranet; and 3) a national network of faculty mentors.

Total Funding: 3 years, $419,006

Contact:  Lana Ivanitskaya, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859; 517-774-2534;

City College of San Francisco (CA)

Title:  "Reaching Into the Future: Establishing the National Articulation and Transfer Network"

Develops a National Articulation and Transfer Network (NATN) in support of at-risk students from urban high schools and community colleges, enabling them to transfer 60 credits towards the bachelors degree to any participating historically or predominantly Black college or university, Hispanic-Serving Institution, or Tribal College. The NATN initiative will integrate articulation and transfer agreements with online pre-enrollment information, student records, registration, student orientation, academic counseling and advising, housing and financial aid services.

Total Funding: 3 years, $865,080

Contact: Ann Zinn, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; 415-239-3304;

City Colleges of Chicago (IL)

Title:  "Scaling Up Chicago's K-16 Partnership: A Comprehensive View of Articulation"

Improves educational prospects for students at risk in large urban school districts by focusing on the deliberate articulation of standards, assessments, and curriculum among all sectors of the K-16 educational continuum. Teachers, community college faculty, and university faculty will work in disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams to rethink curriculum organization and content, and to coordinate the project with existing reform initiatives in K-12 schools and postsecondary settings. This is a collaboration of nine universities, seven community colleges, and 20 public schools.

Total Funding: 3 years, $664,412

Contact: Deidra J. Lewis, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60605; 312-553-2759;

College of the Atlantic (ME)

Title:  "A River Runs Through It: A College-Community Watershed Curriculum for Regional Planning"

Develops a new area of concentration within the human ecology curriculum focused on a watershed-based approach to regional planning. Faculty will collaborate with watershed stakeholders in designing ten new courses, teaching, and conducting local research projects. Faculty, staff, and students will also conduct training and workshops for the local community, using geographic information systems to support participatory watershed planning

Total Funding: 3 years, $362,552

Contact: Fran Day, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME 04609; 207-288-5015;

Council on Occupational Education (GA)

Title:  "The COE/State Leadership Consortium Project: Developing a Model for Common Set of Benchmarks and a Common Report Card for Postsecondary Workforce Education Agencies and Institutions"

Works with postsecondary education workforce agencies in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee to develop a set of common benchmarks and a common report card by which comparisons can be made on learner and institutional performance data on six indicators. The indicators are graduate/completer percentages, placement percentages, licensure examination pass rate percentages, current student satisfaction percentages, graduate/completer satisfaction percentages, and employer satisfaction percentages. Other states having workforce education systems will be invited to participate in testing the experimental report card after it is developed and assessed.

Total Funding: 3 years, $232,320

Contact: William F. Coulton, Council on Occupational Education, Atlanta, GA 30346; 800-917-2081

CUNY College of Staten Island (NY)

Title:  "The College Skills Institute"

Works with the growing number of high school students who fail to graduate in four years. A collaborative of high school teachers, college faculty, and CSI's Discovery Center will develop a special program based partly in their high schools and partly in college that will help these students graduate and be prepared to attend college without need for remediation.

Total Funding: 3 years, $443,649

Contact:  Leonard Ciaccio, CUNY College of Staten Island, NY, NY 10314; 718-982-2325;

CUNY LaGuardia Community College (NY)

Title: "E-Transfer Project"

Uses enhanced electronic portfolios to help community college students in the liberal arts to track credits and sample academic work and, most importantly, prepare applications for transfer to four-year institutions. The project will also create online virtual interest groups (VIGs) in specific disciplines. The VIGs are led by a faculty member and a student mentor from a four-year institution to help retain students in their discipline and keep them focused on completing a four-year degree.

Total Funding: 3 years, $588,483

Contact: Paul Arcario, CUNY LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY 11101; 718-482-5405;

CUNY New York City Technical College (NY)

Title:  "A Comprehensive Cognitive Skills Academy for Associate Degree Freshmen"

Expands a pilot program that addresses low retention and graduation rates of students in two-year college programs through a process of self-regulated learning (SRL). SRL serves as an overall operating system that allows students to organize, evaluate, and generalize the study and academic skills they must acquire.

Total Funding: 3 years, $477,317

Contact: Prof. John Hudesman, New York City Technical College, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-260-5686;

DePaul University (IL)

Title:  "Bringing It Home: Linking Foreign and Domestic Study Through Language Immersion and Service Learning"

Develops a service learning program that will improve Spanish language acquisition and cross-cultural understanding through short-term study abroad and domestic internships and home-stays. These features will be incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum. The project will support an intensive faculty development effort, training workshops for student mentors, and an assessment strategy that will employ a test of language proficiency.

Total Funding: 3 years, $232,701

Contact: Laurie Worrall, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614; 773-325-7458;

Elon University (NC)

Title:  "The Elon Enterprise Academy: Lack of Integration - A Major Issue in Undergraduate Business Education Today"

Creates an interdisciplinary, apprenticeship approach through the Elon Enterprise Academy (EEA) to better integrate undergraduate business education with real-world business practices. The EEA will develop structured "learning/teaching enterprises" mostly for business majors, but also for leisure management/sports and music students, to enhance classroom learning by creating and marketing commercial products and services. Students can choose from four business enterprises/companies, each charged with real product development (CDs, publications) and services (events, talent agency). Each enterprise will be complemented by a series of team-taught Development Seminars on business organizational topics such as industrial marketing, operations management, leadership, and negotiations, providing students with just-in-time training. Governance structures, a culminating "big event," and a national conference are other unique features.

Total Funding: 3 years, $385,324

Contact: R. Barth Strempek, Elon University, Elon, NC 27244; 336-278-5934;

Emporia State University (KS)

Title:  "The Multicultural/Diversity Outcomes Assessment Dissemination Project"

Assists ten universities in adopting assessment instruments and policies designed to evaluate multicultural/diversity outcomes in teacher education. The project is a dissemination effort that is an outgrowth from a previously funded FIPSE effort that successfully developed and implemented quantitative and qualitative assessments and techniques to evaluate student attitudes, knowledge, and performance skills. The ten universities will develop evaluation/assessment plans to fit their individual program needs through participation in training programs and activities that promote professional community involvement.

Total Funding: 3 years, $439,366

Contact: Anthony Ambrosio, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS 66801; 316-341-5093;

Environmental Literacy Council (DC)

Title:  "A Peer-reviewed Online Lab, Investigation, and Research Archive for Upper-level Introductory Environmental Science"

Develops a full-service online lab and research archive to support secondary and undergraduate level teaching of introductory environmental science courses. This program will provide online mentoring and professional development for first-time teachers who are teaching out of their field as well as experienced educators of environmental science. The program will enable teachers to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills needed to teach advanced environmental science courses.

Total Funding: 3 years, $358,625

Contact: Kathleen B. deBettencourt, Environmental Literacy Council, Washington, DC 20006; 202-296-0390;

Ferris State University (MI)

Title:  "Modeling a Successful Student Retention and Faculty Development Program"

Disseminates the Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) Program, a proven and successful model that improves student pass rates in college. The project will disseminate the SLA program to four partner academic institutions that have documented problems with low course pass rates and retention of their academically at-risk students. SLA is an innovative program that differs from traditional supplemental instructional approaches. Through its use of mandatory attendance of students, a strong faculty development component and the use of trained instructional facilitators, SLA has evolved into a two-tiered learning enhancement system that involves faculty development and academic support of students.

Total Funding: 3 years, $439,742

Contact: John Kowalczyk, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI 49307; 231-591-5947;

Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FL)

Title:  "CREOLE - Creating Online Learning Environments"

Develops Web-based pedagogical tools to design and deliver instruction to facilitate learning and increase retention in both online and face-to-face courses. This joint endeavor includes Virginia Polytechnic Institute in its implementation, along with 35 community colleges and universities as beta testing sites. Marketing will be designed by PBS, Blackboard, and WebCT.

Total Funding: 3 years, $328,331

Contact: Ken Whitten, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, FL 32246; 904-646-2294;

Green River Community College (WA)

Title:  "Project TEACH - Teacher Education Alliance of Colleges and High Schools"

Disseminates a successful preservice teacher education program model to five community colleges and their K-12 and university partners. The program addresses the need for community college involvement in recruiting and training future teachers. The program focuses on community college partnerships with K-12 school systems and universities, and targets the strengthening of teaching math and science in the elementary schools. The program also establishes a Center to coordinate national dissemination efforts as well as collaboration between the program's preservice and inservice components.

Total Funding: 3 years, $499,909

Contact: Stephen Kinholt, Green River Community College, Auburn, WA 98092-3699; 253-833-9111, x4354;

Hampton University (VA)

Title:  "Virginia Tidewater Regional International Project"

Establishes a sustainable, regional network of study abroad facilitators and programs that will increase student participation in international study and internships. The project will target students and faculty as well as international study advisors and minority affairs directors from the twelve member institutions of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium of Higher Education. A special emphasis will be placed on increasing study abroad experiences for students from under-represented groups.

Total Funding: 3 years, $236,710

Contact: April P. Burriss, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668; 757-728-6922; april.burriss@hamptonu.ed

Holyoke Community College (MA)

Title:  "The Learning Clusters Assessment Project"

Revises curricula in the context of student learning outcomes assessment through an interdisciplinary effort. Course groupings will be isolated to synthesize course content across academic divisions and to develop assessment tools in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking. The results of the project will be disseminated to a national audience.

Total Funding: 3 years, $212,800

Contact: Jennifer Luddy, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA 01040; 413-552-2547

Hope College (MI)

Title:  "Building Dissemination Networks: A Next Step in National SME&T Reform"

Builds a network of at least 15 networks (campus-based, geographic, and virtual) to disseminate proven practices in the reform of undergraduate-level science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SME&T). Expanding on Project Kaleidoscope's current dissemination efforts by systematically connecting experts, early adapters, and novice innovators, this project is designed to take a more aggressive and nation-wide approach to campus reform. Outcomes include a network of networks, documentation on successfully building reform networks, and other Web-based resource materials.

Total Funding: 3 years, $244,748

Contact: Jeanne L. Narum, Project Kaleidoscope & Hope College, Washington, DC 20036; 202-232-1300;

Hope College (MI)

Title:  "Auf Geht's!: A New Paradigm in Language Learning"

Transforms college-level language learning by creating and distributing an innovative first-year German course based equally on new media, Internet, and print materials. This project offers an entirely new approach to materials design and production that fully exploits the strengths of all media. Auf Geht's! is a content-based course designed for a communicative language classroom, focusing on developing a cross-cultural understanding of the German language and society.

Total Funding: 3 years, $495,879

Contact: Lee Forester, Hope College, Holland, MI 49423; 616-395-7567;

Indiana University-Bloomington (IN)

Title:  "GET LINKS: Gerontology Education Through Linking into Networking Knowledge Systems"

Develops and disseminates basic and continuing distance education course modules in gerontology and therapeutic practice to facilities where professionals and staff work with older adults. Web-based education modules will be developed and provided within a network of active learning communities. Students can complete certification and/or complete a Minor or Certificate in Gerontology appended to an undergraduate or graduate degree from either Indiana University or its partner, the University of Florida. A learning mentor from each facility will coordinate activities for that learning community site, including individual needs assessment and support services.

Total Funding: 3 years, $491,649

Contact: Barbara A. Hawkins, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-7109; (812) 855-3093;

Institute of International Education (NY)

Title:  "RAMP + 5: An Extended Evaluation"

Conducts an extended evaluation of the North American Regional Mobility Program (RAMP), a FIPSE-funded consortium of 54 universities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. FIPSE funding for this program ended five years ago. The proposed evaluation will focus on the impact of the program on students' career choices and outcomes and the feasibility of the larger consortial model as an option for future initiatives in international exchange. The results of this project will help inform policy-makers and sponsors in higher education, corporations, and governments as they make decisions about student mobility exchanges in North America.

Total Funding: 2 years, $74,656

Contact: Peggy Blumenthal, Institute of International Education, New York, NY 10017; 212-984-5331;

James Madison University (VA)

Title:  "Creating a Computer-based Assessment Package for Use in Higher Education Assessment"

Addresses a major obstacle to the use of computer-based tests in higher education assessment is the unavailability of suitable assessment software. This project will alleviate this problem by developing a useful software package, evaluating it through pilot testing at five partnering colleges and universities, and disseminating free copies of the software to interested institutions.

Total Funding: 3 years, $300,711

Contact: Steven L. Wise, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807; 540-568-6706;

Kansas City Public Television, Channel 19 (MO)

Title:  "KC REACHE: A Brick and Click Model for Shared Student Services"

Develops, implements, and tests a hybrid "virtual and on-ground branch campus" model so that distance learning students in all of the nine institutions of the Kansas City Consortium for Higher Education (KC REACHE) will have access to various support services of all the institutions on the Web and on site. The branch campus model is intended to enhance convenience and provide a stronger sense of "belonging" for students who are strictly in the distance learning program. In addition to library support and administrative services, this project will offer student mentors and tutors by discipline across all institutions.

Total Funding: 3 years, $577,957

Contact:  Dave Cassiday, Kansas City Public Television, Kansas City, MO 64108; 816-756-3580;

Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Title:  "Preparing Future Community College Faculty"

Develops a model nine-credit graduate certificate program in community college teaching and learning to prepare skilled learning-centered faculty for employment in the City Colleges of Chicago, the second largest community college system in the US. Program innovations include a unique focus on preparing faculty for community college teaching, portfolio assessment to document performance and development, master community college teachers serving as mentors, and the creation of a learning community of participants, mentors, and instructors.

Total Funding: 3 years, $330,455

Contact: Jennifer Grant Haworth, Loyola University Chicago, Wilmette, IL 60099; 847-853-3307;

Marquette University (WI)

Title:  "Dental Education Reform: the MUSoD Foundation Curriculum"

Dental education in the United States is heavily technique-driven with the result that graduates do not have sufficient critical thinking and problem solving skills and are not prepared to access technology-based education and training critical to lifelong learning and professional growth. This project develops and implements a new curriculum including integration of basic science in four-year science tracks, case-based teaching, and application of knowledge in community-based settings.

Total Funding: 3 years, $404,526

Contact: Joseph Best, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881;414-288-7155;


Print this page Printable view Bookmark  and Share
Last Modified: 03/13/2008