T3C Update and Looking Ahead

TO: T3C General Membership
RE: Update and Looking Ahead

The SPF SIG grant application was not submitted.
·         The grant proposal was completely written but the required forms that were to accompany the grant presented a problem.
·         The grant applicant needed to be either a non profit or a governmental organization.  The College of St. Scholastica agreed to be the grant applicant and fiscal agent.  Slightly over a week before the grant submission was due CSS determined that they did not have the certification for a required form.
·         UMD was willing to try and process the grant application but in the days remaining it was not possible to revise budgets and complete the required forms many of which the University Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) had not worked with previously.  SPA also needed three days to do their required review prior to submitting the grant.
·         The decision was made late Tuesday, August 30, that it would not be possible to meet the September 2 deadline for submitting the grant.
·         I would like to thank CSS and UMD for their efforts and support in trying to accomplish the goal of submitting the SPF SIG grant.
Lessons learned in the grant application process.
·         The required forms should be the first task to consider in the month between the release of the Request For Proposal (RFP) and the application submission date.   If this had been done it might have been possible to make the shift from CSS to UMD and meet the deadline.
·         The deliverables required of grant recipients should be carefully reviewed to determine the “cost benefit” of being awarded a grant.  The SPF SIG Phase One deliverables were demanding given the expectations required of grantees.  Also, the total grant period was reduced to two years and seven months, from five years originally, for doing the planning (Phase One) and both implementation and evaluation (Phase Two).  That project timeline seemed unrealistic.
·         Trying to proceed with the grant preparation in the month of August was not ideal because of summer vacations and school schedules.
·         Changes in the Duluth Public Schools (DPS) administration with a new Superintendent combined with their trying to meet the student/staff rescheduling for the new schools building resulted in no response to phone and email request. Therefore, there was no DPS collaboration on the grant application.
·         Other administrative changes also occurred during the summer with implications for the T3C Executive Committee:
-LSC Vice President for Administration, Mark Winson, resigned to take a position out of state.  Wade Gordon will replace Mark on the Executive Committee
-UMD’s new Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Lisa Erwin, started in her position in August.  Jackie Millslagle is Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life.
-CSS hired a Dean of Students, a new position for the campus. Steve Lyons is still Vice President for Student at CSS.
·         I enjoyed writing the grant application but I should have focused more effort on the logistics of the overall grant submission rather than on the narrative portion of the grant application.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  THAT WILL BE THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION FOR THE T3C EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE T3C GENERAL MEMBERSHIP.  LOOK FOR UPCOMING MEETING
ANNOUNCEMENTS.
J Laundergan, T3C Coordinator

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