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Resource: Ramona Munsell & Associates

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Where: Sheraton Convention Center Hotel & Casino


Ramona Munsell, President of Ramona Munsell & Associates, Inc. (RMA) (with offices in the states and now in Puerto Rico), along with RMA Senior Associate, Don Munsell, and RMA Associate Madeleine Correa Zeigler, offered a specialized workshop for institutions interested in applying for grants. RMA, a proven resource for higher education institutions for over 25 years, presently works with public and private institutions in 33 states and Puerto Rico, authored a third of all successful Title V applications in the last two competitions, including 32% of the new post-baccalaureate grants funded nationwide and 50% of those awarded in Puerto Rico.


Topic I: Title V Funding Opportunities

Participantss interested in applying for individual, cooperative, and/or post-baccalaureate Title Vgrants learned more about the types of Title V grants including:

Undergraduate individual—approximately $2.8 million

Undergraduate cooperative—approximately $3.5 million

Graduate individual—approximately $2.8 million

In addition, presenters discussed the characteristics of Title V grants, (eligibility requirements, funding periods, award amounts, application structure and content, review process and criteria) and time and personnel requirements for preparing a Title V application. Presenters placed special emphasis on the new graduate program, Title V Part B, Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) program.

 Topic II: Title V Project Management and Evaluation Strategies

Part II of the pre-conference workshop focused on Title V compliance and evaluation. Participants learned how a structured approach to grant management can create a project that is always in compliance with federal regulations and OMB Circulars and discussed grant administration, fiscal administration/expanded authorities, prior approval requests, electronic reporting, audit readiness, and evaluation.

This session also demystified the role of project evaluator and offered tips for optimizing the services of an external evaluator, focused on internal as well as external evaluation. RMA associates have evaluated hundreds of Title III/V grant projects and are members of the American Evaluation Association.


Academic Fair

When: January 13, 2010

Where: Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino

San Juan, PR (video about Puerto Rico)

As an additional value, HETS provided a space to its Member Institutions to showcase their Academic Offerings

to Puerto Rican students. This fair was promoted among High Schools and undergraduate students from Puerto Rico.

HETS First Annual Best Practices Showcase:

Selection Process

Conference presentations were selected through a rigorous evaluation process led by the HETS Best Practices Showcase Evaluation Committee. The Evaluation Committee assessed all submitted projects utilizing the following criteria:

  • Project Innovation
  • Hispanic focus (attention to Hispanic population`s needs)
  • Meaningful technology use
  • Demonstrated benefit to students
  • Demonstrated effective use of resources
  • Demonstrated benefit to institutional efficiencies
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Creative approach to proposed session/presentation
  • Level of collaboration incorporated
  • Lessons learned

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