About the Vandal Ideas Project
To tackle today’s greatest challenges, to investigate ideas that matter, to have significant impact on the region, to engage our stakeholders requires multidisciplinary approaches. The Vandal Ideas Project: Engage (VIP) is a competitive university-wide grant program to stimulate bold new ideas that support our strategic plan focus on improving the “go-on” rates in Idaho. VIP especially encourages projects that address issues important to Idaho and the Northwest that also have national and global relevance.
In its inaugural year, VIP awarded $300,000 to five interdisciplinary teams. See the list of 2015 VIP recipients here.
VIP: Engage — Improving Idaho’s Go-On Rate
For the 2016-17 academic term, VIP will award another $300,000 to projects that tackle ways to increase the number of Idaho high school graduates who attend either a four-year or community college, commonly known as a “go-on” rate. Another $100,000 will be available for projects involving UI students. Students may submit their own projects independently or with faculty and staff. Collaborative efforts between students, faculty and staff are encouraged.
Just about 45 percent of high school graduates in Idaho go on to a two- or four-year institution. Go-on rates in the Pacific Northwest are the lowest in the nation. The reasons for this low rate of higher education attendance are varied, and include cultural and financial issues, the rural nature of our state, family hurdles and a weak public school system.
The University of Idaho is a leader in the statewide effort to improve college attendance. UI waived application fees for in-state applicants, increased scholarship offerings, and led the state in the development of the Direct Admit program.
As our state’s land-grant institution, UI has an obligation to make education accessible to Idaho residents. That is why this year’s VIP grants will be awarded to projects that work to increase the number of high school students who go on to college, both at UI and institutions statewide.
Share Your Ideas
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in VIP Mixers to discuss this year’s VIP topic and create interdisciplinary connections. Watch your UI email for invites and RSVP information.
Mixer hosts: College of Education, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Download the PowerPoint Presentation
Connect with the presenters:
- Kathy Canfield Davis, department chair, Coeur d’Alene Center for Higher Education
- David Schloss, director of Student Services, College of Education
- Dean Kahler, vice provost, Strategic Enrollment Management
- Julie Fodor, director, Center on Disabilities and Human Development
- Cassidy Hall, clinical faculty, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
- Raymond Dixon, faculty, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
- James Connors, department head, Agricultural & Extension Education
- Karen Launchbaugh, faculty, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences
- Judith McShane, program coordinator, State 4-H Youth Development
- Jae Ryu, research faculty, Biological Engineering Department
- Scott Clyde, director, TRIO — TRIO teams
3:30-5:30 p.m., Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center
Mixer hosts: College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, UI Library
Connect with the presenters:
- Becoming Brave and Bold: Vandal Bridge Program: Shawna Bertlin, Advising Specialist, and Erin Doty, Enrollment & Advising Coordinator, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
- English and Math Idaho ENACT: Jodie Nicotra, associate professor of English, associate chair, Department of English
- Pre-College Outreach Pilot Project: Mike Satz, executive officer, UI Boise
3:30-5:30 p.m., International Ballroom, Pitman Center
Mixer hosts: College of Engineering, College of Natural Resources
Connect with the presenters:
- Go On, Stay On: KD Dial, Steve Peterson and Michael McCollough, College of Business and Economics
- Food, Energy, Water nexus Design and Research Expo: Bob Borrelli and Kelley Verner, College of Engineering, UI Idaho Falls
- The Confluence Project:Partnering to Provide Transformative Watershed Science with North Idaho High Schools: Jim Ekens, UI Extension, and Gabe Kegley, College of Natural Resources
- Prototyping MindReader: An Automated Assessment of Computer Programming Assignment and Tutoring Toward Distance Learning: Raymond Dixon, College of Education; Cassidy Hall, Doceo Center; and Jamil Hasan, College of Engineering
- Vandals Go! – Interactive Mobile 3-D Campus App for New and Prospective UI Students: Luke Sheneman, Northwest Knowledge Network; Casey Blair, Office of Research & Economic Development; and Gina Wilson, Northwest Knowledge Network
- The Idaho Pitch: George Tanner, College of Business and Economics
- Working with Alumni to Grow Enrollment: Dean Kahler, Strategic Enrollment Management; and Kathy Barnard and Marie Duncan, Office of Alumni Relations
- Creative Journey: Jean-Marc Gauthier and Gregory Turner-Rahman, College of Art and Architecture
- Step 1 MOSS, Step 2 Moscow: Lee Vierling and Greg Fizzell, McCall Outdoor Science School
- Watchout! A New Approach to Fire Training: Dallan Pickard, College of Art and Architecture
3:30-5:30 p.m., Clearwater-Whitewater Rooms, Idaho Commons
Mixer hosts: College of Art and Architecture, College of Business and Economics
- UI Boise – Room 248A
- UI Idaho Falls – TAB350A
- UI Coeur d'Alene — Harbor Center 213
Please RSVP to Ellen McKenzie at 208-885-5423 by Friday, March 31, 2017.
The final VIP Mixer of the year will feature roundtable discussions and an opportunity talk with those who presented pitches or plan to submit a proposal. If you are interested in hosting a roundtable but were unable to make a formal pitch during the other VIP Mixers, please contact Ali Carr-Chellman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of VIP, the University of Idaho is using a collaboration software called Yellowdig to identify and enhance prospective projects. Faculty are encouraged to visit Yellowdig regularly to check out developing projects, provide input and share ideas. Yellowdig is now live and ready for use by the UI community. Click here for instructions on setting up an account. If you already have an account, you can click here to access the 2017 Vandal Ideas Project board.
The 2016-17 VIP awards will fund one-year pilot projects under $75,000. Projects should have an eye toward longer term, sustainable solutions. More modest projects have a higher likelihood of receiving funds.
All faculty, students and staff are eligible to apply. This includes Extension faculty, faculty without a terminal degree, research, library, and clinical faculty, and all staff. A faculty member may participate in or submit only one seed grant proposal. The grant period begins on July 1, 2017, and runs through June 30, 2018. Proposals will be scored by a committee of deans, based on project feasibility, idea novelty, likely impact on go-on rate, sustainability, partnerships with schools or other entities, and budget. The final award decisions will be made by President Chuck Staben and Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek.
Proposals are due Wednesday, April 12, 2017, and are to be submitted to EIPRS.
For more information about applying, contact College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Associate Dean and Extension Director Barbara Petty at 208-885-5883 or email@example.com or College of Education Dean Ali Carr-Chellman at 208-885-6773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.