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UC Leads Awards for Ohio Technology Initiative

Date: June 3, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati received the highest awards from two Ohio technology initiatives. UC's combined awards from the Ohio Learning Network (OLN) total $596,050 to date, with $75,000 in additional funding possible by mid-August. The awards come from OLN's Emerging Needs grants and from OLN's Learning Communities grants.

The Ohio Learning Network, under the Ohio Board of Regents, supports technology to promote learning.

OLN awarded UC the highest amount, $512,050 out of a total of $2 million in funding, for so-called "Emerging Needs" grants. Awarded to the UC College of Engineering, this grant will be used to create web-based courses to maintain and upgrade skills or even to provide courses towards a master's degree for the "technical workforce" - highly-skilled employees, such as engineers, electronic technicians, and computer specialists. The funding will also be used to develop web-based courses in computer science. Principal investigator Eugene Rutz, director of professional development and distance learning for the UC College of Engineering, says the grant will continue to build on UC-led programs that earned a total of $500,000 from the OLN last year. Click here for more on last year's awards.

UC was awarded initial grants of $3,000 each to create three learning communities, plus an additional $75,000 for UC to plan a learning institute for five of six of these teams that will be held in January 2003.

Each of the three UC-led learning communities could receive an additional $25,000. The three learning communities are as follows:

  • Student Retention -- A team of faculty and advisors will increase the retention of first-year freshmen and transfer students. National research shows 60 percent of students who drop out of college do so their first year. This project will target first-year freshmen in the College of Business Administration as well as students planning to transfer to the college.

  • Virtual Resource Room -- Think of it as a library you can browse from your computer, with all the information connected to your college courses. The Early Childhood Learning Community (ECLC), UC's national distance learning program that provides a college degree via satellite TV and the Internet, will develop the virtual resource room linked to the ECLC courses, in collaboration with University Libraries.

  • Cooperative Education -- The UC Division of Professional Practice runs this learning community with UC colleges that require student co-ops: the College of Engineering; College of Design, Architecture, Arts and Planning; College of Applied Science; and College of Business Administration. This community will study how students learn when they are on the job.

    The UC proposals under the Learning Communities initiative received more OLN funding than any other Ohio institution except for Kent State, which received an equal number of awards.


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