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Office of Educational Research
October 2007

Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News & Notes

The OER is pleased to present:
Planning and Implementing Your
Research Proposal from A to Z

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will
spend thefirstfour sharpening the axe.
SAbraham Lincoln

In preparing for the upcoming OER
workshop, "Planning and Implementing
Your Research Proposal from A to Z", I
consulted the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) website, proc
ess.htm. There I was shocked to see the
following: "Applicant often begins
writing application several months prior
to application due date." As a
statistician I sure would like to know the
average time spent on writing an
accepted proposal compared to a
rejected proposal! Planning, developing,
and writing a proposal takes both a
village and a whole lot of time.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of
proposals are rejected (at least on the
first attempt). In "NIH Peer Review of
Grant Applications for Clinical
Research" (JAMA; 2004; 291:836-843),
Kotchen et al. reported the following
reasons why NIH proposals are rejected:
approach to the problem (39%),

competence of investigators (38%),
nature of the problem (18%), and
conditions of the research environment
(5%). The "approach to problem" is
further broken down into the following
reasons: greater care in planning is
needed (25%); the research plan is
nebulous, diffuse and not presented in
concrete detail (8%); the planned
research is not adequately controlled
(4%); a more thorough statistical
treatment is needed (1%); and the
proposed tests require more individual
subjects than the number given (1%).

There is much we can do as a research
community in the College of Education
to improve proposal planning and
writing. We hope you will join us on
Thursday, Oct 18 from 11 am to 1 pm in
the Terrace Room/Research Commons.

We will offer a crash course on proposal
planning with materials to guide the
process. Please BYOL (bring your own
laptop) and email Cyndi Garvan
(, Statistics Director of
OER, if you have any questions.

Please RSVP to Rosie at by Monday,
October 15.

As always, doctoral students are welcome!

OER Happenings

Please mark your calendars for the
following OER events:

This month's Monday Morning Coffees
will be held in the Faculty Commons
(Access Code: 4004*) on October 8 and
October 22 at 10:00am

Coffee and continental breakfast will be
served. Please RSVP to Rosie at

We hope to see you there!

Special Recognition News!
Linda Hagedorn, Professor and Chair,
EAP. Linda recently received notice of
awards for two prestigious distinctions:
a white paper presentation for the
National Community College
Symposium in Washington, D.C., to be
co-authored with Dr. Alberto Cabrera
from the University of Maryland and
Dr. George Prather from the Los
Angeles Community College District.
Her proposal: "Community College
Course Taking Patterns", is one of those
that Synergy Enterprises Inc. (SEI) and
its partners have ranked highest for the.
The symposium is sponsored by the
Office of Vocational and Adult
Education (OVAE) and will be held in
Washington next June.

To top it off, the US Department of
Education has nominated Linda to be an

ERIC content expert in the area of
community colleges.

Congratulations, Linda!

If you have a bit of research and
scholarship related news you would like
the OER to publish in our monthly
bulletin, send Ana an email:

September Awards & Submissions

Congratulations go out to Rose Pringle,
Thomasenia Adams and Cirecie West-
Olatunji for their award from the
National Science Foundation; Mary
Brownell and Paul Sindelar for their
award from the US Department of
Education; Theresa Vernetson and
Michael Bowie for their award from the
State Community Colleges; and to Tom
Dana for his award from the Panhandle
Area Educational Consortium.

Best wishes to Joe Gagnon, Holly Lane,
and Cyndi Garvan for their proposal to
the US Department of Education.

For more details about these awards and
submissions, see the table on the next

Paul & Ana

ORB October 2007

College of Education Funded Projects September 2007

Principal Investigator: Rose Pringle
Co-PI: Thomasenia Adams and Cirecie West-Olatunji
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: An Investigation of African American Girls' Positionality in Science and
Project Period: 09/01/07-08/31/2010
Award Amount: $439,597.00

Principal Investigator: Mary Brownell Co-PI: Paul Sindelar
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education
Professional Development
Project Period: 10/01/07-09/30/2011
Award Amount: $2,500,000.00

Principal Investigator: Theresa Vernetson Co-PI: Michael Bowie
Funding Agency: State Community Colleges
Proposal Title: College Reach-Out Program (CROP)
Project Period: 09/01/2007-08/31/2008
Award Amount: $67,697.00

Principal Investigator: Thomas Dana Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Panhandle Area Educational Consortium
Proposal Title: Project SOAR: Science: Optimizing Academic Returns
Project Period: 06/01/2007-08/31/2008
Award Amount: $148,212.00

College ofEducation Submitted Proposals September 2007

Principal Investigator: Joseph Gagnon
Co-PI: Holly Lane, Cynthia Garvan
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: Alternative Schools: Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability Policies &
Practices for Students with Learning & Behavioral Disorders
Requested Amount: $594,895.00

ORB October 2007

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