MV Transportation Partnership

The MV Transportation Partnership is a collaboration between the City of Lawrence, KU on Wheels, MV Transportation, and KU Experiential Learning to provide funding and opportunities for students to engage in applied learning projects.

Congratulations to the 2018 MV Transportation Instructor Grant Recipients!

The University of Kansas, the City of Lawrence, and MV Transportation are pleased to announce the three KU recipients of the 2018 MV Transportation Instructor Grant. Angela Hendershot, School of Journalism, and Dr. Robert Hagen and Dr. Ali Brox, Environmental Studies Program, will receive a grant as well as additional funding to support course-based experiential learning activities.

Since 2014, MV Transportation has supported student learning through scholarships for transportation research projects. In an effort to provide more students with experiential learning, this year’s funding will benefit courses that integrate an applied learning project related to public transportation during the Spring 2018 semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is MV Transportation?
MV Transportation is the private transportation contracting firm that operates Lawrence Transit for the City of Lawrence and KU on Wheels.
Who funds the grant?
Grants are funded by MV Transportation to support experiential learning opportunities for KU students.
Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
The application is open to all KU Instructors of Record teaching undergraduate or graduate Spring 2018 courses from all KU schools and academic departments.
I am not teaching a transit focused class. Can I still apply?
Yes! Instructors teaching transportation-focused classes as well as courses outside of transportation-related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
What type of class project proposals is MV Transportation interested in?
MV Transportation is interested in funding projects that will provide students in the course with opportunities to integrate classroom learning in real-world situations, while exploring questions such as (but not limited to):
  • How can the public transit experience in Lawrence, Kansas be improved?
  • What features would make using the public transportation system in Lawrence enjoyable and personal?
  • How can Lawrence public transit and KU on Wheels better communicate the value of the public transit system in Lawrence?
  • How can meaningful experiences be created in a space that is traditionally transactional and utilitarian in nature?
  • What is the future of public transit and how can KU best partner with vendors such as MV Transit to meet the needs of the community?
What should be included in the class project proposal?
In no more than 750 words, the class project proposal should:
  • Describe the course and student learning outcomes.
  • Describe the transportation-related project students in the class will complete and how the project supports course learning outcomes.
  • Outline how student learning will be assessed.
What are the expectations for grant recipients?
Funding recipients will be required to meet the follow expectations:
  • Teach a spring 2018 class that will integrate a transportation-related applied learning project into the course content.
  • Have students publicly present final project and defined deliverables based on project proposal at the end of the Spring 2018. Deliverables can include but are not limited to scale models, project book, performance, video, data report, material samples, financial model, etc. as appropriate for the class project.
  • Have students participate in a group reflection session at the end of the project with transit representatives at the end of the semester.

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