Apply for a 2018 Assessment Grant

Call for Proposals

2018 Assessment Grants

Deadline for Grant Proposal Submission: April 20, 2018

Notification of Grant Recipients: April 27, 2018

Deadline for Use of Funds: June 30, 2018 (end of fiscal year)

The University Academic Assessment Council (UAAC) invites applications for assessment grants. These grants are available for faculty and staff to support the assessment and improvement of student learning in academic departments or programs, including academic student support areas. Grants of up to $3,000 per program will be awarded.

Funds may be used for one of the following:

  • “Close the Loop” Assessment Grant – Has your program’s assessment activities shown that the program is not achieving the set criterion for one of the program’s learning outcomes? Do you have an idea for improvement, but need the funds to implement the plan? Apply for an assessment grant to implement an action plan from a recent assessment report (must be in a 2015-16, 2016-17, or 2017-18 Xitracs assessment report). This may include, but is not limited to, curriculum development activities or resources, faculty development activities or resources, or the purchase of software or equipment.
  • Curriculum Mapping Assessment Grant – Funds may be used for summer stipends for a small team of faculty in an academic program to create a curriculum map for the program. What is a curriculum map? Essentially, a curriculum map shows the alignment of courses in a program with the student learning outcomes of the program. The map can be used to identify gaps in the curriculum, can show the program where are the optimal places in the curriculum to collect assessment data for a particular outcome, and can be used to communicate with students and others why certain courses are required for completion of the program.
  • Professional Development Assessment Grant- Funds may be used for an individual or a small team within a department to travel to an assessment conference: Either a discipline-specific assessment conference or one of the conferences listed below. Please note that if the conference is after June 30, this grant will only cover the cost of registration for the conference.
    • 14th Annual NCICU Assessment Conference at High Point University on June 13, 2018
    • AALHE 2018 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 4-June 7, 2018
    • 2018 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis October 21-23 (registration fee only)
    • Drexel University Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment in Philadelphia September 12-14 (registration fee only)
    • Virginia Assessment Group Annual Conference in Charlottesville Nov. 4-6 (registration fee only)

Award Requirements:

  • Funds must be used exclusively for expenses related to the assessment project.
  • All funds must be spent by the end of the fiscal year. Again, please note that this means if funds are being requested to attend an assessment conference that will be held after June 30 then this grant will only cover the cost of registration and will NOT cover travel expenses.
  • If applying for funds to implement an action plan or create a curriculum map, award recipients are required to attend a workshop for which they will be paid an additional small stipend.
  • Award recipients must provide a brief summary of the completed assessment project to the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning (IRAP) by September 1, 2018 (unless attending a conference after that date). Award recipients agree to allow IRAP and/or UAAC to share what grant recipients have accomplished with their award through workshops, presentations, websites, or other resources to further facilitate assessment efforts at Appalachian.
  • Where appropriate, assessment activities related to the grant should be reflected in Xitracs reports for the program or department. For example, if funds were used to implement an action plan, a future assessment report should reflect a “close the loop example.” Likewise, programs would input new curriculum maps into Xitracs.

Selection Process:

Complete the 2018 Assessment Grant Application.

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the University Academic Assessment Council.

Applications submitted by the April 20 deadline will receive priority. Proposals received after the deadline will be considered until all funds have been awarded.

Submit Completed Proposals to:

Submit printed proposals to Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning, ASU Box 32078 or scan and e-mail to Apriale Neill, IRAP Senior Assessment Associate, at


Published: Apr 6, 2018 3:41pm