PVCC Educational Foundation awards $63,250 in faculty and staff grants

At its March meeting, the PVCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors approved $63,250 to support the PVCC Educational Foundation’s Faculty Staff Teaching and Learning Grants Program. The Board awarded 15 grants to faculty and staff to fund initiatives that will be completed over the next calendar year.

The Teaching and Learning Grants Program was started in 1993 to help faculty and staff identify opportunities for creating a new or improving an existing college program or service.  In the last five years, the Foundation has allocated more than $250,000 to support teaching and learning grants. An RFP was sent to all employees in December inviting proposals for consideration of funding as part of the 2018 grant cycle. The RFP sought proposals with a focus on PVCC’s institutional priority of “Enabling Student Success,” as noted in the 2015 Strategic Plan.

Applicants were encouraged to submit innovative grant proposals intended to provide improvements that impact students in the following strategic areas:

  • Improving retention and completion rates in courses with high failure and/or high withdrawal rates
  • Assessment of the student core learning experience through student learning outcomes
  • Mentoring and engaging with adjunct faculty
  • Creating value-added opportunities for students i.e. honors, study abroad, and learning communities, etc.
  • Reducing the cost of textbooks and other materials for students
  • Increasing student engagement with academic support services, career services, and other student supports
  • Enhancing teaching, learning, and engagement of students in the classroom
  • Providing interventions at scale for at-risk students
  • Decreasing student attrition through improved advising, financial aid, course scheduling, or other supports

“We are extremely grateful to the many donors who make it possible for the Foundation to support faculty and staff through this program,” said Harry Stillerman, PVCC vice president for institutional advancement and development. “We look forward to seeing the immediate and meaningful impact this year’s grants will make for our students and campus community."