Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria
Submissions will be accepted from University of Toronto faculty and staff with continuing appointments.
The primary beneficiary of the proposal must be domestic or permanent resident status learners from Ontario who are underrepresented at universities and who might not access or thrive in post-secondary education without the provision of supports, pathways, structured programs and/or opportunities to continue learning at the post-secondary level.
|Priority Advancement||Supports the advancement of APUF goals through alignment with at least one APUF priority: Initiatives should connect to at least two of the three Presidential Priorities (Appendix B).|
|Connection to Access to Post-Secondary Education||The initiative responds to goals related to access to post-secondary education in the short (0-2 years), medium (2-4 years), or long-term (5 years or more).|
|Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)||The proposal addresses Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) goals to further divisional access goals. A critical equity lens and access or equity theoretical framework is employed in planning and implementing the initiative. |
The proposed initiative shows an understanding of who the participants are, their unique contexts, needs and potential barriers to full participation. The initiative aims to support learners before and after the program is completed and tries to sustain a connection with participants after the program ends.
|Collaboration||The initiative involves more than one person and / or unit and / or brings together a broader cross-section of stakeholders. The initiative references and responds to strategic access priorities within a unit, faculty or division.|
|Connection to Scholarly Literature||The initiative situates the project within the relevant literature and provides a clear conceptual framework based on and grounded through relevant literature.|
|Involvement of a Student Group||The initiative partners with U of T student organizations and/or involves current U of T students as part of their access project. Where possible, efforts should be made to record student involvement on the Co-curricular Record.|
|Assessment & Evaluation||The initiative has outlined a clear assessment and evaluation mechanism. The assessment methodology should demonstrate a well-defined relationship between project outcomes, activities and the selected assessment tools.|
|Scalability||The initiative’s idea or concept is scalable within the division or to other units. The proposal clearly and specifically articulates how the project has the potential to be used by other units and / or have wide application within a division.|
|Budget||The proposal clearly presents a budget that is appropriately aligned with the initiative and articulates a strong justification for each expense. Yearly expenses continue to build off existing and created resources.|
|Sustainability & Feasibility||The initiative has clear and specific potential for long-term sustainability beyond the APUF funding period. The initiative identifies planned deliverables based on specific timelines and resources.|