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With the support of the University Assessment Council, or UAC, the Office of Academic Assessment has chosen to fund two imProve Grant proposals in 2020: Lourdes Betanzos, Evelyne Bornier and Traci O’Brien from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Caralise Hunt, Kelley Noll and Meghan Jones from the School of Nursing.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures faculty outlined a plan to improve the evaluation of their students’ linguistic competency in four key areas: speaking, reading, writing and listening. The previous assessment tool only allowed for the evaluation of speaking and writing. Faculty from the School of Nursing outlined a plan to assess and implement new learning strategies for clinical judgment, an essential skill for nurses.

The Program Learning Research (imProve) Grant supports programs interested in developing new student learning outcomes for an academic degree program, designing reliable and valid measures for assessing one or more student learning outcomes, hosting a retreat for thoughtful reflection of student learning outcome assessment results and designing curricular interventions for program improvement, rooted in strong assessment results. In 2019, the Office of Academic Assessment accepted grant proposals up to $10,000. The imProve Grant is managed by the Office of Academic Assessment and the grant review and selection panel is drawn from the UAC.

 For additional information, go to the Office of Academic Assessment's website.