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Longwood Assessment Mini-Grant Program

Background

In recent years, the call to measure students’ competency in basic skill/knowledge areas has intensified along with ongoing demands for accountability in campus operations. Largely, this is due to changes in the political environment in which we operate. To successfully maintain our status of full compliance with federal, state, and regional accrediting requirements through a sustainable assessment system, engaging teaching faculty as well as support staff in assessment is essential. At the January 12, 2012 Longwood Assessment Conference, the President announced the establishment of the Longwood Assessment Mini-grant Program (LAMP) for the first time in the school’s history.

The Initiative

The goal of LAMP is to encourage campus-wide participation in research on and practice in assessment. LAMP grants will seek to develop the scholarship of assessment as well as explore Longwood’s best practice models in conducting assessment.

The recipients of the grants will be announced on May 1st of each year. For each selected proposal, the final report or the progress report on implementation will be due to the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (OAIR) in December. All LAMP recipients are expected to share their major findings/experience of assessment at the Longwood Assessment Conference and other professional conferences, if selected.

For any given year, the theme of the proposal will be determined and publicized by the LAMP committee according to the university’s assessment priority. The theme announced for spring 2014 is Assessing Student Learning in Diverse Environments.  In a 21st century technological and global world, a learning environment is no longer defined only by place but as "structures, tools, and communities" organized and supported to stimulate students and educators to attain knowledge and skills. How is student learning assessed in diverse environments? How can assessment be used to improve the effectiveness of a learning environment and improve student learning?

Ten awards ($500/per award) will be given to full-time faculty and staff who submit successful proposals on this subject matter.

Application

To apply for the grant, please compose an application statement in MS Word format with a maximum length of two pages (single space). The application statement must specifically address the following:

  • Topic of the proposal,
  • Importance of the proposed topic,
  • Methodology of the proposed assessment (e.g. target population—a program, a course, a group of students, etc., instrument, outcomes and the measurements, analytic procedure to be used, etc),
  • Strategies for action planning,
  • Strategies of sharing the findings with other colleagues,
  • Timeline of implementation,
  • Applicant information,
  1. Name
  2. Title
  3. Department (faculty),
  4. Division/Unit (staff)
  5. E-mail address
  6. Phone number

Applications must be submitted to Dr. Ling Whitworth electronically by 4/25/14. The award announcement will be made on May 1, 2014.

LAMP Committee

Chaired by the Director of OAIR, the LAMP committee membership includes the Assessment Coordinator, the Director of General Education, one staff, and two teaching faculty members. The committee will review the proposals, recommend the grant recipients, monitor the progress in implementation, coordinate campus wide dissemination of the findings, and assess and report the outcomes of the LAMP project to internal and external agencies.

LAMP Sponsors

The sponsors for LAMP 2014 include

  • Academic Affairs
  • Administration & Finance
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Graduate and Professional Studies and Digital Education Collaborative
  • Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences
  • Greenwood Library
  • Office of Assessment and Institutional Research
  • Student Affairs
  • University Advancement