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Assessment Grants

In spring 2013, the Provost’s Office provided seed money for a new initiative to make assessment grants available to faculty. The central purpose of the grant was to provide support and incentives for a sustainable assessment culture at Radford University. It was anticipated that this grant program will encourage and facilitate the development of assessment findings that will enhance student learning.

The grant program funds a variety of projects that assess new approaches to teaching and learning. All proposals aimed at conducting systematic, research-based assessment, developing or refining assessment methods, or furthering the incorporation of assessment into academic program decision-making are given full consideration. Projects related to assessment of student learning, or continuing development of assessment for program improvement emanating from prior assessment results also are favorably considered.

The maximum grant is, in most cases, limited to $2,500 per proposal. Proposals are evaluated based on their potential to accomplish the stated goals that may guide future program planning and assessment. The grant is administered annually through the Office of Academic Assessment in the Provost’s Office.

For more information, contact Dr. Ebenezer Kolajo or call 540-831-7654.

Assessment Grants Funded - Fall Semester 2013

  1. Ms. Candice Benjes-Small and Mr. Eric Ackermann, McConnell Library
    Citation Analysis Study
  2. Dr. Abhay Kaushik, College of Business and Economics
    A Comparative Model to Assess the Strengths and Weaknesses of Finance Related Distance Learning/ Online Courses
  3. Dr. Melissa Grim, College of Education and Human Development
    A comparison of student exam performance between traditional, compressed, and online/compressed courses
  4. Dr. Allison K. Wisecup, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
    Learning and Liking: An Investigation of Research Methods Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes 
  5. Dr. Tanya Corbin, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
    Assessing Student Engagement and Knowledge in American Politics Courses when a Nontraditional Textbook is used
  6. Dr. Angela Mickle, College of Education and Human Development
    Prediction Variables for First Time Pass Rate and Exam Scores on the Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam by RU Athletic Training Students
  7. Dr. Matthew Turner and Dr. Scott Dunn, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
    A Proposal to Assess the School of Communication’s Study Abroad Program

Assessment Grants Funded - Spring Semester 2013

  1. Dr. Whitney Wall Bortz et al., College of Education and Human Development
    Preparing Teachers in Assessment that Promotes Learning: Exploring and Reflecting on Current Practices
  2. Dr. Seife Dendir, Department of Economics, College of Business & Economics
    Is there an Online Premium? Characteristics and Performance of Online versus Traditional/Face-to-face Students in Principles of Microeconomics
  3. Drs. Brenda-Jean Tyler and Debora A. Bays, Special Education, School of Teacher Education & Leadership
    Re-envisioning the Comprehensive Exam: A Proposal for an Academic Assessment Research Grant
  4. Dr. Kerry Fay Vandergrift, School of Social Work, Waldron College of Health & Human Services
    A Comparison of Team-Based Learning to Usual Teaching Techniques on Outcomes in a Social Work Community Practice Course
  5. Drs. Lynn M. Zoch and Sam Jennings, School of Communication, College of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences
    Improving Assessment through Alumni Feedback