Academic Partnerships Now Accepting Proposals for Round One of 2013 Research Grant Program

$50,000 in Grants Now Available to Support Faculty Research on the Impact and Effectiveness of Online Learning

Feb 06, 2013, 10:00 ET from Academic Partnerships

DALLAS, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities offering online learning in the United States, today announced that it is currently accepting proposals for Round One of its 2013 Research Grant Program, which supports faculty research on the impact and effectiveness of online learning.  Proposals are being accepted through Feb. 28, 2013.

The Academic Partnerships Research Grant Program, which has committed to providing $100,000 in funding in 2013, offers faculty members working in online courses within the AP partnership the opportunity to win grants to foster research that could increase understanding about the power of online learning.  Priority funding for longitudinal research will be provided in recognition of those proposals that include:

  • Research on quality assurance as a system in higher education
  • Data points related to student retention
  • Data points related to improvement of student learning outcomes
  • Aspects regarding Quality Matters' (QM) impact on student learning outcomes, student retention, improving instruction, or forming teaching practices if the applicant's institution is a subscriber to QM
  • A focus on the any of the following:
    • Evaluation of emerging technologies, tools, and concepts and effectiveness in online education (e.g., xMOOCs, cMOOCs, gamification, competency based evaluation, etc.)
    • Effectiveness of a quality assurance process in online education
    • New or effective ideas for online course design

Proposals are being accepted online at

Awardees will be informed in writing by March 31, 2013 and announced on Faculty eCommons, an AP-sponsored site supporting online faculty around the world, shortly thereafter.  Funds will be disseminated over the duration of the project and will be paid to the institution's grant or equivalent office. 

The second round of the program will commence this summer.

Academic Partnerships has a successful track record of helping universities expand access and scale the delivery of their high quality online degree programs.  AP has assisted more than 750 professors convert more than 1,500 traditional courses into an electronic delivery format and recruited thousands of students into online degree programs for its U.S. and international partners.  

About Academic Partnerships 
Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students and supports enrolled students through graduation.  Serving more than 40 state institutions, AP is one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States.  The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education.  AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally.  For more information, please visit

Jaquelyn M. Scharnick
Academic Partnerships

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