Over a two-year period, a total of four CCIE Institutional Grants will be competitively awarded to assist colleges overcome institutional barriers by better planning and implementing international education programs. For additional information, please contact Rosalind Raby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, two institutional grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to a CCIE member college that is current with their dues.
The key elements to increasing international education at our colleges are the availability of programs and the building of a cohort of leadership. Hence, the purpose of these grants is to provide start-up funding for institutions wanting to either create a new international program or augment an existing international program. In the process, we will develop a new cohort of CCIE international education mentors.
The key goal of the institutional grants is to help demonstrate internationalization across campus and/or curriculum. All international educational programs are allowed under the guidelines of the CCIE Institutional Grant. These include, but are not limited to:
- international student programs
- education/study abroad programs
- internationalizing curriculum programs
- international development programs
- institutionalization programs
The key element of these grants is institutionalization of international education. Proposals that address multiple aspects of international education throughout the campus have preference.
All CCIE member colleges that are current with their dues will be eligible for institutional grants provided they adhere to guidelines established by the grant that indicate post-grant institutionalization of grant programs. Each college applicant will need to demonstrate the following:
- Mandatory letter of support signed by each of the following: CEO, CIO and Faculty Senate President. The reason for this letter is to ensure that all college stakeholders support the international education initiative. This letter will indicate the willingness of the college to ensure continuation of the developed or enhanced program when grant funds end.
- Demonstration of an existing campus-based international education committee and/or plans for the creation of such a committee. This committee becomes essential in helping to guide the creation and implementation of new programs and becomes a visible component for institutionalization.
- Agreement to adhere to the standards of the field including health, safety and legal issues related to community college international education.
- Agreement to participate in the CCIE mentor cohort.
- Description of how the applicants will spend the grant monies.
A CCIE Institutional Grant Selection Committee will be appointed by the President of CCIE and submitted to the CCIE Board of Directors for approval. This Committee will review, rank and then award the Institutional Grants. The criteria for selection will include the following:
- satisfaction of the application components;
- ability to participate in the program;
- demonstrated college support and enthusiasm to endorse international education to the college academic environment and;
- foundation for institutional on-going financial and logistical support
Each community college has its own unique needs that vary with size, location, and student compositions. As such, each college will want to utilize their Institutional Grant in different ways. However, in order to sustain accountability, there are four categories in which the monies can be spent:
- Stipends/Contracts. Included in this category is hourly salary to a) hire new staff; b) provide release time or re-assigned time for existing faculty/staff; c) professional expert pay; or d) faculty/staff developmental grants.
- Production costs. This includes any costs affiliated with overseeing a particular project. Costs can include foundational research, site visits, professional development, etc.
- Marketing costs. For many community college students, not having the information is the biggest barrier to participation. Funding in this category can be used towards: a) purchasing big sandwich boards placed in strategic places; b) professional looking posters and/or banners that would be placed around campus to augment placing ads in schedules of classes; c) postage for regular mailings; and d) other forms of marketing.
- Material costs to support an office. The single most important criteria to a successful international education is having a visible office that is appropriately staffed. The Institutional grants will help provide funding to make this a reality. Some of the items where funding in this category could be used include funding for clerical and/or student help or for office supplies such as folders, or other materials of need.
Continual assessment will include on-going communication between the CCIE Director, Rosalind Raby, and the award designees will help to define project accountability, feasibility and measurability. The communication will also allow for detecting programs and/or discrepancies that may arise and thereby allow them to be corrected in a timely manner. Program monitoring will include:
- Bi-Annual reports from college grant recipients to assess the extent to which programs are being development and/or revised. These reports will help maintain quality control over the project. Each report will be about one page and should document the progress of the development of the program. Each report should also specify how much and for what specific purposes the monies have been spent.
- Monthly e-mails between grant recipients to allow for the sharing of best practices. These e-mails will form the foundation of the CCIE cohort mentor. In the 2nd year of the program, the 1st year mentors will help mentor new members.
- In-person meetings where grant recipients will be invited guest speakers.