Attention Public Colleges and Universities: Upcoming RFP for STEM Programs
Salem, OR | The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is pleased to share an upcoming opportunity. The 2015 Oregon Legislature provided start-up funding of $2 million to recruit, retain and support under served students for programs offered at community colleges and public universities that lead to high wage and high demand jobs related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), specifically: health sciences, computer science, engineering, high tech manufacturing, precision agriculture and advance food processing.
The HECC is developing a request for proposal (RFP) which will be issued in January 2016. The RFP scope will include a focus on students of color and women, with an ultimate goal of increased participation and degree/certificate completion in STEM fields. Investments will be made available to expand existing projects or to stand up new programs which show promise and utilize established best practices. These competitive grants will be available to Oregon’s 17 community colleges, seven public universities, and the Oregon Health & Sciences University; the grants will range in size from $150,00 -$350,000.
The required RFP information may include, but is not limited to:
- Extending existing or scaling up new institutional efforts and partnerships with educational or local community organizations in support of the RFP objectives.
- Demonstrated institutional support for the program and achieving equity in access and completion.
Incorporation of best practices and proven initiatives such as:
- Utilizes established best practices such as feeder/bridging programs, peer mentoring, etc.
- Directed efforts at increases enrollment for targeted STEM students.
- Directed efforts at increases persistence, retention, transfer and completion.
- Long-term sustainability components.
- Direct linkages to the workforce which effectively leads to high-wage and high demand jobs.
Reporting may include: short, medium and long-term transition, retention and completion measurements; along with tutoring/advising supports, undergraduate and industry connections. Below are two resources to consider in development of applications:
- Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
- Revitalizing the Nations Talent Pool in STEM: Urban Institute
Applications may be submitted by individual institutions or consortia of institutions in joint projects. Please watch for the RFP release in early January with an anticipated 6-7 week response period; please sign up for HECC’s distribution list here or contact info.HECC@state.or.us for further information.
The HECC is dedicated to fostering and sustaining the best, most rewarding pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond high school. For more information, go to www.Oregon.gov/HigherEd