Our approach at Benedictine University has been similar to Marietta's. While we do have targeted programs and courses, additional funding was provided with fewer restrictions. While we've done what we can to make sure that our most popular courses have been affected by those funds, we think faculty are the best ones to judge instructional success.
One unexpected difficulty we have run into is a lack of interest in participating during the academic year, which doesn't sound like a widespread experience. So we've ended up holding workshops in the summer, which are much more popular. Part of the agreement faculty sign off on involves commitment to course revision as a result of the training: they must alter their course(s) as a consequence of participating in a demonstrable way (i.e. it shows up in the syllabus as a key part of the course's construction). How they do that is best left to them. Summer workshops not only allow them the time to focus on course reconstruction, it also reduces the compensation we offer ($1,000 per week of full-time work in a computer lab, pro-rated for any missed time) and thus has allowed us to affect far more courses than we otherwise would have by providing one or two semesters of release time to a single individual.
As a private, largely liberal arts institution, our faculty respond better to invitation, reward, and the examples set by their colleagues than to mandates or measures of success compiled either by non-faculty or faculty outside their disciplines. This method seems to work well for them, as they now expect all classrooms to be equipped with new equipment, are obsessed by the reliability of our campus network, and want assurances that our campus is at least as well equipped technologically as comparable instititutions in the region. I'm confident we'll exceed our goals for impacting course transformation.
Now, if only we could only have a similar impact in what appears to be everyone's major struggle: retention.
Director of the Title III Grant
From: US Department of Education Title III List Server
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Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 9:21 AM
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Subject: Re: Justifications
We're approaching things in a slightly different way. Our goal is to
improve the learning environment at Marietta College though the use of
teaching and learning technology. Our faculty submit proposals
designating the course that they want to improve, the way in which they
want to improve it, and the role of technology in the project. You can
see the proposal guidelines at this page:
http://www.marietta.edu/~tag/IT/tigs.htm. Notice that requirement #4
addresses the assessment requirement. We leave the assessment of the
project (through student outcomes) to the faculty member, as we feel
that the faculty member is in the best position to determine the
assessment method that will measure success on the goal. (The Assessment
Committee is also available to help the faculty member articulate and
clarify the assessment method.) The proposals are then reviewed by a
subcommittee of our advisory committee, who then makes the
determination. More than one proposal have been returned to the faculty
member so that we can get the professor to clarify the assessment
Hope this helps,
Lynn Meador wrote:
>We at Umpqua Community College in beautiful Roseburg, Oregon are
>looking for some help. We are requiring all faculty who apply for
>funding from our Grant, include a justification that specifically
>addresses how the course revision, course creation, etc. will further
>our grant goals and objectives. We need to incorporate a requirement to
>measure success into those justifications and haven't found a smooth way
>to do so for those things like equipment purchases or attendance at a
>workshop. Do any of you have application forms that would address the
>issue of quantitatively measuring student success (and retention) on
>your faculty application forms? Thank-you in advance for all of your
>We welcome your looking at our web page... http://www.title3.net/ and
>if you are interested in checking out the funding request forms, you may
>fill out a (test) request by following the directions and using "test"
>as the name of the requestor. If you have feedback, we welcome that as
>well. We also welcome suggestions or forms that you have created for
>your Title III grant.
>Title III Coordinator
Laura J. Little, Ed.D.
Instructional Technologist/Director, Title III Grant
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