Hybrid Initiative

In December 2009, responding to the Chancellor's call for the expansion of hybrid (partly online, partly in-class) instruction at CUNY, the central Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to ready significant numbers of hybrid courses for fall 2010 and beyond. As part of this initiative, OAA organized cross-campus institutes involving team leaders and other representatives from participating campuses. The institutes facilitate the sharing and use of resources and the development of best practices, as do the use of group discussions and blogs on the CUNY Academic Commons.

OAA received 15 proposals of the 2010-11 academic year and funded 9,. Evaluating them according to several criteria, including impact (number of faculty involved, number of hybrid courses and sections offered, number of students reached, conservation of classroom space, and learning outcomes); capacity to serve as a successful model at the campus and University-wide; potential for scaling and sustaining innovations; and demonstration of significant campus commitment to the project. The 9 campuses, project titles, team leaders, and OAA funding amounts are listed below:

Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hybrid Online Program, Dean Erwin J. Wong ($36,000)
Bronx Community College, Hybrid Course Development Program, Dr. Howard Wach, Director of the Office of Instructional Technology ($46,920)
College of Staten Island, Fostering Hybrid Delivery Format Utilization in Introductory Courses, Associate Provost Susan L. Holak ($25,220)
Hostos Community College, Hybrid Course Development Program, Dr. Carl J. Grindley, Director of the Office of Instructional Technology ($30,000)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Proposal to Establish Models of Hybridization, Professor Adam Wandt ($48,414)
LaGuardia Community College, Hybrid Initiative, Professor Santo Trapani ($48,000)
Lehman College, Blended Online Initiative, Associate Provost Robert Whittaker ($27,250)
Medgar Evers College, Hybrid Initiative, Dean Jennifer Sparrow ($33,800)
Queens College, Mentoring Faculty Who Teach Online, Professor Eva Fernandez, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning ($30,000)

In late 2010, OAA issued a second RFP, receiving and approving 6 more proposals for the 2011-12 academic year. The 6 campuses, project titles, team leaders, and OAA funding amounts are listed below:

Baruch College, Short Term Faculty Incentives to Increase Hybrid Class Offerings, Professor Linda Friedman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Zicklin School of Business, ($37,110)
City College, Hybrid Initiative, Dr. Bruce Rosenbloom, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ($39.400)
Hunter College, Hybrid Initiative, Professor James G. Lengel, School of Education ($34,500)
Kingsborough Community College, Hybrid Initiative, Dr. Reza Fakhari, Associate Provost ($49,730)
New York City College of Technology, Hybrid Initiative, Ms. Karen Lundstrem, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services ($44,490)
York College, Hybrid Initiative, Dr. Harry Rosen, Dean of the School of Business and Information Systems ($18,000)

In early 2012, another RFP invited campuses to show what more they might do to ensure more dissemination and classroom conservation. Nine campuses responded, and eight received further funding for the 2012-13 academic year. The eight campuses, team leaders, and OAA funding amounts are listed below:

Borough of Manhattan Community College, Erwin J. Wong, Dean for Academic Programs and Instruction, $25,000
Bronx Community College, Stephen Powers, Interim Director of Instructional Technology, $25,000
Hostos Community College, Richard Savior, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, $15,000
Hunter College, Lucinda R. Zoe, Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, $20,000
LaGuardia Community College, Santo Trapani, Hybrid and Online Coordinator, LaGuardia Community College, $25,000
Lehman College, Alyson Vogel, Associate Director of the Office of Online Education, $25,000
Queens College, Eva M. Fernández, Director of Center for Teaching & Learning, $25,000
New York City College of Technology, Karen Lundstrem, Director of Instructional Technology & the Technology Enhancement Center, $4,500