RFP Open - Making a significant difference in retention, completion and outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners
Ako Aotearoa are commissioning four co-funded projects aimed at making a significant difference in retention, completion and outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners
Building on the success of the 2016 National Project Fund process that invited proposals on strategically important aspects of tertiary education, Ako Aotearoa is pleased to announce the RFP for 2017 proposals targeted at specific objectives. This year we are focusing on the ongoing issues around Māori and Pasifika student success.
We will co-fund up to four projects in 2017 aimed at making a significant difference in retention, completion and outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners. Depending on the number of proposals received and the total that fit the selection criteria, an ideal set of projects would be two projects that focus on Māori learners, one project aimed specifically at Pasifika learners, and a fourth project that takes a more intercultural approach and creatively explores ways to address common issues around the success of both priority learner groups.
While there is a body of evidence on how to improve outcomes for these priority groups, we feel that some new thinking is required to make a significant difference. We want to see innovative approaches to projects that extend and develop the existing knowledge base by creating new modes, formats and methods for project design and implementation.
Thus, our general expectation is that successful projects will provide evidence of creative combinations of approaches that address the systemic issues, through:
- transformations in teaching and assessment practices;
- holistic approaches to student support;
- innovative uses of digital technologies and emerging applications of learning analytics;
- effective use of culturally appropriate physical and temporal spaces for learning;
- the development of culturally responsive pedagogies underpinned by Māori and Pacific values, and appropriate shifts in institutional policies and quality models; and
- projects that will have a measurable influence on the success rates of Māori and Pasifika learners.
In this RFP we recognise that Māori are a Treaty partner and tangata whenua, and historically disadvantaged in tertiary education, and that Pasifika are an important culturally related group sharing a common Polynesian ancestry and similarly disadvantaged in tertiary education. The conjoint fund recognises how both groups of students are similarly disadvantaged within the system.
Ako Aotearoa is the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Our vision is the best possible educational outcomes for learners. Our mandate includes funding large scale change projects i.e. projects that seek to achieve evidence-based, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning practice for the benefit of learners.
The project will be funded through the Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund (NPF). The NPF seeks to:
- enhance educational outcomes for learners
- build a coherent and cumulative body of knowledge effective tertiary teaching and learning in Aotearoa – New Zealand
- promote collaboration across and within different parts of the tertiary education sector, including between researchers and practitioners
- build research capability and capacity.
How to apply
Please watch this short webinar with information about the NPF fund and application process
|Download the webinar information (200kb PDF)
Please read the RFP Specifications for Proposals (480kb PDF)
Please complete the RFP Proposal Form (125kb .DOCX)
This RFP will also be released on the Government Electronic Tenders Service(GETS) coming soon
Proposals must be emailed to Alexia Tuhi on email@example.com as a PDF file not later than 5pm Friday 06 October. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicants may submit their draft proposal for Ako Aotearoa staff feedback, and we promise to provide that feedback within five working days. Review service opens 11 September. Contact Alexia Tuhi
- Request for Proposals (RFP) opens – 18 August
- Review service opens – 11 September
- Review service closes – 29 September
- Submissions close – 06 October
- Selection panel meets – week of 30 October
- Contracts concluded with succesful applicants – by 15 December