From Mark Lieberman in Inside Higher Ed:
Last year, when Congress authorized a second round of $5 million in federal funding for programs that support open educational resources, senators included explicit instructions to the Department of Education, which administers the grant program:
- Conduct a new competitive process for grant applications in 2019.
- Disperse funds among at least 20 proposals, rather than devoting $5 million to one program, as happened last fall.
But the department appears to have gone in a different direction. Earlier this year, it quietly awarded $2.5 million to each of two applicants from last year’s submission pile. This year’s winning programs are based at Chippewa Valley Technical College and Arizona State University, according to representatives of both institutions.
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