Funding to i) support the staff time required for in-house data clean-up, linkages, and analysis, and other project related activities (e.g., REB applications) and ii) the creation of data linkages by Statistics Canada.
Learning Forums: Institutions selected will participate in 2 to 3 meetings to share approaches, learning, and recommendations.
Potential Data Linkage Types
College Graduate Satisfaction Survey/PSIS Linkage. This strategy would support Ontario colleges that wish to link graduate survey data (2013–2019) and other related administrative student data (e.g., demographics, GPA, etc.) to the Statistics Canada’s Postsecondary Student Information Systems (PSIS) dataset. Such linkages can be used to perform analysis of college graduates’ long-term educational and labour market trajectories.
- NSSE/PSIS Linkage. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is commonly used across the university sector to evaluate students’ first-year experiences and outcomes. Through this pilot, ONCAT will support a group of Ontario institutions that participate in the NSSE to link their NSSE data to Statistics Canada’s Postsecondary Student Information Systems (PSIS). Such data could be used to explore the impact of student engagement on transfer.
the linkage of NSSE and PSIS datasets,
analysis of the linked data within the Statistics Canada Research Data Centres (RDCs), and
the production of institution-specific reports for each of the pilot participants.
Other custom linkages between administrative records held at Ontario PSEs and datasets in Statistics Canada’s ELMLP that could be used for transfer-related research.
How to Apply
Deadline for applications: February 1, 2021
Please submit a brief expression of interest through our online portal: www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=oncat
Reports and Check-ins
ONCAT is committed to learning with its partners and values open and ongoing communication. If you are successful in receiving a grant, the following check-ins and reporting are required:
- An interim update and financial report.
- Check-ins on the project as needed (via email and/or in person).
- A final report and detailed financial statement.
- Presentations (if needed) during knowledge mobilization events.
ONCAT Project Budget Guidelines
Please refer to the following guidelines when developing your budget.
- Includes salaries, honoraria, and stipends, specified by rate and time.
- In cases where a faculty member’s time on the project will affect workload, and/or a teaching release is required to provide backfill for the faculty member or academic administrator involved in this project, ONCAT will fund the hiring of a part-time instructor at the college/university/Indigenous institute at the institution’s per semester rate. Please be clear in the workplan and ‘core team’ sections of your application of the anticipated time commitment of each person, especially where support for backfill is being requested.
- Senior academic administration (decanal or above) and full-time administration with responsibilities including academic partnerships, program development, and/or transfer credit should be considered in-kind contributions.
- Includes direct costs for materials and supplies related to this project.
- ONCAT will not pay for permanent fixtures (for example: laptops, computers, permanent software purchases, and so forth). ONCAT will pay for costs specifically and solely related to the project, such as temporary software licenses (i.e., fluid survey).
Travel and Accommodation
- If applicable, this includes any travel and accommodations necessary to conducting project activities. Please be clear in the workplan where travel is needed and include in the budget a breakdown of number of trips and duration. Use of teleconferencing or other cost-effective means to reduce travel-related costs are highly encouraged.
- For travel-related expenses, ONCAT abides by the Government of Ontario Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive. Please see the following link: https://dr6j45jk9xcmk.cloudfront.net/documents/5019/ontario-travel-directive-effective-january-1.pdf
- This is generally calculated at no more than 20% of the request for funding to ONCAT and is intended to cover activities such as overall project administration by the project lead institution, use of space and resources, and so forth.
- ONCAT will not duplicate any funding received from the Credit Transfer Innovation Grant. If you have sought and received funding through the CTIG for this project or any positions requested for funding, this project will be deemed ineligible for funding. Please note: ONCAT may request revisions to project budgets subject to CTIG funding decisions.
- ONCAT will not cover expenses related to academic program or transfer pathway delivery.
- For applications that include an online component, the online development will not be eligible for ONCAT funding and will be at the expense of the institution(s). Please refer to eCampusOntario for possible support.
- ONCAT will not cover expenses not directly and clearly related to the project activities and goals as outlined in the application and workplan.