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Joan Straumanis
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
Web site(s): http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/FIPSE

A FIPSE grant competition, new this year, called LAAP (Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships); $10 million, due to be doubled for 2000; approximately 25-30 awards for distance education projects are currently in negotiation. These will be 3-5 year efforts which in most cases include "scaling up" to the national level during the life of the grant. Projects cover a wide range of institutions and activities, from courseware development in traditional college disciplines to on-line retraining for the incumbent workers of a whole industry. Some projects experiment with leading edge technological solutions; others provide student advising and support networks for distance learners, while still others concentrate on solving policy problems for distance learning consortia that cross state lines. All are designed with built-in quality controls and ambitious dissemination.


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