Established in 1994, the Senior Assignment Fund serves as an indicator of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s serious commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. Senior Assignment Funds are administered through the Office of Academic Innovation and Effectiveness, and are available to all departments and programs at the University with Senior Assignments (SRAs). These funds are utilized to enhance existing Senior Assignments, facilitate continuous refinement, and foster innovation and improvement of Senior Assignments.
Departments or programs applying for Senior Assignment Funds from the Office of Academic Innovation and Effectiveness must use the specified fund proposal format as outlined later in this document. Proposals for the Senior Assignment Fund are due to the Office of Academic Innovation and Effectiveness at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013. The Committee on Assessment (COA) evaluates these proposals and selects which will be funded for the following academic year.
The Committee on Assessment, using merit criteria, evaluates the proposals and selects those that will be funded the following year (click here for evaluation rubric). COA will establish two pools of applicants; one pool for those programs who have not received SRA funding three or more years prior to the application and one pool for those who have received SRA funding in the three years prior to the application. Priority will be given to those programs that have not received funding within the past three years, however all funding is competitive. Units requesting consideration for Senior Assignment Funds in consecutive years must provide a reasonable amount of supporting funds from the department, school or college, or external source. Special consideration will be given to proposals directly related to the long-term improvement of the Senior Assignment.
Departments and programs that participate in the Senior Assignment Fund are required to write a summary report, due to the Office of Academic Innovation and Effectiveness at noon the last Monday in June. This report documents accomplishments as related to the intended outcomes of the project described in the SRA proposal. The report must provide an evaluation plan that includes: measurable goals or outcomes and assessment measures. Departments and programs that fail to meet this obligation may not apply to the Senior Assignment Fund for four years.
The Senior Assignment Fund is available to departments or programs (not individuals) to support Senior Assignments in accordance with program, departmental, and school/college goals.
The expected range of SRA Funds per department or program is $1,000 to $15,000. COA reserves the right to allocate lesser funding amounts than requested, even when proposals are rated strongly.
Funds can be used for:
Funds cannot be used for: