In an effort to support continuous improvement, the Assessment Initiative Award program provides monetary and professional support to cover some of the costs of conducting assessment studies or program evaluation.
The award program provides three awards of $2,000 each to individuals or teams proposing projects that will assess outcomes at the program or department/school/unit level (no single course assessment proposals will be considered). The application materials (proposal narrative, itemized budget, and supportive letter) will be reviewed by members of the Assessment Advisory Council and University Assessment Services staff.
For more information, see the guidelines and contact us if you have any questions. Application materials are due on Friday, October 14, 2016, and can be mailed (Campus Box 2500) or emailed (assessment@IllinoisState.edu) to University Assessment Services.
Recent award recipients include:
The development of rubrics during a faculty retreat and the collection of external stakeholder feedback through surveys, interviews, and focus groups for the recently-accredited Public Relations program in the School of Communication to adjust course content where needed.
A qualitative review of student writing within a longitudinal research model for the ISU Writing Program in the Department of English to better document the multiple kinds of writing students complete, to better understand how students' coursework can positively influence their writing across academic, co-curricular, and workplace settings, and to improve the courses offered through the ISU Writing Program.
A mixed methods approach to program evaluation for Student Counseling Services' outreach programming for international students to collect data on their needs and awareness of campus resources for program improvement and follow-up investigations.
An assessment of the Environmental Health program in the Department of Health Sciences focused on designing rubrics, incorporating stakeholder feedback, and selecting a standardized tool to examine students' technical/professional communication skills, professional knowledge preparation, and critical thinking dispositions and skills.
An examination of student learning and progress in the Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) sequence in the Mennonite College of Nursing through faculty review and discussion of student assignments and reflections contained in their portfolios as a pilot study within the context of the program's established summative assessment processes.