Faculty Course Development and Grant Opportunities

Support for Innovation

Recommendation 1.7 The University will establish grants and other incentives for curricular and student success innovation in order to support additional initiatives to improve student success.

These grants could be awarded to colleges, departments and other units through a request for proposal process and then an evaluation-by-committee process like that formerly used for the Summer Grants for the Improvement of Instruction. Initially, the priority should be on Historically Difficult Courses. Ongoing support for initiatives that show an impact through assessment should be built into the process. Awardees would be expected to share the results of their projects through the Student Success Center.

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Course Redesign

Recommendation 2.13 Administrative initiatives and departmental and faculty incentives will be implemented to redesign historically difficult courses.

Redesign takes many forms and can be applied to a variety of scenarios. These initiatives may or may not involve a request-for-proposal process depending on the breadth of the redesign, whether or not the ideas are piloted in advance, and the resources required for the redesign.

    • Target incentives to redesign large lecture courses to be more effective.
    • Encourage departments to develop and offer potential “fall back” courses for students who are not progressing to graduation at an appropriate rate.
    • Encourage faculty to consider supplemental instruction alternatives for their courses. Supplemental instruction can be small, peer-facilitated sections.
    • Provide additional training to faculty on the use of technology initiatives that encourage engagement (clickers, hybrid courses, etc.).
    • Utilize the resources for course redesign of the National Center for Academic Transformation (thencat.org) for “the improved student learning outcomes, increased completion rates and reduced instructional costs that resulted from all NCAT programs.”
      • Apply the NCAT model of sharing of cost savings with departments as an incentive.
    • Encourage faculty to incorporate active learning in course design or to take advantage of existing active learning experiences already established at the institution.
    • Implement incentives for faculty to work with community organizations to offer internships as part of their coursework when appropriate.