Assessment Mini Grant Program

For information on the projects funded by previous Assessment Mini Grants, please click here.

Assessing student learning is an essential strategy for programs reflecting on and improving the student experience in the programs they design and teach.

To support these efforts, the Office of the Provost will once again offer grants for programs to support program assessment, to refine their existing assessment practices, to pursue new approaches, or to assist in implementing action plans based on the results of outcomes assessment. These mini grants are intended to help faculty and staff engage in sound program assessment practices that will lead to useful results and to support informed decision-making.

Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to BU faculty and staff members in academic areas to conduct program assessment-related projects that directly support student learning and success at either the undergraduate or graduate level, including certificate programs. Although all proposals will be considered, preference will be given to proposals that align with the 2030 strategic plan. Grant awardees will be expected to present their projects at the annual Assessment Symposium.

Assessment Practice and Innovation Grants
Awards may be used to:

  • fund faculty time to develop and implement a plan for program assessment or an individual project that will assist in program assessment;
  • fund a department retreat for discussion of assessment plans or goals;
  • implement a plan to take action in response to assessment results, including using new equipment, technology, or other resources;
  • develop assessment instruments (such as a capstone course, a rubric, or test items);
  • pay for or license commercially available measurement instruments.

Proposals should include a description of program learning outcomes and assessment methods to be used, intended use of assessment results, faculty involvement, timeline, budget, and a statement about the sustainability of the project.