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Submit proposals for baccalaureate expansion funds by Feb. 25

The 2005-07 Biennial Budget provided $500,000 GPR annually for the implementation of recommendations of the Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE). The COBE Executive Implementation Committee has designated all thirteen of the strategies recommended in the final COBE report to receive this funding.

Click the following link to download the RFP for COBE funding. Collaborative projects between UW institutions and between UW and WTCS institutions are encouraged and are eligible for funding. Please note that, because COBE funding is included in the UW System’s budget, COBE grant funds will be awarded to and administered by UW institutions for both collaborative and/or single institution projects. UW-Madison proposals should be sent by 5pm on MONDAY FEBRUARY 25 to:

Jocelyn Milner, Director, Academic Planning and Analysis,
169 Bascom Hall, Madison WI 53706
voice: 608-263-5658, fax: 608-265-3324

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Assistant Vice President Larry Rubin ( or 608-262-6717) or Academic Planner Melissa Kepner ( or 608-263-4398).

RFP summary points

University of Wisconsin institutions are eligible to receive funding during this competitive phase. Collaborative projects between UW institutions and between UW and WTCS institutions are encouraged and are eligible for funding. Institutions may submit more than one proposal. Multiple submissions should be ranked in priority order. Applicants may request up to $75,000 per project for each year of funding. UW System Admin will distribute a total of $500K per year in this competition. Funds will become available on July 1, 2008.

The University of Wisconsin System Administration is seeking proposals to support the development and implementation of the baccalaureate expansion strategies outlined below:

  • Develop baccalaureate degree completion programs in fields with high student and labor market demand.
  • Make baccalaureate degree programs available at WTCS institutions and UW Colleges.
  • Develop collaborative degree programs.
  • Advocate for and expand financial aid assistance for students from lower income families.
  • Develop graduation completion projects.
  • Develop on-line and other alternative course delivery options.
  • Enhance and promote pre-college programs.
  • Develop and implement early assessment and intervention programs to promote college readiness.
  • Expand academic and career advising initiatives.