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Institutional Research & Assessment

Mini-Grants for Assessment

OIRA frequently awards assessment-related funding to assist with academic assessment activities. These grants are available for departments/programs that wish to improve their assessment approaches in meaningful ways that can better help inform future curricular changes. This is in recognition of the fact that continual assessment and innovation often require additional faculty time and effort for start-up activities, extra meetings, and/or development of materials that department/program budgets may not be able to comfortably support.

The Office of Institutional Research & Assessment is pleased to offer mini grants to assist with assessment-related activities. These grants are available for departments/programs that wish to improve their assessment approaches in meaningful ways that can better help inform future curricular changes, and to administrative units seeking to improve their assessment approaches. This is in recognition of the fact that continual assessment and innovation often require additional faculty time and effort for start-up activities, extra meetings, and/or development of materials that department/program budgets may not be able to comfortably support.

Range of Funding:$500–$1,000 per academic degree program or admnistrative unit. Requests for funding beyond this range will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Appropriate uses of funds:

  • Assessment planning activities (off-campus retreat site costs, including meals during retreat); development of new or substantially revised assessment plans
  • Faculty stipend(s) to develop specific assessment tools and techniques such as scoring rubrics, exit interview/survey instruments, etc., to implement or improve assessment plans
  • Purchase of assessment resources (e.g., books, journals, software) for your department or program
  • Curriculum redesign efforts (small- or large-scale) informed in some way by previous assessment results
  • Start-up efforts to develop data collection and analytical approaches for assessment techniques not previously used by the academic program
  • Texts or other materials that your department/program may use for curricular change
  • Travel to conferences, workshops, or other sites that will directly assist in curricular or programmatic improvement
  • Stipend for a consultant to work with your department or program on improving the assessment plan that is in place
  • Guest speaker on assessment or programmatic improvement

Please note: These funds cannot be used as student stipends or for items/materials that should be covered by programmatic budgets.

How to Apply:

Please submit abrief written proposal (1-2 pages) that includes the following information:

  1. Department name and contact info for project leadership (or Dept. Chair)
  2. Approval signature of Department Chair (email is fine if submitted by the Chair or Program Director)
  3. Specific academic program(s) that will benefit from the mini-grant
  4. Individual(s) involved in the project, and their roles
  5. Purpose: Describe the specific aspects of the department/program curriculum or assessment process that will benefit from the mini-grant effort, and specific work that will be accomplished during the grant period
  6. Timeframe: Estimated time period during which the work will be accomplished
  7. Budget: Itemized costs for planned expenses, and total mini-grant request

Submission Deadline: Please submit your proposal by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) as an email attachment to the OIRA Office email at oira@butler.edu. Any questions should be directed to either OIRA Director Nandini Ramaswamy (nramaswa@butler.edu, x9032), or Tom Paradis (tparadis@butler.edu, x8972).

Decisions will be announced by spring break.

Reporting Out: Please plan to describe in detail the uses/results of the mini-grant project within the next scheduled annual assessment report (due December 31, 2018).