Promoting Academic Excellence at UNL

ITLE Year 3 Application Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the dean of the originating college by October 27, 2006. Please direct specific inquiries about proposed projects to Dave Wilson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (472-3751 or

For assistance putting together a proposal, please attend the September 29th (10:30-noon) presentation at the Nebraska Union by Dr. Virginia S. Lee and review the new Assessment Guidebook.

Each proposal must include:

  • The standard cover sheet (attached to the application document)
  • A 2-page proposal including:
    • A brief statement of need describing where you are programmatically in the cycle of assessment and improvement. Are you seeking to start, expand, or improve your assessment processes (or some combination of these)? What do you know already about your students' learning, and how do you know it?
    • A description of the project, its relationship to the goals articulated for the Initiative, and its relationship to the unit's 2006 strategic plan. In addition articulate the project's scope and impact, and how it will advance the department's ability to improve student learning. Describe the process for identifying student learning outcomes, developing and conducting the assessment(s), and how you will systematically close the loop to implement teaching or curriculum changes that are indicated by your findings. How will the achievements of the project be sustained by the department/program beyond the initial funding provided by the grant? (Other questions to consider: Are appropriate stakeholders represented? Are those who will implement the changes in the classroom or the curriculum part of the project? Are there feedback loops through the appropriate administrative processes in the program–curriculum committees, directors of undergraduate study, course coordinators–so that data can be turned into action?)
    • A timetable for identifying student learning outcomes, developing and conducting the assessment(s), implementing changes in response to those data, and confirming the effectives of implemented changes. Identify persons responsible for each stage.
    • A detailed budget.

Proposals will be reviewed at three levels:

  • the dean of the college from which the proposal originates
  • an advisory committee with representation from the Teaching Council, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Association of Students of the University of Nebraska, the Academic Planning Committee, the Academic Senate, and Undergraduate Studies
  • the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reviews by deans will be based on the fit between the project and the college's strategic plans/priorities.

Reviews at later levels will be based on the following criteria:

  • Project Goals and Objectives: Does the project address the goals articulated for the Initiative? Is the project's relationship to the unit's strategic plan clear? Does it help the college advance its assessment agenda?
  • Project Plan: Are plans and procedures for achieving project goals well developed, innovative, worthwhile, and realistic? Are the project activities clearly related to the project goals and the five steps in the improvement cycle? Is the project timeline feasible and realistic?
  • Project Impact: Will successful completion of the project have an impact on UNL undergraduate education, both now and in the future? Are there commitments from those who can turn data into action? Can the project be sustained beyond the initial funding?
  • Budget: Is the requested budget appropriate, feasible, and well defined?

Final selections will be made by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Send completed proposals electronically (in MS Word, pdf, or html format) by October 27, 2006, to your dean.

ITLE Sections

  • 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.