GEER Fund for Higher Education - Component 2
Funds from this program can be spent to cover expenses between February 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 on a reimbursement basis.
GEER Fund for Higher Education
As announced by Governor Kim Reynolds on August 7, 2020, $6.9 million from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund has been reserved for institutions of higher education (IHE) to improve connectivity for students or provide professional development for faculty in online instruction. The Iowa Department of Education will develop and coordinate an application process through which IHE may apply for funding.
The $6.9 million reserved for IHE will be divided between the following three components and used for the designated purpose. An IHE may apply for all applicable components or specific components of interest, provided the IHE meets the criteria for the component. An IHE must meet the definition of eligible institution to apply for funds.
Eligible institution: Regionally accredited, undergraduate public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities eligible for title IV funding and domiciled in Iowa.
Capacity-building and professional development - $1.5 million: Competitive grants to eligible institutions or a consortium of eligible institutions, to be used to ensure equitable access to quality online courses and curriculum. Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis. Recipients will have until June 30, 2022 to claim reimbursement for eligible expenses.
Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate consortia-based systemic approaches on either a multi-institutional or statewide basis in at least one of the following areas:
- Promote best practices and strategies for effective online and remote instruction, which may include high school teachers qualified to teach concurrent enrollment coursework, non-credit and adult basic education instructors;
- Support and train students and families, which may include credit, non-credit, adult and nontraditional students, to be successful in virtual learning environments. E.g., advising, mentoring, tutoring, and other support and retention strategies; and/or,
- Develop, curate, and support the adoption of open educational resources.
Contacts for Component 2: Kelly Friesleben 515-868-2847