MapIt Phase 2: Process Improvement Funding

Overview

Through MapIt, ONCAT supports institutions to document transfer processes at their institution to help identify what is working, what needs improvement, and opportunities to improve the transfer experiences and transfer student outcomes. MapIt Phase 2 funding is designed to build on the learning, cross-institutional engagement and recommendations from MapIt to support institutions to implement interventions and process improvement strategies that address some of the issues identified through their process map.

MapIt Phase 2 Project priority areas include:

  • Transfer Policies and Practices projects that address challenges in the transfer process by redesigning existing or implementing new policies and practices that benefit Transfer Students. Projects could focus on improving efficiencies in credit assessment processes and developing more timely assessment processes for students, implementing policies that maximize transfer credits for students, moving towards increased automation of transfer processes, enhancing advising services for both students that are transferring out and transfer into the institution.
  • Credit Assessment and Decision-Making projects that help streamline approval processes for transfer credits including key stakeholders involved (e.g., transfer advisors, faculty, administrators), provide training and tools for subject matter experts leading to consistent and standardized credit assessment processes, and other strategies that engage faculty and subject matter experts in transfer.
  • Improving and Understanding Transfer Student Experience projects that build on transfer student engagement and learning from MapIt in order to understand transfer student experiences and improve transfer student supports at the institution, provide more transparent and accessible information to transfer students, and enhance transfer student services.
  • Transfer Student Data projects that help the institution understand how their students are doing and improve data collection capacity at the Institution. ONCAT has several funding opportunities to help increase institutional capacity related to data reporting and linkages in order to assess transfer student outcomes. This includes DataPilot: Transfer Pathways Uptake and Student Outcomes. Institutions that are interested in developing more capacity to assess and interpret their institutional transfer data are encouraged to participate in the DataPilot. There is also funding available for Data Linkages and DataPilot Phase 2 projects within and between institutions that could supported enhanced data reporting capacity. Please check out these funding opportunities if Transfer Student Data is a priority area that emerged for your institution.  Other transfer student data projects that emerged from MapIt will also be considered.
  • Other projects that address MapIt process improvements will be considered.

Priority will be given to strategies that can lead to significant improvements within the institution’s transfer processes and have the potential to be replicated by other institutions. Collaborative projects between institutions are also strongly encouraged where appropriate to support inter-institutional and system-level projects.

Eligibility

  • Colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes that have completed MapIt are eligible to apply.
  • For institutions that have not participated in MapIt, please join our next cohort. You can also explore other seamless transfer funding opportunities.

Funding

  • Projects will generally range from $25,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope of work and institutional impact. Larger requests will be considered based on the size, scope, and number of institutions involved in the project.
  • Institutions can apply for more than one project.
  • Collaborative projects that involve multiple institutions are eligible.

Deliverables

  • Final Report that includes key approaches and impacts.
  • Follow-up check-in and brief evaluation report generally 6-12 months after the final report is submitted to assess short-term impacts and potential future work.
  • Participate in shared learning sessions with other MapIt institutions.
  • Present approaches, recommendations and learning to other MapIt institutional partners.

How to Apply

  • MapIt Phase 2 proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please reach out to discuss project ideas and next steps from your MapIt project.
  • To apply for funding, submit your proposal through ONCAT’s online application portal: www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=oncat
  • For additional information, please reach out to Carolyn Poplak, Manager, Sector Engagement, at cpoplak@oncat.ca or 647 907 4889.