QEP Funding Opportunities
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QEP Funding Opportunities


The Learning Opportunities Center provides undergraduate students, faculty and staff an opportunity to apply for funds for new or existing enhanced projects/activities that are directly related to the two areas of focus for the QEP: service learning and study abroad. The purpose of these funding opportunities is to increase undergraduate student involvement in high-impact learning opportunities that transform student perspective while engaging in practical application of learning.  

The following grant information is for projects implemented during the 2018-2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

Proposal submission due dates: 

July 6, 2018 by 4:00pm (Fall)

October 5, 2018 by 4:00pm (Spring)

February 1, 2019 by 4:00pm (Summer)

Why should you participate in QEP grant projects?
What makes High Impact Practices (HIP) effective?
What makes a course High Impact? 

 Grant Guidelines 

There are two types of grants available. The Keys to the World grant is to be used for all students involved in a course, while B.O.L.D. Project grants will be awarded to individual students. 

  1. Keys to the World Grant (up to $7,500) is an award that aims to provide financial support for new or enhanced existing high impact practice (service-learning and/or study abroad) course experiences. Undergraduate student applicants work with a faculty/staff member to develop new course initiatives or enhanced existing course projects. Undergraduate student P.I.'s are expected to take the lead on the application process, project logistics and communication with the Learning Opportunities Center (LOC). Eligibility criteria is as follows:
    • Faculty, staff or undergraduate students can apply for funding for the high impact service-learning or study abroad course(s)
    • All undergraduate students applying for grant funds must have a faculty/staff adviser that will be listed on the application form.
    • Keys to the World Grant P.I.'s are eligible for up to $750 in professional development funding per QEP grant award.
    • Complete Keys to the World online application and submit an itemized budget breakdown (including an invoice/estimate for expenses)
    • Preference will be given to newly designated service-learning or study abroad courses and to proposals that have not received QEP funding previously.
    • Undergraduate student P.I.'s must have no formal discipline charges
  2. B.O.L.D. Project (up to $3,000) - Bridging Opportunities for Leadership through Diversity (B.O.L.D.) is an award that aims to support students who have been historically underrepresented in service-learning or study abroad. This includes but is not limited to first-generation college students, students from diverse backgrounds, non-traditional, military/veteran students, and students with disabilities. At least ten B.O.L.D. awards will be granted in the amount of $3,000 for students who have not traveled abroad or participated in service-learning course(s) at APSU. The eligibility criteria for students receiving funds through this award are as follows:
    • Full-time undergraduate student at APSU
    • 3.0 cumulative GPA; Minimum 30 completed/earned credit hours at the time of the award
    • Must be able to demonstrate financial need (FAFSA application on file)
    • Complete Study Abroad/Exchange application and Keys to the World application (including essay)
    • First time traveling abroad/participating in service-learning with APSU sponsored programs
    • Undergraduate student P.I.'s must have no formal discipline charges 


Funding Guidelines for all QEP Grant Projects

All Austin Peay State University faculty, staff and undergraduate students are eligible to submit proposal applications. All written reflection/signature assignments must be completed in D2L and assessed according to the assessment guidelines and completion dates.

An individual may be listed as the principal investigator on only one proposal in a twelve-month period, and no individual may be involved in more than two proposals during a twelve-month period. Proposals from previous recipients who have failed to complete written reflection/signature assignments or submit end-of-project reports or assessments will not be considered for future funding. 

 QEP HIP Grant Resources


Signature Assignment Writing Prompt Requirements for QEP Funded Projects

  1. Use the suggested prescribed prompt listed below (**Faculty can add additional prompt questions and guidelines as they deem fit**)
  2. Reflection assignment must be a minimum of 2-3 pages
  3. The reflection assignment must be included in the graded assignments for the course
  4. Optional assessment: Faculty are not required to assess the reflection assignment using the QEP rubric. However, an outside assessment team will be scoring the reflection assignment by using the QEP SLO rubric.

Please use the following prescribed prompt questions for the signature assignment. Be sure to respond to all of the following prompt questions:

Discuss how your participation in this high impact practice broadened or deepened your understanding of what you have learned in this course, other courses, or in a non-course related experience while here at APSU. Describe how you adapted and/or applied skills, abilities, theories, or methodologies you have acquired at APSU to novel or unanticipated situations you encountered during your participation in this high impact practice. What aspects of your participation in this specific high impact practice were the most rewarding and most challenging to you, and why? Discuss both the successes and the failures you experienced during your participation in this project. How did this experience shape your ability to respond to new and challenging situations that you may encounter, both personally and professionally? 


For more information regarding all QEP funding opportunities, please contact Dr. Ashlee Spearman, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan, at (931) 221-7045 or  spearmana@apsu.edu