2017-2018 Assessment Inquiry Grant

The Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (OAIE) piloted the Assessment Inquiry Grant program in 2016-17, awarding $1,000 to departments that seek to go above-and-beyond their program-level assessment effort.  Building upon the foundation of existing student learning outcome assessment process, the grant encourages faculty and departments to explore questions that are critical in understanding how and why student learning progresses, as well as pinpointing how to improve teaching and learning practices.  In essence, the Assessment Inquiry Grant is designed to strengthen current assessment effort and to promote a scholarship of assessment.  Ultimately, the hope is that diving deeper into how students are learning will promote a culture of data driven processes to improve student success.

For 2017-2018, ten grants were awarded.


2017-2018 Assessment Inquiry Grant Awards 

Program Communications, B.A. 
Project Lead(s): Robert Meeds, Communications; Waleed Rashidi, Communications; Amber Chitty, Communications; Michelle Kurland, Communications
Project Title: Incorporating e-Portfolios into Assessment for a New Digital Skills Competency Requirement for Communications Department Majors

Program Instructional Design and Technology, M.S. 
Project Lead(s): Barbara Glaese, Instructional Design and Technology; Cynthia Gautreau, Instructional Design and Technology
Project Title: Assessing Development of Scholarly Writing across the MS-IDT Program

Program:  Education, Literacy and Reading Concentration, M.S.  
Project Lead(s):  Brad A. Biggs, Literacy and Reading Education
Project Title: Investigation and Improvement of Graduate Writing

Program:    Civil Engineering, B.S., M.S.  
Project Lead(s):  Phoolendra Mishra, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Beena Ajmera, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Title: Improving Student Outcome Assessment Process in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Program:  American Studies, B.A., M.A.  
Project Lead(s): Carrie Lane, American Studies
Project Title: Refining the Alumni Survey as a Means of Indirect Assessment

Program:  Mathematics, B.A.  
Project Lead(s):  Laura Smith, Mathematics; Adam Glesser, Mathematics; Thomas Murphy, Mathematics; Matthew Rathbun, Mathematics
Project Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of Math 107 / 180 / 210 on the Mathematics Major

Program:  Biological Science, B.S. 
Project Lead(s): Merri Lynn Casem, Biological Science
Project Title: Construction of an Assessment Resource for B.2 Learning Outcomes in BIOL 101

Program:  Business Administration, Marketing Concentration, B.A. 
Project Lead(s):  Michael Collins, Marketing; Teeanna Rizkallah, Marketing
Project Title: Electronic Visual Media Skills Assessment

Unit:  Academic Programs 
Project Lead(s):  Mary Ann Villarreal, Office of First Year Experience
Project Title:  Assessing the Office of First Year Experience for Undeclared Students

Unit:  Library 
Project Lead(s):  Jonathan Cornforth, Technical Services Department; Richard Cho, Technical Services Department
Project Title: Measuring the Impact of First-Year-Experience Library Instruction on Student Success