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Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence ITLE Year 2

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15 new proposals funded

UNL Academic Affairs announced the 2005-2006 grants for the Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence. The initiative continues UNL's commitment to sustaining and improving undergraduate education.

The Year 2 grants, totaling $285,000 funded by the University of Nebraska Foundation grants committee, have been awarded for activities that will use innovative ways to improve advising at the university.

In his September 2005 State of the University Address, Chancellor Harvey Perlman reinforced the deep commitment of the university to teaching excellence and student learning and success.

UNL provides an education available only at our nation's elite public universities, one infused with insights from the latest research and creative work, broadened by exposure to a diverse community, and based on more than a century of engagement with state and national leaders to address society's most pressing problems, Perlman said.

Year 2 of the Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence will ensure that the university continues to draw fully on these resources to create an educational environment that enhances undergraduate student learning in all its many dimensions, Perlman said.

As with last year's grants, the focus is derived from recommendations from the Transition to University Task Force. The task force was created in May 2003 to review and assess the effectiveness of first-year undergraduate orientation programs and courses.

In focus groups conducted by the task force, students expressed a desire for a closer relationship with someone at the university who can guide them through their academic programs and associated activities.

Students voiced a need for someone at UNL to take a personal interest in them and help them convert vague aspirations into clear but flexible goals, the task force's report said.

Grant proposals addressed this challenge well, said Barbara Couture, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Our faculty and staff have demonstrated wisdom, creativity, and a clear commitment to students and learning, she said.

Our 11 funded advising projects should go a long way toward enhancing advising and support services and promoting student retention, Couture said. It's especially encouraging to see so many of our departments, colleges, and student support services collaborating or moving in complementary directions.

Grants for 2005-2006 are of four different types: Advising for Success grant, Program Innovation grants, One Campus, Many Views grants, and Teaching Fellowship grants.

The first round of Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence grants were awarded last year. The initiative granted more than $500,000 to outstanding faculty and staff and in development of state-of-the-art facilities and innovative programming.

The 2005 grants included an interactive DVD to enhance training of teacher assistants, a study of women's studies curriculum, classroom technology and accessibility enhancements, creation of a leadership course, accessible lab, creation of a signature course for Education and Human Sciences, creating curriculum for Omaha language learning, team learning assessments in construction management, Thompson Forum Learning Community programming, and support for digital instruction and visual resources in art history.

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  • Two proposals win funding - see our March newsletter.
  • Call for Proposals - due to deans Oct. 17, 2008.
  • Deadline for Deans to submit Year 5 ITLE proposals from their colleges was Oct. 28, 2008.