Introduction

In an effort to be the leading undergraduate college in Canada and an institution of choice for learners of all ages, Langara College will develop programing and offer credentials to meet the constantly evolving needs of learners, employers, and the international marketplace.

The 2015/16 President’s Innovation Fund will focus on this need as awards will support faculty members through release time to develop new program proposals. Proposals must support at least one of the Priorities identified in the Academic Plan. Ideally, program proposals will also support BC’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

This year, the funds available to be awarded are approximately double what have been available in the past. This additional funding has been allocated by the International Education Advancement Fund specifically to support programming initiatives that respond to international demand and/or reflect the unique needs of international learners.

 

Purpose

The purposes of this year’s President’s Innovation Fund are to support:

  1. The development and implementation of new post-degree diploma and certificate programs
  2. The development and implementation of new applied baccalaureate, associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs, especially those that incorporate new cross-Faculty pathways thereby generating new opportunities for students

 

Proposal Priorities

The priorities for program development support are:

  1. post-degree programs of any length in areas with significant employment opportunities for graduates and demand from international markets;
  2. applied baccalaureate, associate degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas with significant employment opportunities for graduates including demand from international markets; and
  3. programs that provide laddering opportunities between undergraduate programs and/or improve student access to graduate programs.

 

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit a one/two page letter of intent to the Office of Provost and Vice-President, Academics & Studens. Letters of Intent should describe the proposed program and its composition (building upon existing organizational competencies), intended student audience(s), anticipated demand and opportunities for students upon graduation, competing programs of a similar nature within British Columbia, and an initial estimate of costs associated with start-up and on-going implementation.

 

Funding Limitations

Funding is limited. Only very promising and cost effective proposals that are consistent with the College Academic Plan priorities will be supported.  Program proposals should have a high probability of successful implementation.

Awards

A maximum of $105,000 will be allocated. The additional funds available this year have been allocated by the International Education Advancement Fund specifically to support programming initiatives and activities relevant to international students.

 

Review Process

  1. Letters of Intent may be submitted up to Friday, March 6, 2015.
  2. Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Provost and Vice-President Academics & Students, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Dean, Faculty of Science, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Management, and Dean, International Education in consultation with the President.
  3. Authors of Letters of Intent of interest will be invited to submit a full proposal using an electronic template (to be provided). Applicants who are eligible to submit a full proposal will be contacted within one week of the closing date for Letters of Intent.
  4. Final award winners will be announced by the President.

Timeline

Date
February, 2015 Call for Letters of Intent Issued
March 6, 2015 Last day to submit Letters of Intent
March 20, 2015 (or earlier) Letters of Intent of Interest to be contacted
April 30, 2015 (or earlier) Full proposals to be submitted
May 2015 Award recipients announced
December 15, 2015 Completion of program/course package