University Assessment Center: 2016 – 2017 Assessment Grant Submission Outline
The purpose of these competitive grants will be to provide Seton Hall University faculty with funding to advance assessment in their program or department.
Assessment is a necessary and valuable component of best practices in higher education. This grant opportunity will provide faculty across the University with an opportunity to advance the culture of assessment in their department or program. A variety of types of projects can be proposed, from assessing a particular skill in a capstone course, to providing training to faculty so they may lead the assessment efforts of their department or program. For this grant opportunity, faculty can propose assessment projects to study how effectively students in their program are learning or how closely student outcomes match program goals. Other types of projects include gathering data to make informed decisions about a variety of key decision areas, including: admission criteria, curriculum design, use of capstone projects, employment outcomes for graduates, critical thinking skills of students at different points in their program, students' mastery of content knowledge or of key skills.
Grants with the maximum amount of $3000 will be available for assessment projects that are initiated in Fall 2016. Projects must be conducted during the 2016-2017 academic year and completed before the end of the Spring 2017 semester. The recipients of the grant will be expected to submit their preliminary findings at the end of the Fall 2016 semester and final outcomes of their projects at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.
All faculty members, program directors and department chairs are invited to submit applications using the enclosed template, by September 26, 2016. The application must include the following components:
- Summary of the project in 200 words or less, providing a broad abstract explaining the scope and purpose of the project.
- Goals of the project: Clearly identify specific project objectives as well as institutional and possible broader impact the research may yield. Examples include: assessment of acquisition of specific knowledge or skills; assessment of specific student learning outcomes; assessment to inform change in curriculum.
- Integration of technology: A description of how the department/program will use technology as part of data collection or analysis.
- Assessment plan: Provide a detailed description of how and when the data will be collected, analyzed, and reported. Include names of all key personnel involved in the project. Provide a specific timeline for the project. Provide a description of how the faculty plan to utilize the data.
- Related work: Provide a description of any previous or related assessment projects or activities that the department/program has been engaged in related to the proposed project.
- Summary: Include any additional information that will be helpful to the reviewers.
- Budget: Provide a detailed budget for the project.