The Instructional Resources for Excellence Grant, funded by student Education & Technology Fees (ETF), is intended to advance the quality of learning experiences and outcomes for students and also embrace emerging opportunities that differentiate the learning experience beyond what departmental funding allows.
Previous awards have included course-specific software to be installed on students’ computers, immersive virtual reality simulations for pre-service teachers to experience classroom interactions, presentation technology for use in smart classrooms, immersive tablets used to record advising practicums, test batteries for psychology courses, robotics and maker equipment in METRC, and consumables like rocket engines, chemicals, and aquarium supplies.
As a condition of the grant guidelines, funds must generally be spent on items for the direct benefit of students. For example, a license for software to go on a student computer could be acceptable, but a license to go on a faculty machine would not. Student benefit should be made explicit as a part of the proposed request.
Proposal deadlines will be communicated during the Fall semester but can be expected to be in early-mid October as a general rule.
APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION PROCESS:
To submit your proposal, use the ETF Proposal Submission Form.
Faculty or staff supporting the instruction of students in the College of Education or Department of Psychology are eligible to submit a request.
REVIEW AND AWARD PROCESS:
The CCTC, comprised of departmental, student, and administrative representatives, will review all requests to ensure grant requirements are met, University guidelines are satisfied, and sufficient funds exist. In general, preference will be given to proposals with a maximum impact on students.
If an award is granted, a departmental representative will inform the department head as well as the applicant, and the proposal quote will be forwarded to the purchasing department.