This course revision grant is part of Trinity's 2018-2023 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) "Starting Strong: Intentional Strategies for Improving First-Year Student Successes."
Grant Amount: $500
Grant Duration: One semester
Grant Resources: A bibliography of some relevant scholarship on research-based, best practices for first-year pedagogy can be requested by emailing Katherine Troyer. Small-group workshops may also be offered, upon interest, through the Collaborative regarding this grant opportunity, the QEP, and first-year pedagogy.
1) Starting Strong QEP course revision grants can only be awarded to faculty who teach lower-division courses with a significant number or proportion of first-year students.
2) Grant applicants are expected to meet with a staff member of the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching prior to proposal submission; discussions may focus on research on first-year pedagogy, the Starting Strong objectives, and the grant application process.
3) Grant proposals must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the proposed revised course.
Grants will be awarded to instructors whose course revision narrative and accompanying revised course syllabus illustrate the incorporation of and support for two objectives of the QEP:
Preference will be given to applications that achieve both objectives.
A course syllabus must also be included with the grant proposal and must include: basic course and instructor information, course goals/class methodology, student learning outcomes and how they will be measured, description of evaluation procedures, preview of class activities and assignments, and any other course policies.
There are a number of guidelines that instructors can follow to ensure that a course supports proven strategies for (first-year) student success. The attached course syllabus should illustrate attention to these guidelines and, when appropriate, the course revision narrative should address why the course is not adhering to one or more of the following:
In addition to teaching the course according to the proposed revisions, grant recipients will also be expected to: