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Mini Grants

The Office of Assessment and the University Assessment Council sponsor competitive assessment mini-grants. The purpose of the grants is to help faculty and staff, programs, and departments improve program-level and course-level student learning outcomes assessment. Approximately ten grants of up to $1500 each are awarded annually.

Proposal Submission Deadline

Proposals for 2019-2020 Assessment Mini-Grants now being accepted. For priority consideration, submit proposals by March 1, 2019 to Kim Black at Campus Box 9 or kim.black@unco.edu. Complete details are available here.

View Examples of Past Funded Proposals


  • Academic, student services, and co-curricular departments or programs that have student learning or development as part of the program mission.
  • Individuals or teams of two or more people may apply. Students may participate as team members; however, a faculty or staff member must serve as the PI for the project.
  • All faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, and contract renewable) and student services/cocurricular staff who will be on contract for the funding period are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may submit only one application on which the individual will serve as the PI. There are no restrictions on the number of applications on which an individual may be listed as a team member.

General Funding Priorities

While all assessment-related proposals will be considered, funding priority will be given to projects that address one or more of the following topics:

Program-Level Assessment 

Examples of possible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging students in assessment planning
  • Assessment of co-curricular learning and development experiences
  • Organizing faculty or staff development specific to assessment in the discipline or program
  • Involving adjunct or teaching assistants in assessment

Assessment Methods

Examples of possible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Developing or refining rubrics for program-level assessment
  • Evaluating reliability and validity of multiple-choice tests
  • Developing or revising assessment methods used across multiple courses or activities for program-level assessment (course-embedded assignments, exams, portfolios, etc.)
  • Designing or revising surveys used for indirect assessments of student learning
  • Conducting focus groups with students and/or other stakeholders
  • Improving inter-rater reliability for assessments analyzed by two or more individuals

Previous Awardees

Congratulations to 2018-2019 Mini-Grant Awardees!

Past recipients