Office of Academic Affairs Coordinated Undergraduate Education Initiative Request by lundentown


									                                     Office of Academic Affairs
                           Coordinated Undergraduate Education Initiative
                                    Request for Proposal (RFP)
                                          Due May 1, 2006

The Mission of the Coordinated Undergraduate Education Initiative, now in its second year, is to
improve the quality of undergraduate education by drawing together the fundamental components of the
undergraduate experience. By connecting and integrating academic programs, academic support, and
student services, we create the conditions for students to succeed – from the first year of college to the
last. The CUE Initiative is a powerful vehicle for effecting change, improving teaching and learning, and
thereby raising retention and graduation rates.

Expectations for CUE Proposals. During the past year, we have learned a great deal about what impedes
student success at CUNY. We expect, therefore, that the new CUE Grant Proposals will be informed by
the recommendations made by the Reading and Writing Taskforce, the Retention Taskforce, and the Math
Study, and by the challenge, ultimately, of creating a culture that makes success possible at every turn.
The reports produced by these taskforces, the Campaign for Success, and national studies such as “The
Toolbox Revisited” should generate fresh thinking about how to address the obstacles to student success.
CUE, implemented to its fullest potential, takes the “islands of success” and links them to the mainland.
Learning communities in the first year accomplish little if they are disconnected from pre-freshman
summer programs, general education, the sophomore year, or academic advising. Reading, just as
writing, needs to be developed as a fundamental academic literacy throughout the curriculum. All the
parts of the undergraduate experience need to be connected.

We invite you this year to break away from outdated notions of “USIP,” but not to abandon pre-freshman
summer programs that give students the opportunity not only to pass skills tests but also to begin their
lives as college students. We invite you to think creatively about the summer itself, for first year and
continuing students. Programs need to be tailored to fit the college and the students’ needs; one size does
not fit all. It remains necessary, however, to address CUNY policies regarding particular groups of
students: summer programs must be provided for SEEK and CD students.

 Principles for Funding. It is likely that this will be a good budget year for the University, with additional
funding support going directly to the colleges. The overall OAA/CUE budget should be held at the same
level as ’05-06, and the colleges will receive a lump sum allocation, but you should have more flexibility
in designing a comprehensive program and in aligning your projects with the goals of the Master Plan, the
PMP, and the Campaign for Success. Decisions about campus allocations will be based on the substance,
feasibility, and creativity of the CUE concept of making the parts work together. Planning should identify
expected outcomes coupled with a sound assessment plan. Pilot projects must be carved out of the total
existing CUE allotment. We expect that you will set priorities by ranking the programs in your CUE

This year, funding will be allocated to four types of programs:
   • Programs to Improve Student Success at Critical Junctures. Listed below are some, but not all, of
       the critical junctures where students are impeded in their progress towards the degree. The list is
       not exhaustive, nor does every college face the same challenges. Your proposal should focus on
       those junctures specific to your students:
            A. Entering college (pre-freshman summer programs, first-year orientation, transfer
                orientation programs; late admits)
            B. First year (freshman year programs; learning communities; general education,
                developmental education, ESL)
            C. Passing gateway courses, particularly math, science, ESL, writing
           D.   Passing institutional tests (ACT, CPE)
           E.   Sophomore year (support in declaring major, sophomore year programs)
           F.   Articulating general education with the majors and professions
           G.   Developmental education
           H.   ESL education
           I.   Tutoring, mentoring, advising (academic support) at critical junctures

   •   Faculty Development Programs to Enhance Teaching. Implicit in CUE’s promise to improve
       undergraduate education is the need for sustained and meaningful inquiry into what and how we
       teach. Programs that focus on innovative pedagogies, curricular reform and renewal, and
       professional education for faculty fall under this category.
           A. Faculty development initiatives (professional education for new faculty, for adjuncts, for
               teachers by the disciplines—especially science and math, for general education faculty,
           B. Activities to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning (within general education
               programs, writing across the curriculum, teaching and learning centers, etc.)
           C. Teaching with technology (information literacy programs, etc.)

   •   Writing Across the Curriculum. As in the past, the University will provide financial support for
       six CUNY Writing Fellows at each of the campuses. (Details have already been provided about
       the Writing Fellow appointments; the Graduate School is again overseeing the Fellows’
       application and selection process.)
           A. Professional development for faculty and Writing Fellows
           B. Linking WAC to composition
           C. Linking WAC to other literacies across the curriculum (reading, information literacy,
           D. Integrating WAC within General Education

   •   Pilot Projects. These should be conceived around a specific issue and should be innovative and
       promising in potential impact.

Please note that overlap between and among the above categories is inevitable—and encouraged.

Proposal Instructions. Proposals should be divided into the following three sections:
       Overview. Please describe the conceptual framework of your organizational plan. What
       programs and personnel are coordinated under CUE? Name the senior administrator (with
       contact information) who serves as the CUE coordinator. Describe the primary goals as related to
       College-specific challenges, the University PMP, and the Campaign for Success. Planning should
       identify expected outcomes coupled with a sound assessment plan. The Overview should be no
       more than four double-spaced pages.

       Program Descriptions. Use a separate form for each program proposed. While there is no limit
       to the number of program proposals you can submit, they should be conceived as part of an
       overall plan, the intersections between programs should be elucidated, and they should be
       presented in order of priority; i.e., the most important presented first.

       Total Budget. On one page, list the final budget request for each individual program, ranked in
       order of priority to your college, and indicate the total amount requested for CUE for 2006-2007.

Submission Instructions. Final proposals are due by May 1, 2006. Please mail four copies of the
proposal to: Dean Judith Summerfield, Office of Academic Affairs, Fifth Floor, CUNY Central Office,
535 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10021
↻ Critical Junctures   ↻ Faculty Development   ↻ WAC   ↻ Pilot Programs     (Please check all that apply)

                                      Program Description Form

Title of Program:

Program description (include a description of which faculty/students are served by this program):


Coordination with other college programs (including grant-funded projects):


Assessment Plan:

Funds requested:

Number of Students served:

Full-time faculty participating:
Part-time faculty participating:
Staff participating (Describe their roles: tutors, professional advisors, etc.):

Budget breakdown:

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