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 19, 2018, and can be emailed to University Assessment Services at assessment@IllinoisState.edu.
Recent award recipients include:
The revision of assessment processes within newer graduate-level programs in the Department of Chemistry given the online format in which these programs are delivered and a consideration of how more ‘traditional’ assessments may not be as appropriate.
The determination of the reasons why students from underrepresented populations choose to participate or not to participate in Illinois State University’s Homecoming events by the Dean of Students office.
The opportunity to assess the strengths and areas for improvement, enhance student recruitment and retention, gather feedback regarding student satisfaction, and more effectively track alumni of the graduate program in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
The examination of increased demand for mental health services by university students and a consideration of the benefits and limitations of resiliency and coping skills interventions for students by Student Counseling Services.
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.