SUN Grants

Supporting Undergraduate Innovation: Ideas to Action (i2a) Implementation Grants

New i2a SUN Grant Submission Process

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:

  1. Students will be able to think critically.
  2. Students will develop the ability to address community issues.

For the second phase of i2a, which began in summer 2013, undergraduate schools and colleges created i2a Leadership Committees to support the sustained integration of the two i2a outcomes at the unit level. The SUN Grant proposal process has been revised to support the new i2a leadership structure. For the 2014 SUN Grant cycle, the i2a Steering Committee will award monies to select proposals submitted for funding consideration by the unit i2a Leadership Committee chair in support of their prioritized i2a projects or activities to take place in the 2014-2015 academic year. The SUN Grants will fund select proposals up to $4,000 that are submitted by the unit i2a Leadership Committee for funding consideration.

Examples of projects may include:

  • constructing assessments;
  • implementing assignments;
  • developing resources for students, faculty and staff (e.g. critical thinking training modules);
  • offering learning communities;
  • strengthening the measurement of i2a student learning outcomes (SLOs); and cross-disciplinary projects.

Funded projects are expected to be implemented in an academic year, from July 1 to June 30.

Review the 2014 SUN Grants application information, guidelines and forms. For questions about the revised i2a SUN Grant process contact Dr. Cathy Bays at cathy.bays@louisville.edu or 502.852.5105.

Five SUN Grant project recipients presented a poster at the 2013 i2a Institute:

Goodman, J. & Brooms, D. "I Feel Like I’m Not Alone Here": The Impact of the A.A.M.I. at the University of Louisville poster presentation at the 2013 i2a Institute [PDF].

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].

Shirley, M.L., Thomas, M.S., Weiland, I.S., & Finch, J.T. Advancing Critical Thinking through Relevant Issues in Public Schools poster presentation at the 2013 i2a Institute [PDF].

Webb, J. & Shanahan, K. Building Performance-Based Assignments Using the Paul Elder Critical Thinking Model poster presentation at the 2013 i2a Institute [PDF].

Previous SUN Grant project posters:

View some of the i2a SUN Grant posters presented at the 2011 i2a Institute [PDF].

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