University of California, San Diego

Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor
Academic Affairs, Mail Code 0001
534-3131; FAX: 534-5355

April 7, 2000


SUBJECT:   2000-01 Instructional Improvement Proposal Call

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the availability of funding to support faculty efforts to improve undergraduate instruction. Proposals will be reviewed by the Committee on Instructional Improvement, and the final allocation decisions will be made by the Senior Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs.

For this next allocation period, the committee again intends to set aside a substantial fraction of the allocation funds for consideration of one or two large proposals (up to $20K) which may have a more significant impact at the program, department, or divisional levels than the typical small individual proposals that have been funded in the recent past at the $1K-$3K level. The committee is also willing to consider proposals involving a distance- or web-based learning aspect. Faculty are encouraged to work within their units to develop more comprehensive strategies which might improve undergraduate instruction. Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome. On a competitive basis, many of the smaller individual proposals will also continue to be funded.

The committee encourages any improvement in existing instructional programs, including courses, curricula, and instructional processes, as well as the development of interdisciplinary courses and programs. Faculty experiments with new technologies or new approaches are welcome. The committee is dedicated to promoting any increase in the personal contact between ladder-rank faculty and students, and proposals that affect many students, particularly at the lower division level.

Awards will be made in the form of grants for development expense, including, but not limited to, material costs, summer student support, and support for technical assistance.

The application deadline is Monday, May 8, 2000. The committee hopes to announce awards by mid-June, with funding available July 1, 2000. An application form appears below. Paper application forms are also available from Michelle Dotson (x4-0097, mdotson@ucsd.edu). Please feel free to contact me or Bonnie Horstmann (X2-2042) with any questions or concerns.

                                                      David R. Miller
                                                      Associate Vice Chancellor
                                                      Academic Planning and Programs


Please submit to Michele Dotson, mail code 0001, no later than
5:00 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2000. Electronic submission to
mdotson@ucsd.edu is acceptable if forwarded from the Department
Chair's office signifying the Chair's approval.




PROJECT TITLE:____________________________________________

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Please attach a description of the project. It must contain a statement of the problem, the objectives of the proposal and the intellectual impact, the plan for achieving the objectives, and an evaluation plan.


Estimated number of students that will be affected:______________________________

Lower Division Students:__________

Upper Division Students:__________


Personnel Costs: (List each additional individual separately. Please consult your department's Management Service Officer to obtain exact figures.)

Payroll title and step: ________________________
Annual salary: $__________
Percent time on project: ________________________
Period of time on project: ______________________
Supplies and expenses: $__________
Travel: $__________
Other: $__________

TOTAL REQUEST: $__________

Funds committed from an alternate source: $____________

Name of Source:__________________________________________

APPROVAL REQUIRED: __________________________ ___________

Department Chair Date

[Chairs are invited to forward a brief endorsement statement which may be sent via e-mail tomdotson@ucsd]