Defiance College receives Ohio Deans Compact Incentive Grant to promote increased resources for future educators

August 23, 2017 

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Defiance College has received the Ohio Deans Compact Incentive Grant, totaling more than $200,000. Over the course of two years, these funds will be used to improve programming to better prepare future educators to meet the needs of all learners.

Dr. Carla Higgins, Director of Education, and Dr. Rachel Eicher, Assistant Professor of Practice of Early Childhood Education, will serve as co-principal investigators to manage the grant.

“Considering what we know and understand about the needs of educators, this grant will provide us the opportunity to serve the needs of the profession as we prepare future educators,” said Dr. Eicher.

With the Ohio Deans Compact Incentive Grant, Defiance College plans to develop a dual license option for middle childhood educators and intervention specialists with input from strategic stakeholders and partnership schools. This process will ensure the greatest impact on program improvement and, ultimately, greater outcomes for P-12 learners.

The goal of the Ohio Deans Compact is improving the capacity of teacher education, educational leadership, and related services personnel preparation programs in Ohio to help prepare educators to effectively teach and support every child through collaborative inquiry, meaningful partnership, and collective action.

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Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is