Deadline extended: Apply for mini-grant to support assessment of student learning

Case Western Reserve is committed to providing students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to become leaders in a world characterized by rapid change and increasing interdependence. Assessment supports this pursuit of academic excellence by providing a means by which academic programs can continuously improve. To assist faculty and departments in assessing their programs, the Office of Outcome Assessment is providing a mini-grant opportunity. The deadline for this opportunity has been extended to March 15.

Faculty members and departments are invited to apply for the grants, which carry up to $1,000 to support program-level assessment of student learning.

The mini-grants will be awarded at the end of spring 2016 with the expectations that the project will be implemented over the next academic year (2016-2017).

Projects should focus on impacting student learning through new assessment strategies, improving existing assessment approaches, or faculty professional development in assessment. Funds may be used for attending an assessment conference or workshop, bringing in a speaker or consultant, student project assistance, or assessment tools.

The mini-grants are non-renewable, and cannot be used for faculty release or ongoing budgeted items. Budgets must conform to the rules of the proposer’s department or unit.

Applications should be sent to by March 15 and include:

  • Basic information on the person/team leading the project (e.g. name, department, role)
  • A brief statement of purpose (no more than two pages)
  • A description of how the proposed project will contribute to program assessment efforts
  • Timeline, budget and budget justification
  • Plan for communication of results within the program
  • Plan for sustainability of the project
  • Signature of department chair or unit head

Recipients will be asked to provide a brief report of project accomplishments two months after the end of the project, and will be invited to give a brief presentation of their work at a UCITE session in the fall semester of 2017.