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 27, 2017, and can be emailed to University Assessment Services at assessment@IllinoisState.edu.
Recent award recipients include:
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.
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.