Goals of the Grant Program
The objectives of the ACS grant program are consistent with the goals of our strategic plan: to advance the professional growth of faculty and staff, foster diversity and inclusion, build partnerships across our member campuses, and improve collective student and institutional success. We intend to encourage our member institutions to move beyond the reflections and retreats that ACS has funded in the past, as well as institution-specific projects, toward more active collaborative initiatives by expanding upon the directions currently supported by the program. Below, please find information on the grant process and resources. We also encourage you to join the ACS grants Facebook group (Facebook account required).
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Innovative Instruction: ACS invites proposals that re-evaluate traditional methods of teaching, respond to new knowledge about how students learn, and incorporate learner-centered pedagogies and technologies. Our objective is to help faculty incorporate learning-based pedagogy and blended learning approaches.
ACS maintains a growing library of instructional video presentations, many created by ACS faculty and staff, that you should consult as you develop your proposal. Browse the Online Access Resources library.
Collaborative Curriculum: ACS seeks multi-campus involvement in projects that, among other things, integrate study away opportunities, boost course enrollments, benefit disciplines with limited representation, and create collaborative programs that can be sustained after funding ends. ACS will not dictate the appropriate models for these collaborative initiatives but encourage all interested to discuss their ideas with ACS staff.
A new feature of our grant program is a model for remote teaching and course sharing opportunity. Faculty who want to teach existing courses to students on other campuses, or who would like students on other campuses to enroll in their courses, should speak with their deans or provosts about ACS funding opportunities. ACS is especially interested in applying the model to targeted disciplines in order to strengthen the success of those students, faculty, and programs. Learn more about our remote teaching opportunity here.
Diversity and Inclusion: ACS will support initiatives that have the potential to make a lasting impact on institutional culture. Projects of this sort could be exclusively geared toward diversity and inclusion or could add diversity and inclusion to either of the above themes.
More detailed information is on the Program Summary and Guidelines page.