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ONU receives Ohio Board of Regents funding
Ohio Northern University is the recipient of a 2014 Race to the Top Educator Preparation Program Incentive Grant (EPPI). Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Sandy Calvert, director of the Center of Teacher Education and assistant professor in the Education Department, ONU’s Center for Teacher Education program earned an award of $160,322.78. The Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) developed the performance-based EPPI grant to determine how best to distribute Race to the Top funds to Ohio educator preparation providers. Applicants were required to provide information on licensure test pass rates, accreditation status, value-added data, field and clinical experiences, pre-service surveys, excellence and innovation in clinical preparations and professional development for practitioners. Funds from the grant will partially support a part-time Coordinator for Partnership Development, an upgrade to the Center’s technology laboratory, travel for students and faculty for field and clinical experiences in more diverse settings and faculty development for both ONU education faculty and faculty at partnering schools. ONU is one of seven private Ohio universities to receive the EPPI award. Two state universities also received EPPI funds.
The James F. Dicke College of Business, ONU is the recipient of a $35,070 subaward from Kent State University through the Ohio Board of Regents’ Ohio Means Internships and Coops program. Over a two-year period, these funds will be used to help support students serving internships at corporations in Ohio. The funds will also be used to enhance the internship infrastructure in the College of Business by purchasing a two-year subscription for the Taleo Talent Management software and to initiate “Classroom Experiences with a Professional,” an experiential learning opportunity taking classes and faculty to businesses throughout the state. As a private university, ONU was required to collaborate with a state institution of higher education and worked with Kent State on the proposal titled “An Integrated Business and Academic Internship and Co-op Infrastructure.” Matt Lambdin, Director of Experiential Learning in the College of Business, is the project director.