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Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative

Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of“experimental sites” (ex-sites) that will test certain innovative practices aimed at providing better, faster and more flexible paths to academic and career success."

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Is anyone out there doing this? Tell us how it works, please. "[T]he Experimental Sites Initiatives—or 'experiments,' as they are frequently called—tests the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for participating institutions disbursing Title IV student aid. The Department of Education has waived specific statutory or regulatory requirements at the postsecondary institutions, or consortia of institutions, approved to participate in the experiments. By contrasting the results achieved with the flexibilities with results under current regulations, the Department has data to support changes to regulations and statute. The outcomes of experiments have the potential to benefit all postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.

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Research and Dissertation Grants from AIR

  • Use data from one or more of the national datasets of NCES and NSF. Research topics may cover a wide range of policy- or practice-related issues. For a list of previously funded topics visit the Funded Grants page. Applicants must include the analysis of data from at least one NSF or NCES dataset in the project. See the 2014 NSF/NCES Datasets (PDF) for more information. Additional large-scale, nationally representative datasets may be used in conjunction with the obligatory NSF or NCES dataset. 

  • Address the 2014 NPEC Focus Topic: "Noncredit Instructional Activity at Postsecondary Institutions." A national taxonomy of definitions does not yet exist in the scope of noncredit activity, and a wide variety of educational activities could be encompassed in ...
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Grants are $20,000 for dissertations and $40,000 for research. A wide range of recipients is possible.

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