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 U of L plan, i2a, will sharpen our existing focus on building undergraduate students' critical thinking skills, starting in the general education program and continuing through undergraduate major courses. Students will be required to demonstrate their critical thinking skills in a Culminating Undergraduate Experience, such as a thesis, service learning project, internship or capstone project.
i2a SUN Grants fund projects to develop, implement, and assess projects that will directly and significantly support the sustained incorporation of selected i2a outcomes into undergraduate academic, co-curricular and student support projects, programs, courses and curricula. SUN grants fund projects up to $5,000 for individual and up to $7,500 for teams of faculty and staff. Grant recipients are expected to share final project outcomes at a future i2a event or program.