[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 95 (Friday, May 16, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28495-28504]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11463]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; First in the World Program--
Development Grants

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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Overview Information

    Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--First 
in the World Program (FITW)--Development Grants Notice inviting 
applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2014.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.116F.


DATES: 
    Applications Available: May 16, 2014.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 30, 2014.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 29, 2014.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The President has set a clear goal for the 
Nation's education system. By 2020 the United States will once again 
lead the world in the proportion of its citizens holding college 
degrees or other postsecondary credentials. To support this national 
effort the Department of Education has outlined a comprehensive 
education agenda that includes expanding quality and opportunity at all 
levels of education from early learning programs through higher 
education. The FITW Program is a key part of this agenda.
    Last August, President Obama outlined an ambitious plan to improve 
value and affordability in postsecondary education. The plan included: 
Paying for performance, developing a college ratings system; promoting 
innovation and competition; and ensuring affordable debt. The President 
noted that the federal government can act as a catalyst for innovation, 
spurring innovation in a way that drives down costs while preserving 
quality. Innovations can take many forms, such as those that improve 
teaching and learning by redesigning courses and student supports, or 
by leverage learning science and technological developments. FITW aims 
to support a wide range of innovations at colleges and universities, 
and serve as a catalyst for the best ideas that will dramatically 
enhance student outcomes.
    The FITW program will build on all of these important 
Administration priorities by providing grants to

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institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovative 
approaches and strategies that will improve postsecondary educational 
access and outcomes. The FITW program plays a key role in the 
President's plan to make college more affordable for students and 
families, as it aims to develop an evidence base of effective practices 
for ensuring that more students can access, persist in, and complete 
postsecondary study. Successful FITW projects will support greater 
college affordability for students, through the implementation and 
evaluation of practices and strategies that have the potential to 
reduce costs while delivering high-quality academic programs to 
students. Institutions of higher education or consortia of such 
institutions are eligible applicants for FITW grants. We encourage 
applicants to partner with public and private institutions and agencies 
that can assist applicants to achieve the goals of their projects.
    The FY 2014 budget for FITW is $75,000,000, with up to $20,000,000 
set aside for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). There will be one 
competition with one set of priorities and one set of selection 
criteria. We will consider an institution as an MSI for purposes of 
this competition if the institution meets the qualifications for an MSI 
as described in the application package and the institution certifies 
that it meets those qualifications through the application. 
Institutions of higher education may only submit one application and 
may only be awarded one grant.
    Successful FITW projects will include the following 
characteristics: (1) A project design supported by Strong Theory (as 
defined in this notice); (2) a data collection plan; (3) a design and 
implementation plan for evaluation that will demonstrate whether the 
strategies implemented are showing Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness 
(as defined in this notice); (4) replicable and scalable reform 
strategies; (5) a strong focus on improved postsecondary access, 
affordability, and completion, with an emphasis on low-income students; 
and (6) a strategy for improvement of postsecondary productivity and 
effectiveness that holds steady or decreases costs for students.
    The FITW competition embraces the President's call for institutions 
of higher education to propose their best and most promising ideas to 
significantly expand access, affordability, and improve outcomes for 
students. The absolute priorities of the FITW competition are 
structured to elicit a wide array of innovative proposals from a 
diversity of institutions of higher education, focused around these 
three pillars of access, affordability, and attainment. Many 
institutions across the country have already demonstrated significant 
interest in and/or adopted innovative approaches to teaching and 
learning that aim to obtain better outcomes for students, including 
promising practices that accelerate the pace and success rate for 
students in need of remediation moving into credit-bearing coursework 
and toward a degree or credential; approaches like competency-based 
education that measure progression based on learning rather than just 
seat time; dual-enrollment strategies and early college high schools 
that allow high school students to earn credit before arriving at 
college; establishing open degree pathways that are offered at low- or 
no-cost to students in fields that focus on the education and skills 
employers are seeking, and that have the potential to deliver high-
quality learning experiences and outcomes while significantly expanding 
postsecondary educational access and opportunity; and redesigned 
courses and programs of study that improve student learning at lower 
costs than traditional courses. The Department welcomes the submission 
of all ideas and proposals (including but not limited to the 
aforementioned examples) and encourages institutions of higher 
education to put forward their most innovative and creative thinking to 
significantly expand postsecondary opportunity for all students, 
especially those who are low-income, underprepared for, or 
underrepresented in higher education.
    FITW is designed as a tiered evidence grant program in which higher 
levels of evidence supporting the proposed projects are required in 
order to receive greater amounts of funding across multiple evidence 
tiers. In future years, the Department anticipates conducting 
competitions to support projects under higher tiers of evidence. 
However, in FY 2014, the Department will run only one competition in 
one evidence tier for Development grants. FITW projects should be novel 
and significant nationally, not projects that simply implement existing 
practices in additional locations or support needs that are primarily 
local in nature. A key goal of FITW Development grants is to expand the 
research on innovative practices that can be used to support future 
competitions with higher evidence standards.
    To be eligible for an award, an application for a FITW Development 
grant must be supported by a Strong Theory (as defined in this notice) 
and the applicant must submit a logic model (as defined in this notice) 
for its proposed project. Applicants may submit a rationale for any 
intervention(s) that has not been tried or that only has been 
marginally considered and explored at the applicant institution or 
elsewhere.
    Priorities: This notice includes five absolute priorities and one 
competitive preference priority.
    We are establishing these priorities for the FY 2014 FITW 
competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the 
list of unfunded applicants from this competition in accordance with 
section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 
U.S.C. 1232(d)(1).
    Absolute Priorities: These priorities are absolute priorities. 
Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that address 
one of the five absolute priorities. The Department encourages 
applicants to select an absolute priority that is commensurate with 
implementing well-defined reforms that can be thoroughly studied and 
described in detail, and that has the potential to be replicated. The 
Joint Explanatory Statement accompanying the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act of 2014, Public Law 113-76, specifies that, in 
carrying out the FITW competition the Department is expected to 
prioritize applications that target innovative strategies for low-
income students. Applicants must specify on the Abstract and 
Information page which absolute priority is addressed in the 
application.
    The five absolute priorities are:

Absolute Priority I--Increasing Access and Completion for 
Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students

Background
    The proportion of Americans earning postsecondary credentials is 
unacceptably low, particularly among low-income, underrepresented, and 
underprepared students. Substantial college completion gaps persist 
among underrepresented, underprepared, or low-income students and their 
peers. Reports from (NCES) consistently indicate that students from 
higher-income families are more likely to finish postsecondary programs 
of study than lower-income students. We must both increase the number 
of low-income, underprepared, or underrepresented students (including 
students with disabilities) enrolling in postsecondary education and 
increase the rates at which they complete. The purpose of this priority 
is to ensure that FITW grants will implement and demonstrate

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reforms and strategies that leverage innovative approaches to yield a 
measurable impact on student persistence and completion.
Priority
    This priority supports projects that will improve the effectiveness 
of interventions for a target student population made up of 
underrepresented, underprepared or low-income students that would 
result in measurable increases in the number of students from those 
populations who enroll and persist in postsecondary education, and 
complete their postsecondary degree, credential, or certificate; or 
that would implement a broader system-wide design that would have 
positive effects on all students including underrepresented, 
underprepared, and low income students. If the target group of the 
proposed project is all students at an institution or consortia of 
institutions, applicants must explain why the approach is expected to 
have positive impacts on underrepresented, underprepared, and low-
income student subpopulations and must show that they can track 
outcomes for these specific student subpopulations. Consistent with 
this priority, applicants may also submit projects that will advance 
positive impacts and outcomes for students with disabilities.

Absolute Priority II--Increasing Community College Transfer Rates to 
Four-Year Colleges for Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income 
Students

Background
    Community colleges play a major role in higher education. 
Successful transfer of students from two-year to four-year institutions 
is a key function community colleges perform that contributes to the 
nation's overall bachelor degree attainment. The pressure of tuition 
increases, escalating costs for books and materials, and the decline of 
State support for higher education has resulted in growing enrollments 
at community colleges and a greater need for strategies to facilitate a 
seamless transfer of students from two-year to four-year institutions.
Priority
    This priority supports projects that will implement new and 
substantially different strategies for increasing transfer rates 
between two-year and four-year institutions.

Absolute Priority III--Increasing Enrollment and Completion of 
Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students in Science, 
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degree and Certificate 
Programs

Background
    This absolute priority focuses on increasing enrollments and 
completion rates for students from groups historically underrepresented 
in STEM, including minorities and women. Recent trends in undergraduate 
STEM enrollments show that historically underrepresented students are 
an increasing fraction of undergraduate students but still 
disproportionately under-enroll in the STEM disciplines.
Priority
    This priority supports projects that will implement new and 
substantially different strategies to enroll and graduate greater 
numbers of underrepresented students in STEM fields.

Absolute Priority IV--Reducing Time to Completion, Especially for 
Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students

Background
    This priority focuses on issues of institutional productivity and 
effectiveness, particularly as they relate to reducing the time it 
takes to complete a degree, a diploma or a certificate. A growing 
number of students work full-time or part-time jobs while making 
progress towards completing their programs of study. Meanwhile, newly-
enrolled college students are increasingly assigned to time-consuming, 
non-credit bearing remediation courses which often derail their path to 
completion. These and other factors are increasing the length of time 
it takes to complete a two-year or four-year program. This priority 
invites institutions to propose innovative approaches to reduce the 
time it takes for students to complete their program of study.
Priority
    This priority supports projects that will develop and implement new 
strategies to reduce the time it takes to complete a degree for full-
time or part-time students. Applicants addressing this priority must 
propose new and substantially different strategies that reduce time to 
degree while maintaining high-quality academic programs.

Absolute Priority V--Improving College Affordability, Especially for 
Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students

Background
    It is well known that for many years college tuition has exceeded 
the rate of inflation. The difference between the cost of attending 
college and a family's capacity to pay has increased dramatically. 
Declining state support for higher education has also forced students 
and families to shoulder a larger proportion of college costs. At the 
same time there has been a shift toward a greater use of student loans 
in place of grants to finance college costs. While a college education 
remains a worthwhile investment, many students now face years of loan 
payments. Default rates are rising and too many young adults are 
burdened with debt as they seek to start a family, buy a home, launch a 
business, or save for retirement.
Priority
    This priority supports projects that will develop and implement new 
and substantially different strategies to contain the cost of education 
for students and families pursuing higher education.
    Competitive Preference Priority: For 2014, this priority is a 
competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we award 
any application that meets this competitive preference priority an 
additional two points. Applicants must clearly mark the Abstract and 
Information page in the application package if they intend to address 
this competitive preference priority.
    The competitive preference priority is:

Competitive Preference Priority--Using Evidence of Promise as the 
Application Evidence Standard (2 Points)

    Under this priority we support projects that provide supporting 
evidence that meets the Evidence of Promise definition (as defined in 
this notice), in addition to meeting the definition of Strong Theory 
that all applicants must address. Note: An applicant addressing this 
competitive preference priority must identify up to two study citations 
that meet this standard. Relevant studies will be reviewed to determine 
if they meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards. The link 
for the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook 
(Version 2.1, September 2011), can be found at:http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/
wwc/references/

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idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid=1.
    The links for the citations submitted for the competitive 
preference priority must be provided on the Abstract and Information 
page. Applicants must specify on the Abstract and Information page the 
findings within the studies that are cited as Evidence of Promise for 
the proposed project and ensure that the citations and links are from 
publicly or readily available sources. Studies of fewer than 10 pages 
may be attached in full under Other Attachments in Grants.gov.
    An application will receive two extra points if at least one of the 
cited studies meets the Evidence of Promise standard and is relevant to 
the proposed project.

Definitions

    Evidence of Promise means there is empirical evidence to support 
the theoretical linkage(s) between at least one critical component and 
at least one relevant outcome presented in the logic model for the 
proposed process, product, strategy, or practice. Specifically, 
Evidence of Promise means the conditions in paragraph (a) and (b) of 
this section are met: (a) There is at least one study that is either a 
(1) correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias; 
(2) a quasi-experimental design study (as defined in this notice) that 
meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with 
reservations; or (3) a randomized controlled trial (as defined in this 
notice) that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with 
or without reservations; and (b) the study referenced in (a) found a 
statistically significant or substantively important (defined as a 
difference of 0.25 standard deviations or larger), favorable 
association between at least one critical component and one relevant 
outcome presented in the logic model for the proposed process, product, 
strategy, or practice. The link for the What Works Clearinghouse 
Procedures and Standards Handbook (Version 2.1, September 2011), can be 
found at:http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/references/idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid=1.
    Innovation means a process, product, strategy, or practice that 
improves (or is expected to improve) significantly upon the outcomes 
reached with status quo options and that can ultimately reach 
widespread effective usage.
    Logic Model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a well-
specified conceptual framework that identifies key components of the 
proposed process, product, strategy, or practice (i.e., the active 
``ingredients'' that are hypothesized to be critical to achieving the 
relevant outcomes) and describes the relationship among the key 
components and outcomes, theoretically and operationally.
    Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness means the first or the second of 
the following conditions is met: (1) There is at least one study of the 
effectiveness of the process, product, strategy, or practice that meets 
the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards without reservations, 
found a statistically significant favorable impact on a relevant 
outcome (with no statistically significant and overriding unfavorable 
impacts on that outcome for relevant populations in the study or in 
other studies of the intervention reviewed by and reported on by the 
What Works Clearinghouse), and includes a sample that overlaps with the 
populations or settings proposed to receive the process, product, 
strategy, or practice; or (2) There is at least one study of the 
effectiveness of the process, product, strategy, or practice being 
proposed that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standard with 
reservations, found a statistically significant favorable impact on a 
relevant outcome (with no statistically significant and overriding 
unfavorable impacts on that outcome for relevant populations in the 
study or in other studies of the intervention reviewed by and reported 
on by the What Works Clearinghouse), includes a sample that overlaps 
with the populations or settings proposed to receive the process, 
product, strategy, or practice; and includes a large and a multi-site 
sample. Note: Multiple studies can cumulatively meet the large and 
multi-site sample requirements as long as each study meets the other 
requirements in this paragraph. The link for the What Works 
Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook (Version 2.1, September 
2011), can be found at: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/references/idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid=1.
    Quasi-experimental Design Study means a study using a design that 
attempts to approximate an experimental design by identifying a 
comparison group that is similar to the treatment group in important 
respects. These studies, depending on design and implementation, can 
meet What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with reservations 
(they cannot meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards 
without reservations). The link for the What Works Clearinghouse 
Procedures and Standards Handbook (Version 2.1, September 2011), can be 
found at:http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/references/idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid=1.
    Randomized Controlled Trial means a study that employs random 
assignment of, for example, students, teachers, classrooms, schools, or 
districts to receive the intervention being evaluated (the treatment 
group) or not to receive the treatment (the control group). The 
estimated effectiveness of the intervention is the difference between 
the average outcome for the treatment group and for the control group. 
These studies, depending on design and implementation, can meet the 
What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards without reservation. The 
link for the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook 
(Version 2.1, September 2011), can be found at:http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/references/idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid=1.
    Strong Theory means a rationale for the proposed process, product, 
strategy, or practice that includes a logic model.
    Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure 
Act (5 U.S.C. 553), the Department generally offers interested parties 
the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities, definitions, and 
other requirements. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, however, allows the 
Secretary to exempt from rulemaking requirements, regulations governing 
the first grant competition under a new or substantially revised 
program authority. This is the first grant competition for the FITW 
program under 20 U.S.C. 1138-1138d and therefore qualifies for this 
exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has 
decided to forego public comment on the priorities, definitions, and 
requirements under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA. These priorities, 
selection criteria, definitions and requirements will apply to the FY 
2014 grant competition only.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1138-1138d.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Education Department suspension 
and debarment regulations in 2 CFR part 3485.

    Note:  The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except Federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

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    Estimated Available Funds: $75,000,000. Up to $20,000,000 is set 
aside for MSIs.
    The range of awards listed below is the total amount for a 48 month 
budget period.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $2,000,000-$4,000,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,000,000.
    See the Budget Instructions in the application package.
    Maximum Award: We will not fund any application above the maximum 
award of $4,000,000 for the 48-month budget period. The Assistant 
Secretary for Postsecondary Education may change the maximum amount 
through a notice published in the Federal Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 19-38.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: 48 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education and 
consortia of such institutions are eligible to apply. Applicants are 
encouraged to partner with other public and private organizations and 
agencies. To be eligible for an award, an application for a FITW 
Development grant must be supported by a Strong Theory and include a 
logic model for the proposed project.
    To qualify as an eligible MSI under the FITW Program, an 
institution must meet one of two criteria. The first criterion 
includes: Current eligibility approval as defined by the Department's 
FY 2014 eligibility process for Title III and/or Title V of the Higher 
Education Act of 1965, as amended; an open grant under one of the 
Department's Title III, Parts A and F and/or Title V programs; or a 
designation as a Historically Black College of University or a Tribally 
Controlled College. The second criterion includes: Specific enrollment 
percentages for minority students served; and, if applicable, needy 
student and educational and general (E&G) expenditure criteria for 
determining income eligibility. More information on MSI eligibility is 
in the application package under the section entitled Eligibility. The 
Department will screen the applications to verify MSI eligibility based 
on these criteria and, if applicable, will use the most recent IPEDS 
data. In the event an application does not qualify for MSI eligibility, 
it will still be reviewed.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Other: We are establishing the following requirements for this 
program in accordance with section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 20 U.S.C. 
1232(d)(1).
    Evidence Standard and Logic Model: All applications for the FITW 
Program must meet the evidence standard of Strong Theory and include a 
logic model (as defined in this notice). Applicants may submit a 
rationale for any intervention(s) that has not been tried or that only 
has been marginally considered and explored at the applicant 
institution or elsewhere.
    Limits on Grant Awards: No applicant will receive more than one 
award in this FY 2014 FITW competition.
    Evaluation: A grantee must comply with the requirements of any 
evaluation of the program conducted by the Department. In addition, the 
grantee must arrange for an independent evaluation of its project. The 
grantee and its independent evaluator must cooperate with any technical 
assistance provided by the Department or its contractor to ensure that 
the evaluations are of the highest quality and to encourage commonality 
in evaluation approaches across funded projects. Finally, the grantee 
must make broadly available through formal (e.g., peer-reviewed 
journals) or informal (e.g., newsletters) mechanisms, and in print or 
electronically, the results of any evaluations it conducts of its 
funded activities. These results must cite the U.S. Department's Fund 
for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education as the funding source.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs).
    To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: 
www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapp/index.html. To obtain a copy from 
ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: ED Pubs, U.S. Department of 
Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 
1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 605-6794. If you use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 
1-877-576-7734.
    You also can contact ED Pubs at its Web site: www.EDPubs.gov or at 
its email address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this program as follows: CFDA number 84.116F.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, 
or computer disc) by contacting the person listed in this section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant 
address the selection criteria that reviewers use to assess your 
application. There is a limit for the application narrative of no more 
than 40 pages using the following standards.
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.

    Note: For purposes of determining compliance with the 40 page 
limit, each page on which there are words will be counted as one 
full page.

     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, except titles, headings, 
footnotes, endnotes, quotations, references, and captions. Charts, 
tables, figures, and graphs in the application may be single spaced.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger; or, no 
smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). However, you may use a 10 
point font in charts, tables, figures, graphs, footnotes, and endnotes.
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial.
    The 40-page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet, the 
table of contents; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative 
budget justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or 
Abstract and Information page, the resumes (three-page limit), the 
citations or full studies, or letters of support.
    If you include any attachments or appendices not specifically 
requested and required for the application, these items will be counted 
as part of the narrative for the purposes of the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: May 16, 2014.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 30, 2014.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to section IV.7. Other Submission 
Requirements of this notice.

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    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 29, 2014.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this program.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification 
Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the 
Department of Education, you must--
    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a 
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award 
Management (SAM) (formerly the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)), the 
Government's primary registrant database;
    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
    d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information 
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you 
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number 
can be created within one to two business days.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or 
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. 
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal 
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a 
new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
    The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business 
days, but may take upwards of several weeks depending on the 
completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by 
an entity. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal 
financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, 
please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number 
and TIN. We strongly recommend that you register early.

    Note: Once your SAM registration is active, you will need to 
allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in 
Grants.gov and before you can submit an application through 
Grants.gov.

    If are currently registered with SAM, you may not need to make any 
changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated with your 
DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will need to update your 
registration annually. This may take three or more business days.
    Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further 
assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in 
SAM or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a SAM.gov 
Tip Sheet, which you can find at www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.
    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, 
you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized 
Organization Representative (AOR), and (2) register yourself with 
Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the 
following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.
    7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify 
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the 
instructions in this section.

a. Electronic Submission of Applications

    Applications for grants under the First in the World Program, CFDA 
number 84.116F, must be submitted electronically using the Government-
wide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you 
will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it 
offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email 
an electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in 
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    You may access the electronic grant application for First in the 
World Program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable 
application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not 
include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 
84.116, not 84.116F).
    Please note the following:
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if 
it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov 
system--after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply 
with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from 
Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application 
because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 
4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this competition to ensure that 
you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov 
system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures 
pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 
system home page at www.G5.gov.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
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application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you 
qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as 
described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in 
paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: The 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of 
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
certifications.
     You must upload any narrative sections and all other 
attachments to your application as files in a PDF (Portable Document) 
read-only, non-modifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or 
fillable PDF file. If you upload a file type other than a read-only, 
non-modifiable PDF or submit a password-protected file, we will not 
review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by email. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC 
time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this 
notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you 
experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk 
Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a 
technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that 
problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30:00 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The 
Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether 
your application will be accepted.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply 
only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the 
Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed 
to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before 
the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem 
you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your 
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application 
through the Grants.gov system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Grants.gov system;

and

     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days; or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application.
    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be 
postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must 
receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the 
application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Frank Frankfort, First 
in the World, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 
6166, Washington, DC 20006-8544. FAX: (202) 502-7877.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.

b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail 
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
CFDA 84.116F, LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original 
and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
CFDA 84.116F, 550 12th Street SW., Room 7039, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand 
deliveries daily between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC 
time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications:  If you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--

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    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this notification within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 75.210. The points assigned to each criterion are 
indicated in parentheses. Applicants may earn up to a total of 100 
points for the selection criteria. These selection criteria serve as 
the template for submitting and reviewing proposals. Additional details 
may be found in the application package under Instructions for the 
Project Narrative.
    The five selection criteria for grants in this competition are as 
follows:
    A. Significance (up to 20 points).
    The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed project.
    In determining the significance of the proposed project, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The potential contribution of the proposed project to increased 
knowledge or understanding of education problems, issues, or effective 
strategies.
    (2) The extent to which the proposed project involves the 
development or demonstration of promising new strategies that build on, 
or are alternatives to, existing strategies.
    (3) The potential replicability of the proposed project or 
strategies, including, as appropriate, the potential for implementation 
in a variety of settings.

    Note: How the proposal meets this selection criterion should be 
explained in the first section of the project narrative. Applicants 
are encouraged to begin their narrative with a description of the 
major challenges in higher education, and then indicate how their 
proposal addresses these educational challenges. Applicants are 
encouraged to focus on novel and substantially different approaches 
to these challenges. Applicants are also encouraged to consider how 
their planned innovations could be replicated at other institutions. 
If the applicant conducts a literature review, an explanation of the 
review could be useful in explaining the significance of the 
project.

    B. Quality of the Project Design (up to 30 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed 
project.
    In determining the quality of the project design, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is 
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target 
population or other identified needs.
    (2) The extent to which the proposed project represents an 
exceptional approach to the priority or priorities established for the 
competition.
    (3) The extent to which there is a conceptual framework underlying 
the proposed research or demonstration activities and the quality of 
that framework.

    Note: The applicant should explain how the project meets this 
selection criterion in the second section of the project narrative. 
Applicants are encouraged to define carefully the student population 
served, the number of students involved, and any challenges and 
needs that they are addressing through their project. Applicants are 
encouraged to describe carefully how their proposed approach is a 
new and substantially different way to address the selected 
priority. Applicants are encouraged to use the required logic model 
as the conceptual plan for the project. A simple logic model could 
be organized in four parts: Inputs, Activities, Outcomes, and 
Timelines. Inputs refer to all the resources to conduct the project. 
Activities are interventions that will be measured on multiple 
occasions. Outcomes refer to results derived from measuring and 
analyzing activities and interventions. A timeline indicates when an 
intervention takes place.

    C. Adequacy of Resources (up to 15 points).
    The Secretary considers the adequacy of resources for the proposed 
project.
    In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, 
the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The adequacy of support, including facilities, equipment, 
supplies, and other resources, from the applicant organization or the 
lead applicant organization.
    (2) The extent to which the costs are reasonable in relation to the 
objectives, design, and potential significance of the proposed project.

    Note: The applicant should explain how the project meets this 
selection criterion in the third section of the project narrative. 
Applicants are encouraged to describe the resources and capacity of 
the institution to conduct a successful project, for example, 
through letters of commitment. Letters must be appended to the 
application under Other Attachments. Additionally, applicants are 
encouraged to describe how the requested funds are reasonable in 
relation to the complexity and scale of the project.

    D. Quality of Project Personnel (up to 15 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the personnel who will carry 
out the proposed project.
    In determining the quality of project personnel for the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of the project director or principal investigator.
    (2) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of key project personnel.
    (3) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of project consultants or subcontractors.

    Note: The applicant should explain how the project meets this 
selection criterion in the fourth section of the project narrative. 
Applicants are encouraged to select a project director who is well 
acquainted with the institution and experienced in executing large 
and complex projects. A resume for the project director is required. 
Applicants are encouraged to address the qualifications of other key 
personnel. Applicants are encouraged to select a project consultant 
to serve as an evaluator who is independent of the project, has 
appropriate credentials, and has experience in survey design and 
statistical analysis. A resume for the project consultant is 
required.

    E. Quality of the Project Evaluation (up to 20 points).
    The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be 
conducted of the proposed project.
    In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are specified and measurable.
    (2) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will, if well 
implemented, produce evidence about the project's effectiveness that 
would meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards without 
reservations. The link for the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and 
Standards Handbook (Version 2.1, September 2011), can be found at: 
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/references/idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid=1.
    (3) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will, if well 
implemented, produce evidence about the project's effectiveness that 
would meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with 
reservations. The link for the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and 
Standards Handbook (Version 2.1, September 2011), can be found at: 
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/references/idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid=1.

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    (4) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide 
performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward 
achieving intended outcomes.

    Note: The applicant should explain how the project meets this 
selection criterion in the last section of the project narrative. 
Because FITW is an evidence-based program and may inform and guide 
the project work, the evaluation plan for your FITW project is very 
important. Applicants are encouraged to have a firm understanding of 
the Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness standard (as defined in this 
notice). It is also important to explain how the evaluation plan 
will guide and inform the project work.

    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    For FITW grant applications the Department intends to conduct a 
two-tier review process to review and score all eligible applications. 
Reviewers will review and score all eligible applications on the 
following four selection criteria: A. Significance; B. Quality of the 
Project Design; C. Adequacy of Resources; and D. Quality of Project 
Personnel. Eligible applications that score highly on these four 
selection criteria will have the remaining criterion, E. Quality of the 
Project Evaluation, reviewed and scored by a different panel of peer 
reviewers with evaluation expertise. Highly rated applications from 
this two-tier review process that also address the competitive 
preference priority will then have their supporting studies reviewed by 
the Department's Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and by the FITW 
program. An application will receive two extra points if at least one 
of the cited studies meets the Evidence of Promise standard and is 
relevant to the proposed project.
    In cases where two or more applications have the same final score 
in the rank order listing, and there are insufficient funds to fully 
support these both applications, the Department will consider an 
equitable distribution of grants among geographic locations.
    3. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 80.12, the Secretary 
may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is 
not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; 
has a financial or other management system that does not meet the 
standards in 34 CFR parts 74 or 80, as applicable; has not fulfilled 
the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally 
also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    To ensure that the Federal investment of these funds has as broad 
an impact as possible and to encourage innovation in the development of 
new learning materials, FITW grantees will be required to license to 
the public all intellectual property (except for computer software 
source code, discussed below) created with the support of grant funds, 
including both new content created with grant funds and modifications 
made to pre-existing, grantee-owned content using grant funds. That 
license must be worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, 
irrevocable, and grant the public permission to access, reproduce, 
publicly perform, publicly display, adapt, distribute, and otherwise 
use the intellectual property referenced above (except for computer 
software source code, discussed below) for any purposes, conditioned 
only on the requirement that attribution be given to authors as 
designated. Further, the Department requires that all computer software 
source code developed or created with FITW funds will be released under 
an intellectual property license that allows others to freely use and 
build upon them.
    3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the Department will use the following 
performance measures in assessing the successful performance of FIPSE's 
FITW grants:
    (1) The extent to which funded projects are replicated (i.e., 
adopted or adapted by others).
    (2) The extent to which projects are institutionalized and 
continued after funding.
    (3) The extent to which the metrics used to assess and evaluate 
project results measure performance under the absolute priority the 
project is designed to address.
    (4) The percentage of projects supported by FITW grants that 
produce evidence of their effectiveness at improving student outcomes 
and college affordability, especially for low-income students.
    (5) The percentage of projects supported by FITW grants that 
provide high-quality implementation data and performance feedback that 
allow for periodic assessment of progress toward achieving intended 
outcomes.
    (6) The cost per student served by FITW grants.
    (7) The cost per successful student outcome.
    If funded, you will be asked to collect and report data from your 
project on steps taken toward achieving the outcomes evaluated by these

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performance measures. Consequently, applicants are advised to include 
these outcomes in conceptualizing the design, implementation, and 
evaluation of their proposed projects. Replication, 
institutionalization, and accurate data are important outcomes that 
ensure the ultimate success of projects funded under this program.
    5. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award, the 
Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.253, the extent to which a 
grantee has made ``substantial progress toward meeting the objectives 
in its approved application.'' This consideration includes the review 
of a grantee's progress in meeting the targets and projected outcomes 
in its approved application, and whether the grantee has expended funds 
in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and 
budget. In making a continuation grant, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Frankfort, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street NW., Room 6166, Washington, DC 20006-8544. 
Telephone: 202-502-7500. You may send emails to 
OPEFirstintheWorld@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the Federal Relay Service, toll 
free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer disc) on request to 
the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
in section VII of this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the 
Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF 
you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the 
site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.
    You can also view this document in text or PDF at the following 
site: www.ed.gov/fipse.

    Dated: May 14, 2014.
Lynn B. Mahaffie,
Senior Director, Policy Coordination, Development, and Accreditation 
Service, delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of 
the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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