In an effort to realign the iFund with school/college instructional initiatives, iFund proposals will not be accepted for the upcoming 2017-18 cycle. School/College leadership will be consulted to discuss how the iFund can be used most effectively by University faculty. We anticipate relaunching the iFund for the 2018-19 academic year with more intentionality, oversight, and a focus on specific school/college instructional initiatives.
The Innovative Program Development Fund (the “Fund”) provides financial support (up to $20,000) to encourage faculty and departments to design, develop, and deliver new courses and programs for delivery during Summer Sessions or Winterlude, with little to no financial risk to their home school/college or other University department. The iFund is only repaid when significant tuition income is retained by the school/college after course or program delivery. The iFund seeks repayment when courses and programs are financially successful in an effort to support future iFund applications.
• Application deadline – December 5, 2016
• Announcement of awards – December 22, 2016
The Innovative Program Development Fund is intended to:
1. Promote creativity and experimentation in the development of summer credit and noncredit courses and programs and Winterlude online credit courses.
2. Encourage innovative delivery of new and existing courses. This includes the conversion of existing face-to-face courses to online or hybrid format courses.
3. Attract new students and/or new populations of students to summer and winter sessions.
4. Better serve the needs of our community and various constituencies.
5. Involve faculty in increasing summer and winter enrollments and revenues.
1. Have a budget projecting financial sustainability (covering cost of delivery) through student tuition income/participant fees.
2. Be submitted by December 5, 2016 with required department chair and dean signatures. (Courses and programs which involve more than one school/college must have signatures from all associated department chairs and deans.)
3. Repay the initial Fund amount awarded only in the event significant net income is generated after the first or second year offered. (Courses and programs that do not generate significant net income after the second year offered are not required to repay the Fund. It is expected that courses be offered two consecutive years.)
Use of Funds:
1. Funds should support the development of innovative course and program offerings, beginning in Summer 2017 or 2018 and Winter 2017-2018 or 2018-2019.
2. Funds should primarily be used to compensate faculty for the design and development of the course or program during the months preceding course delivery (and beyond their academic year load).
3. Adjunct faculty are eligible as long as the associated academic department chair or a designated regular faculty department representative is involved in course planning, supervision, and evaluation.
4. Funds may support reasonable development and delivery costs for staff or faculty support related to the course, including: faculty-in-residence, hourly support staff, student workers, or graduate assistants, etc.
5. Funds may also be requested for costs related to additional facilities, technologies, or supplies required for course success.
6. Funds may also be budgeted for compensation for instructional delivery of the course. Note: Student tuition income (or participant fees) should be the primary source of instructional compensation.
7. Interdepartmental and/or community collaboration will be viewed favorably.
8. Funding does NOT cover: regular full-time faculty salaries, athletic, band, youth and sport camps, existing externally funded projects, faculty travel (except as part of class trips, etc.), student tuition, scholarships, or excursions to social events or other non-academic events that are not integral in the course curriculum or program structure.
Budgeting: Development vs. Delivery
Outlining the budget into two components, according to development and delivery, is necessary on the application as it has implications to your school/college in the event the application is approved and your school/college receives funding.
- DEVELOPMENT Expenses are monies necessary in the months prior to course delivery for the creation (or conversion) of the course. These monies are most often used to compensate faculty for curriculum development and expenses related to curriculum development (online course content development, use of consultants, training, research, purchase of necessary supplies, etc.). Development expenses also include monies spent on promotion and marketing. These expenses may include: design, production, and distribution of promotional material, advertising in trade journals or publications, etc. The primary intention of the Fund is to cover these development expenses in full, thereby alleviating the school/college of financial liability in the event the course is cancelled due to low enrollment or if the course runs but does not generate significant net revenue to the school/college.
- When the Fund provides Development Expenses only: The school/college will not incur a loss of revenue in the event a Funded course is cancelled.
- DELIVERY Expenses are the instructional costs and other costs related to the actual delivery of the course. These expenses are largely faculty/instructor compensation for teaching the course and may also include: honoraria for guest lecturers, course field trip expenses (summer only), any required facility or equipment rentals, supplies purchased for students, and other expenses that occur only when the course is delivered. As is the case of all summer and winter courses, student tuition income is the primary source covering delivery expenses. In the event of course cancellation, there would be no student tuition income and these expenses would then not be distributed to the faculty/instructor, etc.
- When the Fund provides both Development and Delivery Expenses: In addition to funding the course/program development, the Fund will have provided “delivery” monies that will require repayment in the event the course is cancelled. Specifically, if the fund pays for instruction that does not occur, the school/college would be required to repay the instructional moneys. In this case, the school/college is incurring a loss of revenue (and possibly in a different fiscal year).
(Speak with your budget director about this prior to completing the budget sections of the application.) Faculty or budget directors should call Chris Cofer, x-1988, with any related questions. For general inquiries, please contact us at 315-443-1095.
1. Funds may be requested for courses launched during Summer 2017 or 2018 and Winter 2017-2018 or 2018-2019.
2. Applicants may request up to a maximum of $20,000* for an individual course, but most courses/programs require less.
3. In some cases, the review committee may provide a partial award. This is done after careful consideration of the proposal and accompanying budget.
4. If the proposal meets the cited criteria and is selected, the monies will be transferred via a journal entry at a time agreed upon by both UC and the home school/college.
5. Following this transfer, UC will not monitor the monies nor will it be responsible for the allocation or expenditure of monies to pay related expenses. Faculty will coordinate all related needs with their respective school/college budget director.
6. UC will not be responsible for any expenses in excess of the defined transfer amount.
7. Funding may be spent across two years and, accordingly, the Funds can be split across two annual transfers from UC if desired.
8. It is expected that faculty will make the effort to ensure the course will be able to operate on a self-supporting basis by the second year, produce significant net revenue, and thus be able to repay the Fund.
9. Programs which are unsuccessful or marginally successful after the first year should work with UC for additional course development, marketing, and promotion in preparation for the second year.
*Development funds for online courses are capped at $5,000. Instructional design support will be included for the faculty member. University College will work closely with the faculty member to implement online pedagogies and how to best leverage web 3.0 technologies. Included are 3 course reviews which are conducted by a qualified instructional designer who will identify opportunities for student engagement, ensure student success, and work to alleviate technology challenges for both the student and instructor. (The course review will not examine course content as the faculty member serves as the subject matter expert.)
The first course review is conducted when 10% of the course is built in the learning management system (LMS) with the accompanying course syllabus. The second course review is conducted when 50% of the course content has been built in the LMS. The final review takes place when the entire course has been built in the LMS and at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the course.
Disbursement of payment for online course development will follow a similarly:
- 50% of the fund payment will be disbursed following the 50% course review.
- Final fund payment will be disbursed following the final course review.
Proposals will be evaluated by a review committee based on the following criteria:
1. Likelihood of attracting new students and/or new populations of students, and increasing summer/winter enrollment. (Proposals that seem likely to simply redistribute students currently attending summer or winter are not the priority.)
2. Sustainability and likelihood of future expansion. Proposals for attractive, one-time course offerings are welcome; however, courses/programs with potential for future development will be viewed most favorably.
3. Cost effectiveness with accountability in use of funds.
4. Creative pedagogical strategies.
5. Innovative use of instructional technology and/or scheduling. Proposals for attractive course offerings delivered in a traditional format are welcome. However, proposals with innovative use of technology and/or alternative scheduling are encouraged. Enrollment reports for the past several years indicate stable enrollments for on-campus courses and consistent growth in online courses.
6. Ability to meet identifiable needs of our community.
Some possible ideas for exploration:
1. Nationally ranked faculty/speaker who is a faculty-in-residence for several weeks in the summer. The faculty may teach undergraduate and graduate or continuing education courses.
2. Pairing workshops and courses with local or regional summer events to build ongoing student participation and enrollment (tourism, economic development, arts, etc.). Celebration of regional achievements in the arts, technology, or health and wellness through new courses, workshops, or festivals.
3. New summer minors or attractive summer-focused explorations in “hot” topics.
4. Multigenerational and/or alumni events, with particular attention to credit or non-credit programming and potential sustainability.
5. A multidisciplinary concentrated summer program developed around an area of study, such as sustainability or global cultures. This could combine efforts of several colleges and diverse community resources to provide shared instruction at a specific campus or community location(s). For example, sustainability may include visits to Center of Excellence, or other buildings with a “green” facilities footprint; recycling centers; nanotechnology applications that are impacting the environment.
1. Is this a Loan or a Grant?
Neither. Awarded “Fund” proposals will have one of three outcomes:
a. The Fund IS repaid: if the course generates significant net revenue after being offered two consecutive years. (The Fund may also be repaid after the first year in the event significant net revenue is generated in the first year.)
b. The Fund IS NOT repaid: if the course does not generate significant net revenue after being offered for two consecutive years.
c. Partial repayment occurs: if the Fund included delivery monies that were transferred to the school/college but were subsequently not disbursed to pay faculty/instructor salaries for course delivery, etc., in the event of course cancellation.
2. Are full-time faculty salaries covered by the Fund?
No, the Fund is not intended to replace regular academic year load and therefore cannot be used toward regular faculty salaries. The Fund should be used to compensate faculty for design and development of their course during the months prior to course delivery. This course development is overload, with a fringe rate of 7.65 percent.
3. Does Summer@Syracuse manage the expenditure of Fund monies after they have been transferred to my school/college?
No. University College will transfer the awarded funds to the respective school/college at an agreed upon time and faculty are to work directly with their budget managers regarding the specific expenditure of the Fund monies.
4. What level/type of students are eligible?
There is no specific limit to student/participant audience. Fund proposals should be tailored to specific target audiences based on the course.
5. May I apply for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) in conjunction with my course?
Yes, Funded courses may include CEUs. The approval process takes 4 to 6 weeks following submission of the application. It is recommended you do NOT begin the CEU application until after you have received confirmation regarding your Fund proposal.
6. Are there examples of previously funded courses?
Yes, see examples of successful programs here.
7. Can we meet to discuss what I have in mind?
Yes! Contact Chris Cofer, email@example.com, to schedule a meeting. Prior to the meeting, please provide a brief summary of your proposal idea and any specific questions you have.