Q: Please clarify who is qualified to serve as an evaluator. RFP states they must be "external". Does that mean external to the institution or can they be someone within the institution but external to the department?

A:The Compact requires incentive grant applicants to incorporate an external evaluation as part of the restructuring/redesign process. External means external to the department involved in the restructuring efforts so that objective feedback by a credible and independent third party evaluator can be used to identify issues to be addressed and make needed improvements and refinements throughout the restructuring effort. The Compact suggests budgeting 10-12% of the award amount to support the external evaluation.


Q: How can I gain access to previous grants awarded for priority one?

A:The list of grantees is provided on the Ohio Deans Compact website. Please go to http://www.ohiodeanscompact.org/ and go to the purple box titled Our Work. Click on Incentivizing Innovative Practices to access dual licensure model incentive grant contact information, and on Developing Partnerships to access simultaneous renewal incentive grant contact information.


Q: Is there a link or other way to get more information about the specific programs referenced in the RFA such as a description of the Broadening Horizons program or the LETRS PD program? Thank you!

A: Yes. We suggest you contact Dr. Doug Sturgeon, PI and/or Dr. Nanetta Fults, Co-PI, of the Broadening Horizons program at: dsturgeon@shawnee.edu.


Q: We would like to understand whether it is an absolute requirement under priorities 2 B and C that a proposal would have to include dual licensure?

A: Proposals submitted in response to Priority 2B or 2C would not need to include the development of a dual licensure teacher preparation program. However, they should describe activities that would support such development (e.g., preparing for the development of more inclusive teacher preparation leading to dual licensure in a general education content area and in an intervention specialist licensure area) and/or support the implementation of more inclusive teacher preparation programs leading to dual licensure.


Q: Can funds be used for teachers to engage in professional development/grad courses?

A: Funds could possibly be used to support teachers in PD/coursework if such an activity supports the overall intent of a proposed project that meets the requirements under a Priority 2 focus area.


Q: We are working on our grant application. We have created a table for our implementation plan and noticed that this can be included in Appendix A. Is there any need for us to convert the table to a narrative?

A: Rather than repeating all information in the table, I suggest referencing relevant content from the table in your proposal narrative.