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3333.61 Ohio innovation partnership components.

The chancellor of higher education shall establish and administer the Ohio innovation partnership, which shall consist of the choose Ohio first scholarship program and the Ohio research scholars program. Under the programs, the chancellor, subject to approval by the controlling board, shall make awards to state universities or colleges for programs and initiatives that recruit students and scientists in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and dentistry to state universities or colleges, in order to enhance regional educational and economic strengths and meet the needs of the state's regional economies. Awards may be granted for programs and initiatives to be implemented by a state university or college alone or in collaboration with other state institutions of higher education, nonpublic Ohio universities and colleges, or other public or private Ohio entities. If the chancellor makes an award to a program or initiative that is intended to be implemented by a state university or college in collaboration with other state institutions of higher education or nonpublic Ohio universities or colleges, the chancellor may provide that some portion of the award be received directly by the collaborating universities or colleges consistent with all terms of the Ohio innovation partnership.

The choose Ohio first scholarship program shall assign a number of scholarships to state universities and colleges to recruit Ohio residents as undergraduate, or as provided in section 3333.66 of the Revised Code graduate, students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and dentistry, or in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical, or dental education. Choose Ohio first scholarships shall be awarded to each participating eligible student as a grant to the state university or college the student is attending and shall be reflected on the student's tuition bill. Choose Ohio first scholarships are student-centered grants from the state to students to use to attend a university or college and are not grants from the state to universities or colleges.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or sections 3333.62 to 3333.69 of the Revised Code, a nonpublic four-year Ohio institution of higher education may submit a proposal for choose Ohio first scholarships or Ohio research scholars grants. If the chancellor awards a nonpublic institution scholarships or grants, the nonpublic institution shall comply with all requirements of this section, sections 3333.62 to 3333.69 of the Revised Code, and the rules adopted under this section that apply to state universities or colleges awarded choose Ohio first scholarships or Ohio research scholars grants.

The Ohio research scholars program shall award grants to use in recruiting scientists to the faculties of state universities or colleges.

The chancellor shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to administer the programs.

3333.611 Proposals for the creation of a primary care medical student component of the choose Ohio first scholarship program.

(A) All of the following individuals shall jointly develop a proposal for the creation of a primary care medical student component of the choose Ohio first scholarship program operated under section 3333.61 of the Revised Code under which scholarships are annually made available and awarded to medical students who meet the requirements specified in division (D) of this section:

(1) The dean of the Ohio state university school of medicine;

(2) The dean of the Case western reserve university school of medicine;

(3) The dean of the university of Toledo college of medicine;

(4) The president and dean of the northeast Ohio medical university;

(5) The dean of the university of Cincinnati college of medicine;

(6) The dean of the Boonshoft school of medicine at Wright state university;

(7) The dean of the Ohio university college of osteopathic medicine.

(B) The individuals specified in division (A) of this section shall consider including the following provisions in the proposal:

(1) Establishing a scholarship of sufficient size to permit annually not more than fifty medical students to receive scholarships;

(2) Specifying that a scholarship, once granted, may be provided to a medical student for not more than four years.

(C) The individuals specified in division (A) of this section shall submit the proposal for the component to the chancellor of higher education not later than March 6, 2011. The chancellor shall review the proposal and determine whether to implement the component as part of the program.

(D) To be eligible for a scholarship made available under the component, a medical student shall meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Participate in identified patient centered medical home model training opportunities during medical school;

(2) Commit to a post-residency primary care practice in this state for not less than three years;

(3) Accept medicaid recipients as patients, without restriction and, as compared to other patients, in a proportion that is specified in the scholarship.

3333.612 Proposals for the creation of a primary care nursing student component of the choose Ohio first scholarship program.

(A) All of the following individuals shall jointly develop a proposal for the creation of a primary care nursing student component of the choose Ohio first scholarship program operated under section 3333.61 of the Revised Code under which scholarships are annually made available and awarded to advanced practice nursing students who meet the requirements specified in division (D) of this section:

(1) The dean of the college of nursing at the university of Toledo;

(2) The dean of the Wright state university college of nursing and health;

(3) The dean of the college of nursing at Kent state university;

(4) The dean of the university of Akron college of nursing;

(5) The director of the school of nursing at Ohio university.

(B) The individuals specified in division (A) of this section shall consider including the following provisions in the proposal:

(1) Establishing a scholarship of sufficient size to permit annually not more than thirty advanced practice nursing students to receive scholarships;

(2) Specifying that a scholarship, once granted, may be provided to an advanced practice nursing student for not more than three years.

(C) The individuals specified in division (A) of this section shall submit the proposal for the component to the chancellor of higher education not later than six months after September 6, 2010. The chancellor shall review the proposal and determine whether to implement the component as part of the program.

(D) To be eligible for a scholarship made available under the component, an advanced practice nursing student shall meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Participate in identified patient centered medical home model training opportunities during nursing school;

(2) Commit to an advanced practice nursing primary care practice in this state after completing nursing school for not less than three years;

(3) Accept medicaid recipients as patients, without restriction and, as compared to other patients, in a proportion that is specified in the scholarship.

3333.613 Choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund.

There is hereby created in the state treasury the choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund. As soon as possible following the end of each fiscal year, the chancellor of higher education shall certify to the director of budget and management the unencumbered balance of the general revenue fund appropriations made in the immediately preceding fiscal year for purposes of the choose Ohio first scholarship program created in section3333.61 of the Revised Code. Upon receipt of the certification, the director of budget and management may transfer an amount not exceeding the certified amount from the general revenue fund to the choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund. Moneys in the choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund shall be used to pay scholarship obligations in excess of the general revenue fund appropriations made for that purpose.

The director of budget and management may transfer any unencumbered balance from the choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund to the general revenue fund.

If it is determined that general revenue fund appropriations are insufficient to meet the obligations for the choose Ohio first scholarship in a fiscal year, the director of budget and management may transfer funds from the choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund to the general revenue fund in order to meet those obligations. The amount transferred is hereby appropriated. If the funds transferred from the choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund are not needed, the director of budget and management may transfer the unexpended balance from the general revenue fund back to the choose Ohio first scholarship reserve fund.

3333.62 Competitive process for program awards.

The chancellor of higher education shall establish a competitive process for making awards under the choose Ohio first scholarship program and the Ohio research scholars program. The chancellor, on completion of that process, shall make a recommendation to the controlling board asking for approval of each award selected by the chancellor.

Any state university or college may apply for one or more awards under one or both programs. The state university or college shall submit a proposal and other documentation required by the chancellor, in the form and manner prescribed by the chancellor, for each award it seeks. A proposal may propose an initiative to be implemented solely by the state university or college or in collaboration with other state institutions of higher education, nonpublic Ohio universities or colleges, or other public or nonpublic Ohio entities. A single proposal may seek an award under one or both programs.

The chancellor shall determine which proposals will receive awards each fiscal year, and the amount of each award, on the basis of the merit of each proposal, which the chancellor, subject to approval by the controlling board, shall determine based on one or more of the following criteria:

(A) The quality of the program that is the subject of the proposal and the extent to which additional resources will enhance its quality;

(B) The extent to which the proposal is integrated with the strengths of the regional economy;

(C) The extent to which the proposal is integrated with centers of research excellence within the private sector;

(D) The amount of other institutional, public, or private resources, whether monetary or nonmonetary, that the proposal pledges to leverage;

(E) The extent to which the proposal is collaborative with other public or nonpublic Ohio institutions of higher education;

(F) The extent to which the proposal is integrated with the university's or college's mission and does not displace existing resources already committed to the mission;

(G) The extent to which the proposal facilitates a more efficient utilization of existing faculty and programs;

(H) The extent to which the proposal meets a statewide educational need;

(I) The demonstrated productivity or future capacity of the students or scientists to be recruited;

(J) The extent to which the proposal will create additional capacity in educational or economic areas of need;

(K) The extent to which the proposal will encourage students who received degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine from two-year institutions to transfer to state universities or colleges to pursue baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine;

(L) The extent to which the proposal encourages students enrolled in state universities to transfer into science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine programs;

(M) The extent to which the proposal facilitates the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a cost-effective manner, for example, by facilitating students' completing two years at a two-year institution and two years at a state university or college;

(N) The extent to which the proposal allows attendance at a state university or college of students who otherwise could not afford to attend;

(O) The extent to which other institutional, public, or private resources pledged to the proposal will be deployed to assist in sustaining students' scholarships over their academic careers;

(P) The extent to which the proposal increases the likelihood that students will successfully complete their degree programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine or in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medical education;

(Q) The extent to which the proposal ensures that a student who is awarded a scholarship is appropriately qualified and prepared to successfully complete a degree program in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine or in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medical education;

(R) The extent to which the proposal will increase the number of women participating in the choose Ohio first scholarship program.

3333.63 Meeting prior to making awards - proposal summary review.

The chancellor of higher education shall conduct at least one public meeting annually, prior to deciding awards under the Ohio innovation partnership. At the meeting, an employee of the chancellor shall summarize the proposals submitted for consideration, and each state university or college that has a proposal pending shall have the opportunity to review the summary of their proposal prepared by the chancellor's staff and answer questions or respond to concerns about the proposal raised by the chancellor's staff.

3333.64 Fiscal and distributive goals in making awards.

The chancellor of higher education shall endeavor to make awards under the choose Ohio first scholarship program and the Ohio research scholars program such that the aggregate, statewide amount of other institutional, public, and private money pledged to the proposals in each fiscal year equals at least one hundred per cent of the aggregate amount of the money awarded under both programs that year. The chancellor shall endeavor to make awards under the choose Ohio first scholarship program in such a way that at least fifty per cent of the students receiving the scholarships are involved in a co-op or internship program in a private industry or a university laboratory. The value of institutional, public, or private industry co-ops and internships shall count toward the statewide aggregate amount of other institutional, public, or private money specified in this paragraph.

The chancellor also shall endeavor to distribute awards in such a way that all regions of the state benefit from the economic development impact of the programs and shall guarantee that students from all regions of the state are able to participate in the scholarship program.

3333.65 Award recipients to enter use agreement.

The chancellor of higher education shall require each state university or college that the controlling board approves to receive an award under the Ohio innovation partnership to enter into an agreement governing the use of the award. The agreement shall contain terms the chancellor determines to be necessary, which shall include performance measures, reporting requirements, and an obligation to fulfill pledges of other institutional, public, or nonpublic resources for the proposal.

The chancellor may require a state university or college that violates the terms of its agreement to repay the award plus interest at the rate required by section 5703.47 of the Revised Code to the chancellor.

If the chancellor makes an award to a program or initiative that is intended to be implemented by a state university or college in collaboration with other state institutions of higher education or nonpublic Ohio universities or colleges, the chancellor may enter into an agreement with the collaborating universities or colleges that permits awards to be received directly by the collaborating universities or colleges consistent with the terms of the program or initiative. In that case, the chancellor shall incorporate into the agreement terms consistent with the requirements of this section.

3333.66 Scholarship amounts - recruiting initiatives - allocation of appropriations.

(A)

(1) Except as provided in division (A)(2) of this section, in each academic year, no student who receives a choose Ohio first scholarship shall receive less than one thousand five hundred dollars or more than one-half of the highest in-state undergraduate instructional and general fees charged by all state universities. For this purpose, if Miami university is implementing the pilot tuition restructuring plan originally recognized in Am. Sub. H.B. 95 of the 125th general assembly, that university's instructional and general fees shall be considered to be the average full-time in-state undergraduate instructional and general fee amount after taking into account the Ohio resident and Ohio leader scholarships and any other credit provided to all Ohio residents.

(2) The chancellor of higher education may authorize a state university or college or a nonpublic Ohio institution of higher education to award a choose Ohio first scholarship in an amount greater than one-half of the highest in-state undergraduate instructional and general fees charged by all state universities to either of the following:

(a) Any undergraduate student who qualifies for a scholarship and is enrolled in a program leading to a teaching profession in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine;

(b) Any graduate student who qualifies for a scholarship, if any initiatives are selected for award under division (B) of this section.

(B) The chancellor shall encourage state universities and colleges, alone or in collaboration with other state institutions of higher education, nonpublic Ohio universities and colleges, or other public or private Ohio entities, to submit proposals under the choose Ohio first scholarship program for initiatives that recruit either of the following:

(1) Ohio residents who enrolled in colleges and universities in other states or other countries to return to Ohio and enroll in state universities or colleges as graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, or in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medical education. If such proposals are submitted and meet the chancellor's competitive criteria for awards, the chancellor, subject to approval by the controlling board, shall give at least one of the proposals preference for an award.

(2) Graduates, or undergraduates who will graduate in time to participate in the program described in this division by the subsequent school year, from an Ohio college or university who received, or will receive, a degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine to participate in a graduate-level teacher education masters program in one of those fields that requires the student to establish a domicile in the state and to commit to teach for a minimum of three years in a hard-to-staff school district in the state upon completion of the master's degree program. The chancellor may require a college or university to give priority to qualified candidates who graduated from a high school in this state.

"Hard-to-staff" shall be as defined by the department of education.

(C) The general assembly intends that money appropriated for the choose Ohio first scholarship program in each fiscal year be used for scholarships in the following academic year.

3333.67 Disposition of research scholar awards.

Each state university or college that receives an award under the Ohio research scholars program shall deposit the amount it receives into a new or existing endowment fund. The university or college shall maintain the amount received and use income generated from that amount, and other institutional, public, or nonpublic resources, to finance the proposal approved by the chancellor of higher education and the controlling board.

3333.68 College proposal preference for future awards.

When making an award under the Ohio innovation partnership, the chancellor of higher education, subject to approval by the controlling board, may commit to giving a state university's or college's proposal preference for future awards after the current fiscal year or fiscal biennium. A proposal's eligibility for future awards remains conditional on all of the following:

(A) Future appropriations of the general assembly;

(B) The university's or college's adherence to the agreement entered into under section 3333.65 of the Revised Code, including its fulfillment of pledges of other institutional, public, or nonpublic resources;

(C) With respect to the choose Ohio first scholarship program, a demonstration that the students receiving the scholarship are satisfied with the state universities or colleges selected by the chancellor to offer the scholarships.

The chancellor and the controlling board shall not commit to awarding any proposal for more than five fiscal years at a time. However, when a commitment for future awards expires, a state university or college may reapply.

3333.69 Monitor of initiatives for which award granted.

The chancellor of higher education shall monitor each initiative for which an award is granted under the Ohio innovation partnership to ensure the following:

(A) Fiscal accountability, so that the award is used in accordance with the agreement entered into under section 3333.65 of the Revised Code;

(B) Operating progress, so that the initiative is managed to achieve the goals stated in the proposal and in the agreement, and so that problems may be promptly identified and remedied;

(C) Desired outcomes, so that the initiative contributes to the programs' goals of enhancing regional educational and economic strengths and meeting regional economic needs.

3333.70 Ohio higher education innovation grant program.

(A) The director of higher education shall establish and administer the Ohio higher education innovation grant program to promote educational excellence and economic efficiency throughout the state in order to stabilize or reduce student tuition rates at institutions of higher education. Under the program, the director shall award grants to state institutions of higher education, as defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, and private nonprofit institutions for innovative projects that incorporate academic achievement and economic efficiencies. State institutions of higher education and private nonprofit institutions may apply for grants and initiate collaboration with other institutions of higher education, either public or private, on such projects.

(B) The director shall adopt rules to administer the program including, but not limited to, requirements that each grant application provides for all of the following:

(1) A system by which to measure academic achievement and reductions in expenditures, both in funding and administration;

(2) Demonstration of how the project will be sustained beyond the grant period and continue to provide substantial value and lasting impact;

(3) Proof of commitment from all parties responsible for the implementation of the project;

(4) Implementation of an ongoing evaluation process and improvement plans, as necessary.

(C) As used in this section, "private nonprofit institution" means a nonprofit institution in this state that has a certificate of authorization pursuant to Chapter 1713. of the Revised Code.

3333.71 Choose Ohio first co-op/internship program definitions.

As used in sections 3333.71 to 3333.79 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Cooperative education program" means a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations and that meets all of the following conditions:

(1) Alternates or combines periods of academic study and work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of student education;

(2) Provides students with compensation from the cooperative employer in the form of wages or salaries for work performed;

(3) Evaluates each participating student's performance in the cooperative position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's cooperative employer;

(4) Provides participating students with academic credit from the institution of higher education upon successful completion of their cooperative education;

(5) Is part of an overall degree or certificate program for which a percentage of the total program acceptable to the chancellor of higher education involves cooperative education.

(B) "Internship program" means a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work or community service experience and that does both of the following:

(1) Offers internships of specified and definite duration;

(2) Evaluates each participating student's performance in the internship position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's internship employer.

An internship program may provide participating students with academic credit upon successful completion of the internship, and may provide students with compensation in the form of wages or salaries, stipends, or scholarships.

(C) "Nonpublic university or college" means a nonprofit institution holding a certificate of authorization issued under Chapter 1713. of the Revised Code.

(D) "State institution of higher education" has the same meaning as in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code.

3333.71 Choose Ohio first co-op/internship program definitions.

As used in sections 3333.71 to 3333.79 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Cooperative education program" means a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations and that meets all of the following conditions:

(1) Alternates or combines periods of academic study and work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of student education;

(2) Provides students with compensation from the cooperative employer in the form of wages or salaries for work performed;

(3) Evaluates each participating student's performance in the cooperative position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's cooperative employer;

(4) Provides participating students with academic credit from the institution of higher education upon successful completion of their cooperative education;

(5) Is part of an overall degree or certificate program for which a percentage of the total program acceptable to the chancellor of higher education involves cooperative education.

(B) "Internship program" means a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students' academic study with work or community service experience and that does both of the following:

(1) Offers internships of specified and definite duration;

(2) Evaluates each participating student's performance in the internship position, both from the perspective of the student's institution of higher education and the student's internship employer.

An internship program may provide participating students with academic credit upon successful completion of the internship, and may provide students with compensation in the form of wages or salaries, stipends, or scholarships.

(C) "Nonpublic university or college" means a nonprofit institution holding a certificate of authorization issued under Chapter 1713. of the Revised Code.

(D) "State institution of higher education" has the same meaning as in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code.

3333.72 Choose Ohio first co-op/internship program.

The chancellor of higher education shall establish and administer the Ohio co-op/internship program to promote and encourage cooperative education programs or internship programs at Ohio institutions of higher education for the purpose of recruiting Ohio students to stay in the state, and recruiting Ohio residents who left Ohio to attend out-of-state institutions of higher education back to Ohio institutions of higher education, to participate in high quality academic programs that use cooperative education programs or significant internship programs, in order to support the growth of Ohio's businesses by providing businesses with Ohio's most talented students and providing Ohio graduates with job opportunities with Ohio's growing companies.

The chancellor, subject to approval by the controlling board, shall make awards to state institutions of higher education for new or existing programs and initiatives meeting the goals of the Ohio co-op/internship program. Awards may be granted for programs and initiatives to be implemented by a state institution of higher education alone or in collaboration with other state institutions of higher education or nonpublic Ohio universities and colleges. If the chancellor makes an award to a program or initiative that is intended to be implemented by a state institution of higher education in collaboration with other state institutions of higher education or nonpublic Ohio universities or colleges, the chancellor may provide that some portion of the award be received directly by the collaborating universities or colleges consistent with all terms of the Ohio co-op/internship program.

The Ohio co-op/internship program shall support the creation and maintenance of high quality academic programs that utilize an intensive cooperative education or internship program for students at state institutions of higher education, or assign a number of scholarships to institutions to recruit Ohio residents as students in a high quality academic program, or both. If scholarships are included in an award to an institution of higher education, the scholarships shall be awarded to each participating eligible student as a grant to the state institution of higher education the student is attending and shall be reflected on the student's tuition bill.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or sections 3333.73 to 3333.79 of the Revised Code, an Ohio four-year nonpublic university or college may submit a proposal as lead applicant or co-lead applicant for an award under the Ohio co-op/internship program if the proposal is to be implemented in collaboration with a state institution of higher education. If the chancellor grants a nonpublic university or college an award, the nonpublic university or college shall comply with all requirements of this section, sections 3333.73 to 3333.79 of the Revised Code, and the rules adopted under this section that apply to state institutions of higher education that receive awards under the program.

The chancellor shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to administer the Ohio co-op/internship program.

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC)

3333-1-61.3 Review process of proposals.

(A) Administrative review of proposals

(1) The chancellor's staff will review the proposals to ensure each proposal complies administratively with the general guidelines, requirements, and program objectives before referral for review and evaluation.

(2) If a proposal does not comply administratively, the chancellor may ask the lead applicant of the proposal clarifying questions and request additional information. The lead applicant of the proposal has ten days from notice of the defect to cure the proposal.

(3) A proposal that fails to comply administratively shall not be referred for review and evaluation.

(4) Proposals that are referred for review and evaluation will be posted on a web page on the Ohio board of regents' web site.

(5) The lead applicant of a proposal not referred for review and evaluation shall receive written notice within thirty days of the posted results of the administrative review.

(B) Review panel

(1) The chancellor, in the chancellor's discretion, may convene a panel, comprised of experts, to review and evaluate proposals.

(2) The chancellor may seek nominations for service on the panel from representatives of the colleges and universities intending to submit proposals. The chancellor, in the chancellor's discretion, shall make appointments to the panel.

(3) The panel, if convened, shall review and evaluate proposals in the following manner:

(a) Address the responsiveness of the proposal to the requirements of the request for proposal;

(b) Determine which proposals best meet the evaluation criteria;

(c) Determine which proposals should be recommended to the chancellor for funding consideration.

(4) The panel will make recommendations directly to the chancellor. The chancellor shall take into account the evaluations and recommendations made by the panel and shall make the final funding decisions.

(C) Review of proposals in absence of panel

(1) If the chancellor does not convene a review panel to review and evaluate proposals, the chancellor, or the chancellor's designee(s), shall review and evaluate the proposals in the following manner:

(a) Address the responsiveness of the proposal to the requirements of the request for proposal;

(b) Determine which proposals best meet the evaluation criteria;

(c) Determine which proposals should be considered by the chancellor for funding consideration, or in the case of review and evaluation by the chancellor's designee(s), recommended to the chancellor for funding consideration.

(2) The chancellor shall exercise independent judgment in making final funding decisions.

(D) Evaluation criteria

(1) General evaluation criteria

(a) Required criteria Proposals must encompass both of the following criteria to be considered for evaluation:

(i) The proposed plan will result in significantly increased higher education participation and success of Ohio students in STEM fields, STEM education, or medical areas:

(ii) All funds being requested shall be used for scholarships, fellowships, grants, or other monetary or nonmonetary incentives to students, and not for administration.

(b) Additional evaluation criteria Proposals should encompass one or more of the following criteria to be considered for evaluation:

(i) The proposed plan incorporates student internships and/or cooperative education experiences.

(ii) The proposed plan develops mentoring experiences involving faculty, students, and industrial partners.

(iii) The plan will result in appropriate ethnic diversity among majors and graduates in STEM fields, STEM education, or medical areas with particular emphasis on first-generation, needs-based, and underrepresented groups of students.

(iv) The proposed plan specifically targets timely degree completion and the reduction of attrition rates among majors in STEM fields, STEM education or medical areas.

(v) The applicant will demonstrate specific successes by its STEM students and graduates in fields that match the high-technology economic strength of Ohio.

(vi) The proposed plan will increase the recruitment of Ohio residents back into the state in order to enter graduate study in a STEM field, STEM education, or medical discipline.

(2) Required proposal criteria

In accordance with section 3333.62 of the Revised Code, proposals will be evaluated based on one or more of the following criteria:

(a) The quality of the program that is the subject of the proposal and the extent to which additional resources will enhance its quality.

(b) The extent to which the proposal is integrated with the strengths of the regional economy.

(c) The extent to which the proposal is integrated with centers of research excellence within the private sector.

(d) The amount of other institutional, public, or private resources, whether monetary or nonmonetary, that the proposal pledges to leverage.

(e) The extent to which the proposal is collaborative with other public or nonpublic Ohio institutions of higher education.

(f) The extent to which the proposal is integrated with the university's or college's mission and does not displace existing resources already committed to the mission.

(g) The extent to which the proposal facilitates a more efficient utilization of existing faculty and programs.

(h) The extent to which the proposal meets a statewide educational need.

(i) The demonstrated productivity or future capacity of the students or scientists to be recruited.

(j) The extent to which the proposal will create additional capacity in educational or economic areas of need.

(k) The extent to which the proposal will encourage students who received degrees in STEM fields or medicine from two-year institutions to transfer to state universities or colleges to pursue baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields or medicine.

(l) The extent to which the proposal encourages students enrolled in state universities to transfer into STEM fields or medicine programs.

(m) The extent to which the proposal facilitates the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a cost-effective manner, for example, by facilitating students' completing two years at a two-year institution and two years at a state university or college.

(n) The extent to which the proposal allows attendance at a state university or college of students who otherwise could not afford to attend.

(o) The extent to which other institutional, public, or private resources pledged to the proposal will be deployed to assist in sustaining students' scholarships over their academic careers.

(p) The extent to which the proposal increases the likelihood that students will successfully complete their degree programs in STEM fields, or medicine or in STEM education.

(q) The extent to which the proposal ensures that a student who is awarded a scholarship is appropriately qualified and prepared to successfully complete a degree program in STEM fields, or medicine or in STEM education, or medical education.

(E) Public meeting

Prior to final funding decisions by the chancellor, each proposal submitted for consideration shall be summarized by the chancellor's staff at a public meeting. Each public university or college with a proposal pending for consideration shall have the opportunity to review the summary and answer questions or respond to concerns about the proposal raised by the chancellor's staff.

(F) Selection and grant agreement preparation

(1) Upon completion of the review and evaluation process, and, if applicable, after recommendations have been made, the chancellor shall determine which proposals receive awards, in whole or in part. Lead applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their applications within forty-five days after final funding decisions have been made by the chancellor.

(2) After a proposal has been selected for funding by the chancellor, the chancellor's staff will seek approval from the state controlling board to prepare the final grant agreement.

(3) At the request of the chancellor, a lead applicant institution or a collaborating institution of a proposal selected for funding and seeking approval from the state controlling board shall attend the controlling board meeting.

3333-1-61.4 Award and agreements.

(A) Awards

(1) A grant will be awarded by the chancellor and approved by the controlling board based on the proposal as amended with the inclusion of a revised budget or other amended conditions set forth by the panel or the chancellor. The grant will remain open for the duration of the project plus a three-year reporting period when annual reports are required. Funding at the requested levels will be contingent upon performance against the stated goals.

(2) Limitations on awards

(a) The minimum award amount to be granted by the chancellor will be one hundred thousand dollars.

(b) The maximum award amount to be granted by the chancellor will be ten million dollars.

(B) Agreements

(1) The university or college with an award approved by the controlling board shall enter into an agreement with the chancellor of the Ohio board of regents. The term of agreement under an award from this program will be from two to five years with three additional years of required reporting. The project period should be at least two years but may be as long as five years, during which the funding by the state must be expended. During the remaining years of the grant period, or at least for three additional years, the grantee will be required to submit an annual report detailing the overall status of the project.

(2) All agreements shall comply with the following regulatory requirements:

(a) As appropriate for student assessment purposes, the grantee organization's human subject policies and procedures must be compliant with the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45, Part 46

(b) The grant agreement shall require the grantee to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws in the performance of the project.

(3) The grant agreement shall require the grantee to ensure that all student scholarships are within the allowable amount, as required by law.

(4) Grantees will be required to submit regular reports as specified in the grant agreement. At a minimum, semi-annual performance reports, periodic success stories attributable to the state-funded program, and annual reports for the final three years of the grant period. The lead applicant will be responsible for submitting reports to the chancellor's staff utilizing the specified mechanism.

(5) Each newly funded choose Ohio first scholarship program institution will be required to implement a continuous assessment plan that evaluates the program at its campus. Grantees are expected to complete the project as described in the proposal as funded and as amended. The chancellor's staff will assign a project administrator who will work with the grantee throughout the duration of the project. The chancellor's staff and grantees will develop a series of performance metrics that will be used to measure progress on the grant. Grantees will be required to collect appropriately disaggregated baseline data, to measure progress through the collection and analysis of standardized data elements, and to submit required progress reports that record the achievements of the plan within the context of the original goals.

In addition to other items deemed appropriate by the reporting institution, the choose Ohio first scholarship program progress reports should include the following elements:

(a) Documentation that the proposed objectives are being met along with a description of the continuous assessment processes used to verify the stated outcomes.

(b) Demonstration of the significant achievements of the program in terms of the student success outcomes.

(c) Documentation of how and the manner in which the expertise developed within the program is being, or will be, shared with other institutions in Ohio through professional interactions or consortia agreements.

(6) Any university or college that violates the terms of its grant agreement may be required to repay the award plus interest at the rate specified in section 5703.47 of the Revised Code.

3333-1-61.5 Funding.

(A) Cost-share is required in the ratio of one to one for state funds to dedicated institutional funds. All reasonable institutional operational and capital costs, including previous investments, that are directly associated with delivering the project outcomes identified in the proposal may, in the chancellor's discretion, be counted as eligible cost-share. The value of institutional, public, or private industry co-ops and internships shall count toward the statewide aggregate amount of other institutional, public, or private money.

Participating institutions must make regular cost-share investments in the funded choose Ohio first scholarship program project but will have until the end of the reporting period to meet the full cost-share obligation. The reporting period ends three years after the expiration of the grant agreement.

(B) The entire grant must be used for scholarships, fellowships, grants, or other monetary or nonmonetary incentives to students, and not for administration.

(C) All costs incurred in preparation of a letter of interest or a proposal shall be borne by the applicant, or applicants for a collaboration proposal, and are not recoverable under an award.

Important Timelines and Request for Proposal Details

Requests for Proposals will open in 2019!

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