Revitalization for Academic Success Initiative
Frequently Asked Questions
Any full time, tenured or tenure track faculty may apply for a grant.
The money from the stipend is a financial reward for revitalizing a section of your course. There are no requirements about how you spend the money. It is simply incentive money to encourage faculty to think more closely about how students might succeed at a higher rate in this particular course. Half will be paid upon selection, the other half upon completion of the evaluation of the project.
Any course may be redesigned. The stipend is 4400.00 for courses with fewer than 100 enrolled.
Yes. A course does not have to undergo a complete makeover to be a candidate for this initiative.
No. Many projects do involve technology because that’s where our students live, but your specific proposal does not have to involve technology.
Yes! In fact one goal of the program is to build courses that have a variety of approaches to the same material. This will allow students to find a section of a course that suits their particular learning style.
Our Office of Title III Grants will provide assistance to all faculty in the preparation of their Course Revitalization Proposal.
Generally speaking, a course has a low success rate if the D, F, W rate is 35% or higher.
In one instance, a faculty member videotaped 10 minute introductions to each chapter and put the videos on YouTube. Another faculty member might want to rework a set of handouts that have needed to be redone for some time to bring them more up to date with current scholarship or pedagogy. A third member might want to work up a podcast or put a video into the D2L shell for a course. A fourth might want to rethink the use of peer teaching strategies in a particular course. Let’s open up that last one a bit further. The faculty member wants to use peer teaching, so s/he builds an assignment that has a specific set of instructions for the peer teachers. Let’s say that the activity involves someone in a foreign language class acting out the vocabulary in a particular chapter rather than just sitting passively and memorizing vocabulary in a one on one peer tutoring session. It takes time to set up the parameters for how that acting out will happen, when it will occur in the class, how it will be assessed, and so on. The Title III Grant provides some incentive money for the faculty member to take the time to sit down and work all of that out and put it into effect.