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Mini Grants

The University Assessment Council invites applications for assessment project mini-grants. 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. Mini-grants are available for faculty and staff to support assessment projects that promote improvements in teaching, learning, program delivery, and curricular enhancements. $6,000 will be awarded in individual grants of up to $1,000 for FY 2021.

Proposal Submission Deadline

Proposals for 2020-2021 Assessment Mini-Grants now being accepted. For priority consideration, submit proposals by March 1, 2020, to Kim Black at Campus Box 9 or kim.black@unco.edu. Complete details are available here.

View Examples of Past Funded Proposals


  • Faculty and staff on contract during FY 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021).
  • 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:

  • 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 Past Mini-Grant Recipients!