Proposals are to include the following:
I. Project Participants
Provide a list of the personnel who are directly involved in this project
II. Project Title and Abstract
Provide a project title and a short (300 words or less) summary of the project's rationale, intended outcome(s), and means to achieving the intended outcome(s). Please note, if approved for funding, the abstract will be included in University-wide communications and on the University website.
III. Project Narrative
A narrative (there is no limit on its length) should include information relative to the four areas described below. Please note that we have provided abbreviated examples for each area.
Description of the student success or retention problem
Abbreviated example: The freshman fall-to-spring retention data for our program compare favorably to the University average, but our fall-to-fall retention rates are at least 10% lower than the University's average of 69-70%. We know that all of our first-time freshmen meet or exceed the admission criteria for both the program and the University; we cannot, however, explain the drop from the first semester to the second year.
Presentation and description of data that support the identification of the problem
Abbreviated example: You could provide the student retention data for entering students for the past three years. The data could include the means and ranges for ACT scores and high school GPA, and the stated criteria.
Description of the plan to address the problem, including a project implementation
Abbreviated example: A plan may involve conducting a survey of students who left during those three years in order to suggest changes to the Student Orientation program, first-year seminar, academic advising, etc. Based on the feedback, changes could be implemented and the subsequent results measured.
Description of the methods to assess the extent to which the project's intended outcome(s)
Abbreviated example: Retention rates after changes could be measured and compared to both the University's current retention rates and the program's earlier retention rate; compare most recent student survey results with original survey results.
IV. Project budget
Provide both an itemized budget and a budget rationale. Projects do not require matching funds, and no budget limit has been pre-determined. If reassigned time is requested, a justification must be provided.