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Longwood Assessment Mini-Grant Program

Background

In recent years, the call to measure students’ competency in basic skill/knowledge areas has intensified along with ongoing demands for accountability in campus operations. Largely, this is due to changes in the political environment in which we operate. To successfully maintain our status of full compliance with federal, state, and regional accrediting requirements through a sustainable assessment system, engaging teaching faculty as well as support staff in assessment is essential. At the January 12, 2012 Longwood Assessment Conference, the President announced the establishment of the Longwood Assessment Mini-grant Program (LAMP) for the first time in the school’s history.

The Initiative

The goal of LAMP is to encourage campus-wide participation in research on and practice in assessment. LAMP grants will seek to develop the scholarship of assessment as well as explore Longwood’s best practice models in conducting assessment.

The recipients of the grants will be announced in the spring semester of each year. For each selected proposal, the final report or the progress report on implementation will be due to the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (OAIR) in December. All LAMP recipients are expected to share their major findings/experience of assessment at the Longwood Assessment Conference and other professional conferences, if selected.

For any given year, the theme of the proposal will be determined and publicized by the LAMP committee according to the university’s assessment priority. The theme announced for spring 2016 is Designing With the End in Mind.  "To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination" -- Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People    Faculty and staff continuously design assignments, courses, programs, and projects for the development and preparation of our students. In this process, how are we thinking of the end (goals, knowledge, skills) and how will we know if students and/or we have achieved the desired results? The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (OAIR) invites faculty and staff to share your design practices and results by submitting proposals for the 2016 LAMP on the theme, "Designing With the End in Mind."

Awards ($500/per award) will be given to full-time faculty and staff who submit successful proposals on this subject matter.

Application

To apply for the grant, please compose an application statement in MS Word format with a maximum length of two pages (single space). The application statement must specifically address the following:

  • Topic of the proposal,
  • Importance of the proposed topic,
  • Methodology of the proposed assessment (e.g. target population—a program, a course, a group of students, etc., instrument, outcomes and the measurements, analytic procedure to be used, etc),
  • Strategies for action planning,
  • Strategies of sharing the findings with other colleagues,
  • Timeline of implementation,
  • Applicant information,
  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Department (faculty),
  4. Division/Unit (staff)
  5. E-mail address
  6. Phone number

Applications must be submitted to Dr. Ling Whitworth electronically by 3/31/16. The award announcement will be made in April 2016.

LAMP Committee

Chaired by the Director of OAIR, the LAMP committee membership includes the Assessment Coordinator, the Director of General Education, one staff, and two teaching faculty members. The committee will review the proposals, recommend the grant recipients, monitor the progress in implementation, coordinate campus wide dissemination of the findings, and assess and report the outcomes of the LAMP project to internal and external agencies.

LAMP Sponsors

The sponsors for LAMP 2016 include

Center for Academic Faculty Enrichment (CAFÉ)

College of Business and Economics

College of Education & Human Services

College of Graduate & Professional Studies

Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences

Greenwood Library

Office of Assessment & Institutional Research

Office of Provost/VP, Academic Affairs

Office of VP for Administration & Finance

Office of VP for Institutional Advancement

Office of VP for Student Affairs