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Mini Grants

The University Assessment Council funds small-scale assessment projects on an annual basis. UNC’s Strategic Enrollment and Student Success plan and strategic vision, Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, emphasize a student-first approach focused on student success. The Assessment Council supports the university’s goals and priorities by funding projects and initiatives designed to improve or enhance student learning as an important measure of student success. In FY 2021, the Assessment Council has two project priorities.

Priority 1: Mini-grants are available for faculty and staff to support assessment projects that promote improvements in teaching, learning, program delivery, and curricular enhancements. The Assessment Council is now accepting proposals for fiscal year 2022 grants. For priority consideration, proposals should be submitted to Kim Black, Assistant Provost for Academic Effectiveness, by March 29. Six $1,000 grants will be awarded for priority 1 grants. The call for proposals is available here.

View Examples of Past Funded Proposals

Priority 2: Mini-grants are available for programs to participate in a pilot project for assessing UNC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). The pilot project’s goals are to promote alignment between ILOs and program learning outcomes and evaluate tools for collecting student learning outcomes data. Any program that has student learning as part of the program mission is encouraged to apply. Six $1,500 grants will be awarded to departments or programs selected for the project.

Eligibility

  • Faculty and staff on contract during the grant award fiscal year.
  • Academic, student affairs, and student academic success departments or programs that have student learning or development as part of the program mission.
  • Individuals or teams may apply. Students may participate as team members; however, a faculty or staff member must actively serve as the PI for the project.
  • Individuals 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. The PI must be an active participant in the assessment project.

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:

  • Program assessments focused on reducing equity gaps in student learning and other success outcomes
  • Investigating specific questions about student learning in academic or co-curricular programs (e.g., why students struggle to develop a research question in the senior capstone; what types of out-of-class experiences have the most impact on career readiness, etc.)
  • Evaluating strategies for involving adjunct instructors and/or teaching assistants in program assessment

Course or Activity Level Assessment

Examples of possible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Assessments of teaching and learning in different modalities (face-to-face, online only, mixed)
  • Implementing low stakes assessment in a course and evaluating the impact on student learning
  • Assessing in class and/or co-curricular learning and development experiences that contribute to student sense of belonging

Assessment Methods

Examples of possible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Pilot testing assessment methods used across multiple courses or activities (e.g., course-embedded assignments, common exams, portfolios, etc.)
  • Evaluating the reliability and validity of assessment instruments such as multiple-choice tests or surveys
  • Developing methods for collecting learning outcomes data in co-curricular programs that don’t offer cohort-based programming

Current and Previous Awardees

Congratulations to Mini-Grant Recipients!