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Academic Partnerships Now Accepting Proposals for Round One of 2014 Faculty Research Grant Program

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

DALLAS (Jan. 6, 2014) Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the world’s largest representatives of online learning, today announced that it is currently accepting proposals for Round One of its 2014 Faculty Research Grant Program, which supports faculty research on the impact and effectiveness of online learning. Proposals are being accepted through March 31, 2014.

“Academic Partnerships places a high value on supporting research and increasing scholarly knowledge regarding the effectiveness of online learning,” said Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Melissa Kaulbach.We recognize that online learning is still a new field with a world of possibilities in terms of research, and we are pleased to support the exploration of them through our Faculty Research Grant Program.

The program, which has committed to providing $100,000 in funding in 2014, offers faculty or staff members of institutions working with AP-supported programs, the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund research that could increase understanding about the power of online learning. Priority funding for longitudinal research will be provided in recognition of proposals in the following areas:

  • Retention: Effective strategies, time to completion, persistence, demographics, number of starts per year, length of program, cohort data, etc.
  • Student engagement as related to retention: Identification of trends and indicators, cohort vs. non- cohort models, etc.
  • Assessment of adult learning in the online learning environment: Cohort vs. non-cohort, comparative analysis between cohorts, etc.

The application can be accessed by clicking here.

Awardees will be informed of their selection in writing by April 30, 2014 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.

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships (AP) assists universities convert their traditional degree programs and certificates into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit


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