Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Assessment Mini Grant

Purpose:

Assessment Mini-Grants encourage development and implementation of effective program assessments by providing resources to help defray the costs of such efforts.

Goals:

  • To encourage development or implementation of assessments.
  • To promote best practices in assessment at the program/unit level.
  • To facilitate faculty/staff participation in the scholarship of assessment.

HOW MUCH CAN I ASK FOR?

Grant requests up to $2500 will be considered. The number of grants awarded will be based on the yearly budgeted amount.

The total amount awarded is subject to the availability of funds.

HOW CAN I USE THE FUNDS?

  • Expenses related to administration of certification or professional exams that provide feedback on curricular strengths and weaknesses
  • Focus group expenses (except food or other food-related expenses)
  • Survey expenses
  • Honoraria and travel for external reviewers of student work products (portfolios, projects, exhibits, performances, etc.)
  • Software applications and/or licenses
  • Support for student assistants directly involved in assessment-related activities
  • Equipment related directly to assessment activities
  • Faculty/staff stipends to develop and implement assessment measures/instruments
  • Faculty/staff travel expenses to professional conferences with an assessment track and/or to present on some aspect of the assessment program in their unit.

Assessment Mini-Grants can be used to support outcomes assessment in the following areas:

  • Undergraduate Academic Programs
  • Graduate Academic Programs
  • Administrative or Educational Support programs in Academic or Student Affairs
  • Administrative Units

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applications for a Assessment Mini-Grant must contain the following information:

  1. A description of the assessment activity(ies) to be funded
  2. Individual(s) responsible for each assessment activity
  3. Amount requested for each assessment activity
  4. Timeline
  5. Plan for disseminating results to program faculty/staff

APPLICATION

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

The application period is January 1 – May 31 for funding during FY2017-18. Note that this is now FY instead of AY. Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Planning & Effectiveness, H.F.R. 440. All questions about the applications should be addressed to Steve Wallace, Director of Assessment, swallace@wcu.edu. Review of the grant proposals will be completed by the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee or the Operational Outcomes Assessment Committee.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES IF I RECEIVE A ASSESSMENT MINI-GRANT?

At the conclusion of the funding year, all grant recipients must provide:

  • a report summarizing the activities completed and funds expended, and
  • a summary of the actions taken or proposed as result of the assessments

Additionally, grant recipients must be willing to share the results of the project in a campus-wide assessment forum, when requested.

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