Revitalize Academic Success Initiative (RASI)
The Center for Teaching and Learning's goals to “Strengthen Student Retention” and “Revitalize Faculty Development” call for faculty-initiated and -developed projects that make substantial changes in pedagogy or delivery methods for the promotion of student retention and success. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides financial incentive and academic support for faculty to revitalize high-enrolled courses that traditionally have had low success rates. The Revitalize Academic Success Initiative (RASI) Committee was established by the APSU Faculty Senate to review and select projects to incentivize and implement. Typically course revitalization occurs during Spring/Summer semesters and pilots during Fall semesters. Courses with lower enrollment also are considered for funding. Participation is open to all full-time faculty.
A stipend of $8,800 will be paid to a team of at least two faculty members whose proposal is selected to revitalize a course with an enrollment of 100 or more students per academic year. A stipend of $4,400 will be paid to any team whose proposal is selected to revitalize a course with fewer than 100 students. A stipend of $4,400 will be paid to a single faculty member whose proposal is selected to revitalize a course, regardless of its enrollment size. One half of the stipend is distributed upon selection, the other half upon completion of all aspects of the project: attending faculty development, developing the course, piloting of the course, evaluating the outcome of the project, and disseminating the results to faculty.