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 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 toassess 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.
  • 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

Publicly assisted colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes that have completed MapIt are eligible to apply. 

For institutions that have not participated in MapIt, you are encouraged to join our next cohort.

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. Collaborative projects that involve multiple institutions are eligible. 

Application

If you would like to discuss your project before applying, please reach out to Carolyn Poplak, Manager, Sector Engagement, cpoplak@oncat.ca.

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To view the Budget Guidelines, please click here.

 

Submission Requirements

To be considered for funding, proposals must include the following: 

  • Rationale: A description of how the proposal will address issues and opportunities for improvements identified through MapIt. 
  • Evidence of Need: A comprehensive overview of data/evidence that is informing the development of this project. 
  • Action Plan: A clear strategy and timeline for the development and implementation of the project, including any relevant internal approvals. 
  • Knowledge Mobilization Strategies: An explanation of how this model will be shared with others to support replication and uptake. MapIt Phase 2 projects will include presentations of approaches taken and key learnings to other MapIt institutions.
  • Confirmation of Partners (if applicable): Partner institution engagement must be confirmed at the time the proposal is submitted for consideration. Partners must confirm their role in the project and that they have reviewed the application and budget. 
  • Budget: A clear and realistic budget that aligns with the proposed activities.