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Learning Improvement Grant

Learning Improvement Grants (LIG) provide funds for evidence-informed improvements to enhance existing courses or programming, evaluate instruction, and/or assess curricular needs. The grant funds will support new projects that directly and significantly affect teaching and learning, such as developing materials for new and existing courses and developing new modes of instruction.

The LIG program especially welcomes new multi-disciplinary projects in courses that have multiple sections. In addition, the LIG program encourages projects that respond to changes in education: for instance, projects that involve integrative learning, civic engagement, enhance diversity, encourage study groups and use of academic support resources, promote active learning and engagement, focus on communication skills, or seek to improve assessment.

Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are expended.

Graham School of Business students present to class on project.

Apply for a Learning Improvement Grant

  • About the Grant

    About the Grant

    Learning Improvement Grants (LIGs) provide funds for evidence-informed one-time, small-scale improvements to enhance existing courses or academic programming, enhance instruction, and/or assess curricular needs. The grant funds will support projects that directly and significantly affect teaching and learning, such as developing materials for new and existing courses or developing new modes of instruction.  All submissions will be considered on a rolling basis through the grant closing date on June 1, 2019 or until all funds are expended, whichever comes first. The LIG program especially welcomes multi-disciplinary projects in courses that have multiple sections as well as projects that involve integrative learning, civic engagement, enhance diversity, encourage study groups, and incorporate use of academic support resources and  adaptive learning technologies, promote active learning and engagement, focus on communication skills, and/or seek to improve assessment. 

  • Funding

    Funding

    Projects may be funded up to $1500 for individual faculty and more for faculty teams (amounts awarded will vary) on a rolling basis (no application deadline).  Funds are not to be used for materials more rightly funded by another source, such as departmental equipment or standard laboratory supplies and excludes funding for labor. Non-consumable items become property of York College of Pennsylvania. Computer software and hardware purchases must be supported by LTS. Funding received may be used only for the purposes stated in the proposal. Grant recipients are asked to submit update reports within one year to the CAI Director, who publishes portions of the proposal and follow-up report on the website, in a newsletter, and in annual assessment reports. All awards are subject to the availability of funds.

  • Selection Criteria

    Selection Criteria

    • Project addresses a significant pedagogical need and is likely to address the need specified
    • Project goals and activities are aligned
    • Use of active learning strategies will be implemented
    • Provides clear means of documenting evidence of student learning
    • Logical timeline
    • Budget aligns with activity

    Grant applications are evaluated by members of the Faculty Development Projects and Resources Committee of the Academic Senate, who make their recommendations to the Center for Academic Innovation.

  • Application Details

    Application Details

    You will be required to submit the following information for your form to be processed completely:

    1. Name(s)
    2. Department(s)
    3. Project title
    4. Rationale and goals
    5. Project description and assessment plan
    6. Course, department, other groups affected
    7. Project timeline
    8. Number of students affected by project each academic year
    9. Budget (Grants may be awarded up to $1500 and more for faculty teams)
Contact Us
Center for Academic Innovation
Cynthia Crimmins, M.S. Ed., Director, Center for Academic Innovation
Campbell Hall, Room 238
Phone: 717.815.1216
ccrimmin@ycp.edu

Renee Figge, Administrative Assistant
Humanities Center, Room 24
Phone: 717.815.6656
rfigge@ycp.edu

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