Class-Linked Academic Support: Course Coordination Initiative Request for Proposals FY10 The Director of Class-Linked Academic Support and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs request proposals from academic units for pilot programs that integrate course coordination with Supplemental Instruction (SI) or other forms of class-linked academic support. These pilot programs will target lower division courses with multiple sections, a high total enrollment, and a history of high or highly variable student attrition (withdrawal), poor academic performance (D or F grades), or both. The goal is to foster consistently effective educational practices by curricular coordination and support in high impact courses. Funding will support: 1) faculty release or stipends for leadership or other contributions toward strengthening student outcomes and coordination among multiple course sections; 2) Supplemental Instruction or another form of academic support to students (this will be provided through and orchestrated by Class-Linked Academic Support); and 3) assessment of impact of coordination and academic support to students (this may be done by Class-Linked Academic Support, the department, or jointly). Successful pilot programs will be prioritized for continued funding. Proposals should be submitted by May 8, 2009. The Director of Class-Linked Academic Support will consult with departments interested in developing proposals. Proposals will be reviewed by the Director of Class-Linked Academic Support and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and successful proposals announced by May 30. Programs selected for funding will be expected to finalize a plan for coordination and academic support in consultation with the Director for implementation in Fall 09 or Spring 10. Proposal Template: 1. Course Information: Include a course description, syllabus, total enrollment, number of sections taught each semester or year for the past two years, course numbers for these sections, grade distribution for these sections (this last can be provided by Class-Linked Academic Support). Also indicate what, if any, sort of course coordination is already in place. 2. Proposed format of coordination and academic support: How would you envision course coordination being carried out? (Potential coordination strategies include: regular meetings of all section instructors; common syllabi; common evaluations; meetings of all SI Leaders with all instructors; SI Leader coordinator meeting with course coordinator; some form of academic support other than, or in addition to, Supplemental Instruction). Which of these or other interventions is already taking place? It is important that there is a clear plan for linking course coordination with Supplemental Instruction or the academic support that is proposed. Proposals that do not provide this link to Supplemental Instruction or another form of class-linked academic support will not be considered. In courses with multiple sections, course coordination in which instructors cover the same material, in the same order, at the same pace, with common exam times would be helpful in assigning SI leaders to cover multiple sections. Proposals that present alternative means of delivering SI such as virtual office hours, online tutorials, etc. will also be considered. 3. Timetable for implementation: The time line should include planning/preparation, semester of implementation, and assessment. 4. Assessment: What protocol do you propose to use to assess the impact of coordination? Class-Linked Academic Support will assist departments with development and implementation of an assessment plan and can provide in-kind support for assessment. 5. Budget: Funds requested will cover the direct costs of implementing the coordination, including compensation for a faculty coordinator, graduate student or undergraduate student assistance, and/or faculty development. Compensation for a faculty coordinator may be in the form of release time or stipend. If the assessment protocol requires faculty or graduate assistant time (in addition to the assessment resources consultation, data analysis of Class-Linked Academic Support), estimate the cost. 6. Participating Faculty: Identify faculty or other instructional staff expected to participate in the coordination effort. 7. Chair/Director Endorsement: Proposals should be accompanied by a brief letter of endorsement from the department or school chair or director. Questions: Contact Brandon Cruickshank, Director, Class-Linked Academic Support (3-9602 or Brandon.Cruickshank@nau.edu).
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