Hobart and William Smith will be represented this year as the federal government decides who gets funding and who gets nothing. Layton Seth Curl, assistant professor of psychology, was selected as a reviewer for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). He, along with a team of professors from Cornell, RIT, and SUNY, will review proposals on Nov. 18 and 19 in Rochester, N.Y. Curl was selected for his expertise in social and cross-cultural psychology, as well as his skills in intercultural training and study abroad programs.
The FIPSE Comprehensive Program is the central grant competition of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The competition is designed to support innovative reform projects that hold promise as models for the resolution of important issues and problems in postsecondary education.
Several characteristics of the Comprehensive Program make it unique among federal programs.
–It is inclusive. All nonprofit institutions and organizations offering postsecondary education programs are eligible to receive FIPSE grants. Those grants may be in support of any academic discipline, program, or student support service.
–It is action-oriented. Although FIPSE will consider proposals to assess existing reforms, or to study the feasibility of reforms in the development stage, it does not ordinarily support basic research. The Comprehensive Program supports a wide range of practical reform initiatives and assists grantees in assessing their results and disseminating what is learned to other institutions and agencies.
–It encourages bold thinking and innovative projects. The resources of the Comprehensive Program are devoted to new ideas and practices and to the dissemination of proven innovations to others. FIPSE will support controversial or unconventional projects, as long as they are well justified, carefully designed, and responsibly managed.
–It is responsive to practitioners. In its Agenda for Improvement, FIPSE identifies common issues and problems affecting postsecondary education and invites applicants to address these or other problems imaginatively. The Comprehensive Program welcomes proposals addressing any and all topics of postsecondary improvement and reform.