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Nov 2002 - Nov 2005

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD


Faculty Development Grant Proposal

VIII: Budget and Budget Narrative

A.   Proposed budget

    With respect to budget details, Augustana faculty and staff may consult Richard Hanson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Project Director, or Arlen Viste, Faculty Development Coordinator.

B.   Budget Narrative

1.   Student Learning Assessment

    a.   We propose six workshops for faculty and students focusing on student learning assessment, two for each division. The first three workshops will occur in 2003-2004, and the second three workshops will occur in 2004-2005. The workshops will be developmental, i.e., the second set will be more advanced, containing information corresponding to level three of the HLC assessment paradigm. With the help of the college Director of Assessment, who will plan these workshops, attention will be given to the unique needs of individual departments. The budgets are for materials and resources, workshop facilitators (if necessary), and support for the departments as they develop their assessment protocols.

    b.   Three competitive college-wide grants will be awarded to departments who propose innovative, incisive and forward-thinking processes. The money for these grants can be used for materials, assessment activities, pilot tests and other activities associated with these innovative projects.

    c.   Assessment Day is a way for us to identify what we are doing well, and figure out what we need to work on to improve. The budget called for will be used to (a) develop the materials and methods to be used, and (b) provide materials, e.g., CAAP tests, and provide support for the focus groups utilized during assessment day.

2.   Teaching and Learning

    a.   We expect to award two or three of these more substantial grants to faculty who propose substantive projects that will examine non-traditional teaching environments, nontraditional student groups, and other teaching/learning environments that "push the envelope." The grant money can be used for materials, human resources, consultants, software, and other support mechanisms for these projects about atypical educational arrangements.

    b.   The project calls for on-going support for the Augustana Symposium. This support will be for materials, facilities, and set-up costs for the symposium. (These grant monies will require a systematic analysis of learning outcomes from the activities associated with the symposium, and represent a small portion of the overall cost of the symposium.)

    c.   We will invite proposals to conduct two or three major projects to examine the relationship between student learning and pedagogy. The subjects of these projects will not be dictated, but the proposals must show the potential for significant impact on a large number of students, potential for a systemic impact on undergraduate education at Augustana College, and potential for generalizability to other programs at the college.

    d.   Summer Research Programs - The project will fund two to three faculty per summer for undergraduate research projects. The focus of these projects must be on more than just research . . . there must be specific attention paid to method and manner and depth of student learning within each summer project.

    e.   We will invite proposals to conduct two or three projects to examine the learning processes associated with general education. The subjects of these projects will not be dictated, but we expect them to explore the elements of students' learning of general education. Projects that make use of innovative general education methodologies or pedagogies will be encouraged. All proposals must show the potential for significant impact on a large number of students and potential for a systemic impact on undergraduate education at Augustana College.

3.   Internship Centers

    a.   The main intent here is to create 5-7 experimental centers for student interns at sites around the country. These centers will facilitate study-work activities for students in a variety of disciplines. We will make use of alumni, after appropriate orientation, to set up and operate these small centers in the selected cities. The money allocated for this project will be used to cover travel to the sites, site development, modest stipends for the selected alumni staff persons, materials and other activities that will support the development of these sites. The money used for development of these internship sites is seed money. After appropriate set-up and pilot testing, the college will assume the costs for these centers by the end of year three of the project. Finally, we anticipate exploring the relationship between these sorts of centers and the liberal arts tradition/mission of Augustana College.

4.   Expanding Educational Perspectives

    a.   Project Grants - seven to ten project grants will be awarded each year of the project to faculty who propose innovative plans (pedagogical, student-learning focused) to develop effective ways to infuse diversity, global perspectives and internationalism into existing classes. The grants can be used for software, and other materials deemed necessary.

    b.   Focused Study Grants - Four to six of these grants will be awarded across the life of the project. These are more substantial and significant efforts that offer plans for exploring diversity, globalism, expanded definitions of inter-cultural work, or systematic work with appropriate educational consortia. We anticipate awarding two to three of these grants per year.

5.   Information Technology

    a.   We will develop a faculty mentoring program around the incorporation of the World Wide Web into classroom teaching. The money will be used for materials, software, workshops and supervision and evaluation of these mentoring efforts. Participating faculty will also be supported in their determination of the impact on student learning of these technological innovations. The instructional technologist will have primary responsibility for this mentoring program.

    b.   A campus CWRI (Center for Web-based Research and Instruction) will be developed. This center, tentatively slated for location in the library, will house materials, software, teaching aids, resources and other aids for faculty and students. The instructional technologist will have primary responsibility for the development and operations of this center.

    c.   Instructional technologist - we are proposing partial support for the salary of the instructional technologist. The monies requested from the Bush Foundation will decrease systematically across the three years of the project while the college contribution increases. By the end of the project, the instructional technologist will be fully supported by the college.

6.   Vocation of the College

    a.   Faculty orientation - modest funds will be directed at revising the faculty orientation process reflecting more significantly mission-based elements of the college. Responsibility for these changes will be in the Office of Academic Affairs.

    b.   New Student Seminar - modest funds will be directed at revising the new student seminar reflecting more significantly mission-based elements of the college. Responsibility for these changes will be in the Office of Academic Affairs.

    c.   Capstone Course - modest funds will be directed at revising the capstone course reflecting more significantly mission-based elements of the college. Responsibility for these changes will be in the Office of Academic Affairs.

    d.   Mission and Vocation Workshops - funds will be aimed at developing a series of workshops for faculty on the mission and vocation of the college. These workshops will focus on student learning outcomes coming from or tied to the mission and vocation of Augustana College. The funds proposed will be used for materials, expert speakers, travel and lodging support for the participants, and other workshop-related costs.

    e.   We will establish a series of community based learning experiences (service learning) for students. These experiences will reflect the mission and vocation of Augustana College. The funds proposed will be used to establish, in partnership with community agencies, two or three community-based learning projects. Specifically, the dollars will be used for materials, support staff and programming of these efforts.

7.   Administration

    a.   In a departure from past practice, we are proposing that a faculty member, with a two course release, or a recently retired member of the faculty, be placed in charge of managing this project. This person, in concert with the Faculty Development Committee, will oversee the entire project. The dollars allocated represent the equivalent of hiring an adjunct for a two course released assignment for each year.

    b.   Augustana College administrative match is computed at 20% of the total project costs.

8.   Organizational Tasks - At first word of funding availability, an organizational retreat will occur between members of the Faculty Development Committee, the campus Director of Academic Assessment, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College, the Faculty Development Coordinator, and the Administrative Assistant. This retreat will lay out the organizational tasks for each member of the team, along with an appropriate calendar for activities.

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Links

http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/

http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/resources/assessment/index.html

http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/resources/assessment/02-Adndm-Levels.pdf


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