i2a SUN Grants
Ideas to Action (i2a) is a multi-year effort supported by the Provost to promote meaningful transformation of our undergraduate programs. The i2a initiative grew out of our commitment to fulfilling accreditation requirements set out by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC). It requires member institutions to develop a practical, university-wide quality enhancement plan (QEP) to improve student learning. The university’s QEP was approved by SACS-COC in 2007 and the 5-Year Interim Report detaining implementation of the QEP was accepted by SACS-COC in July 2013. The two specific outcomes identified for i2a are:
- Students will be able to think critically.
- Students will develop the ability to address community issues.
In 2014, a two-year i2a Assessment Plan was developed to focus on a university-wide data collection effort for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. This Plan involves coordinating data collection efforts from select undergraduate courses as well as systematically assessing the level of university-wide integration of i2a outcomes within the undergraduate educational environment.
The SUN Grant proposal process has been revised to support the 2014-16 i2a Assessment Plan. For the 2015 SUN Grant cycle, the i2a Steering Committee will award monies to select proposals submitted for funding consideration by the unit’s respective i2a Leadership Committee chair in support of relevant i2a projects to be implemented in the 2015-2016 academic year. The SUN Grants ad hoc review committee will fund successful proposals up to $4,000 each that are submitted by the unit i2a Leadership Committee for funding consideration.
Examples of projects which support sustained integration of i2a at the unit level include:
- Implementing and reporting out on unit/program assessment activities and tools that foster and measure learning related to i2a
- Developing, enhancing and/or implementing new or revised assignments in key programs/courses to support i2a integration
- Adapting or developing resources or materials that systematically introduce i2a and its concepts and tools to students, faculty and staff across the unit or undergraduate programs
- Developing protocol at the unit or program level to strengthen the measurement of i2a student learning outcomes (SLOs)
- Modifying and implementing the unit’s academic orientation course to align with i2a integration and permeate the educational environment for students in the unit
Proposed projects are expected to be implemented in the upcoming academic year, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. For more information, see the 2015 SUN Grants Call for Proposals. To view project summaries of past SUN Grant winners, see the Annual i2a SUN Grant Project Summaries.
Five SUN Grant project recipients presented a poster at the 2013 i2a Institute:
Haynes, L., Tillman, W., Blair, M., & Burns, B. The Resilient Families Project @ Hotel Louisville: Training, Program Development and Evaluation Efforts for Children’s Enrichment Programs Designed for Those Experiencing Homelessness poster presentation at the 2013 i2a Institute [PDF].
Haynes, L., Stock, T., Mansfield, V., & Burns, B. The Resilient Families Project @ Hotel Louisville: Training, Program Development and Evaluation Efforts for Parenting Programs Designed for Those Experiencing Homelessness poster presentation at the 2013 i2a Institute [PDF].