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Institutional Research & Assessment

Assessment Mini-Grants and Awards

Assessment Mini-Grants

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. Thursday, January 31, 2019 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, 2019).

Excellence in Assessment Awards

PURPOSE: This award aims to recognize academic and administrative units and programs for their advanced progress and accomplishment with assessment of student learning or related unit goals. Those recognized with this award will have demonstrated a thorough implementation of their annual assessment plan(s), the reporting of meaningful and useful assessment data in quantitative or qualitative forms, the discussion of findings among faculty and/or staff, and the use of findings to intentionally inform future improvements where identified. The award encourages Butler University faculty and staff to (1) encourage the deliberate uses of assessment findings to inform future improvements to academic curricula and university services and processes, and (2) promote and showcase “promising practices” in assessment by sharing practical experiences across campus.

Nomination/Review Process for the Award:

December 31: Deadline for academic and administrative units to submit their annual assessment reports.

Spring Semester: Director of assessment and accreditation provides rubric feedback to units/programs. This process identifies those units that might be eligible for the award. Director provides assessment feedback, plans, and reports of eligible units to the assessment award review subcommittee for their consideration. The subcommittee will be comprised of 2-3 members each from the academic and administrative assessment subcommittees, to be selected during fall semester for the remainder of the academic year.

June: The subcommittee will complete its review of the following documents for each eligible unit:
1) Annual assessment report(s) from the previous spring semester
2) Any previous assessment plans (if not built into reports)
3) The completed feedback rubric.

July-September: The completed recommendation list from the subcommittee will be submitted to the director of assessment and accreditation and the associate provost for dissemination of the awardees.
The director will inform awardees and will publicly announce the recognitions through appropriate media outlets.

Frequency of Recognitions: All academic and administrative units and/or programs are eligible to receive the award in non-consecutive years. In this way, every program/unit holds the potential to be recognized for commendable assessment efforts on a regular basis. Multiple awards will likely be provided each year, for a combination of professionally-accredited and non-accredited degree programs, and administrative units. 

Congratulations to the following academic and administrative units for being recognized with the Excellence in Assessment Award:

2018 Awardees:

Marketing & Communication
Indianapolis Community Requirement (Core Curriculum)
Middle-Secondary Program/English Education

2017 Awardees:

Dance
Mathematics & Actuarial Science
Registration & Records
Pharmacy Practice
Pharmaceutical Sciences