Grant Details

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Parts A and F

 
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    CFDA#

    84.031A; 84.031F
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

    Summary

    The Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) provides funding to support institutions of higher education to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution's academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability. Funds may be used for a myriad of purposes including: planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds. Administrative management, and the development and improvement of academic programs also are supported. Other projects include joint use of instructional facilities, construction and maintenance, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion, which may include remedial education and English language instruction.

    The Department of Education is conducting two separate competitions (Parts A and F) for SIP grants in 2017. Applicants may apply for grants in both the 84.031A and 84.031F competitions, but can only receive one grant.

    The CFDA number 84.031A competition does not include any priorities. 

    The CFDA number 84.031F competition includes one absolute priority and one optional competitive priority. 
    • Absolute Priority: Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness. Projects that are supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness.
    • Competitive Preference Priority: Projects that provide tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion, which may include remedial education and English language instruction. The Department is interested in receiving applications with strong plans for improving outcomes for students who are academically underprepared for college.Each year, substantial numbers of students enroll in college and are assigned to take developmental education courses. These non-credit bearing courses often introduce an additional barrier to college persistence and completion for college students, particularly at SIP-eligible institutions. Proposed activities should be designed to assist students in progressing into creditbearing courses.
     

    History of Funding

    Previous awards can be viewed on the Department of Education website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3a/awards.html

    Additional Information

    In recent years, SIP competitions have given priority to applicants proposing evidence-based interventions and who commit to conducting rigorous evaluations of those interventions. In responding to the absolute priority, we encourage applicants to not just identify the proposed evidence-based interventions, but also to describe how those interventions will be implemented in a way that will change institutional practices, cultures, and the overall institutional approach to improving results for students.

    To meet the absolute priority of Title III, Part F applicants must identify no more than two studies that underpin the primary practice or strategy they intend to carry out. Cited studies may include both those already listed in the Departments What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Database of Individual Studies (see https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ ReviewedStudies#/OnlyStudiesWithPositive Effects:false,SetNumber:1) and those that have not yet been reviewed by the WWC. Studies listed in the WWC Database of Individual Studies do not necessarily satisfy any or all of the criteria needed to meet the moderate evidence of effectiveness standard. Therefore, it is important that applicants themselves ascertain whether the study or studies for the evidence priority meets the standard for moderate evidence of effectiveness.

    Moderate evidence of effectiveness means one of the two following conditions is met:
    1. There is at least one study of the effectiveness of the process, product, strategy, or practice being proposed that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards without reservations, found a statistically significant favorable impact on a relevant outcome (with no statistically significant and overriding unfavorable impacts on that outcome for relevant populations in the study or in other studies of the intervention reviewed by and reported on by the What Works Clearinghouse), and includes a sample that overlaps with the populations or settings proposed to receive the process, product, strategy, or practice.
    2. There is at least one study of the effectiveness of the process, product, strategy, or practice being proposed that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with reservations, found a statistically significant favorable impact on a relevant outcome (with no statistically significant and overriding unfavorable impacts on that outcome for relevant populations in the study or in other studies of the intervention reviewed by and reported on by the What Works Clearinghouse), includes a sample that overlaps with the populations or settings proposed to receive the process, product, strategy, or practice, and includes a large sample and a multi-site sample. (Note: multiple studies can cumulatively meet the large and multi-site sample requirements as long as each study meets the other requirements in this paragraph.)

    Contacts

    Nalini Lambda-Nieves

    Nalini Lambda-Nieves
    Office of Postsecondary Education
    1990 K Street, N.W., Room 6024 Mail Stop K-OPE-6-6055
    Washington', DC 20006-8513
    (202) 4537953
    (202) 502-7861

    Jymece Seward

    Jymece Seward
    Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue S.W. Room 7E311
    Washington', DC 20202
    (202) 453-6138
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) that meet the following requirements:
    • Be accredited or pre-accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association;
    • Be legally authorized by the State to be a junior college or provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's degree;
    • Have at least 50% of its degree students who receive need-based assistance or a substantial number of enrolled students who receive Pell Grants; and
    • Have low educational and general expenditures
    Designation as an eligible institution is required prior to applying. The application to request designation as an eligible institution is held prior to the program guidance release each year. Additional information on this process, as well as a list of eligible institutions is available at:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues/eligibility.html.

    NOTE: A grantee under the HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) program, which is authorized under title V of the HEA (Higher Education Act), may not receive a grant under any HEA, title III, part A program. The title III, part A programs are: SIP; the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities program; the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions program; the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions program; and the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions program. Furthermore, a current HSI program grantee may not give up its HSI grant to receive a grant under SIP or any title III, Part A program. An eligible HSI that is not a current grantee under the HSI program may apply for a FY 2017 grant under all Title III, part A programs for which it is eligible, as well as receive consideration for a grant under the HSI program. However, a successful applicant may receive only one grant under the HEA.

    Deadline Details

    Institutions must first confirm eligibility prior to applying to this program. The deadline to confirm eligibility for Title III or Title V funding was January 9, 2017. a similar deadline is anticipated each year.

    Provided the applicant institution is eligible (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues/em2016.xls) or applied for a waiver (https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2016-28400), they are then permitted to apply to the SIP program once the window opens.

    Applications for the SIP program are to be submitted by April 17, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated bi-annually.

    Award Details

    The Administration has requested $86,534,000 for awards for the SIP program for FY 2017, of which the Department intends to use an estimated $3,699,000 for Part A of this competition, and $3,699,000 for Par F of this competition. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action.
    • Part A award details: Award size will range from $400,000$450,000 per year. Average award size is $415,000 per year. The number of awards granted will be between 8 and 9. 
    • Part F award details: Up to 7 awards will be granted ranging from $500,000$600,000 per year. Average award size is $550,000 per year. 
    Grant period is up to 60 months (5 years). This program does not require cost sharing or matching unless the grantee uses a portion of its grant for establishing or improving an endowment fund.


     

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