University of California, San Diego


March 10, 2004


SUBJECT:    Instructional Improvement Program -- Call for Proposals, 2004 - 05 Funds

I am pleased to announce the availability of funding to support faculty efforts to improve undergraduate instruction. The Instructional Improvement Committee will review proposals, and the Acting Senior Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs, will make the final allocation decisions.

Due to the budget cuts, it will be necessary to reduce the number and the size of grants that can be funded. Further, it will not be possible to support summer salary for faculty. In addition to the usual small individual proposals that are funded at the $1K-$3K level, the committee still hopes to be able to fund one or two large proposals (up to $10K) which may have a more significant impact at the program, department, or divisional levels. Faculty are encouraged to work within their units to develop more comprehensive strategies that might improve undergraduate instruction. Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome. The committee also wishes to continue to consider proposals involving on-line or web-based learning.

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 looks for proposals that can improve the quality of undergraduate education, impact many students, and enhance the interactions between faculty and students, particularly at the lower division level. The committee has looked more favorably on larger proposals when there are matching funds committed from alternative sources.

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

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 14, 2004. Awards will be announced in late May, with funding available July 1, 2004. The application form is available on the Academic Affairs web site: http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/offices/planning/default.htm. General criteria and program guidelines are also provided on the referenced web site. Please feel free to contact Bonnie Horstmann (x2-2042) or Marie Sidney (x4-0097) with any questions.

Mark Appelbaum
Associate Vice Chancellor
Undergraduate Education