Eligibility and Criteria for Assessment Grants - 2024


All faculty at Kutztown University are eligible to apply for these grants. In order to encourage greater participation, priority will be given to those faculty who have not received funding in previous years.  (Previously funded projects are listed on the Office of Assessment website, and can be found here: https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/assessment/academic-program-assessment/assessment-grants/grant-recipients.html)


  1. The person requesting the funding must be a faculty member. This person does not have to be on tenure track.
  2. There may be other faculty or staff involved.
  3. The project must include measures of assessment of the impact of the project and especially direct evidence when the focus is student learning outcomes. Indirect evidence may be include but is optional.
  4. Faculty may only co-PI one project per track.

Direct evidence is defined as the assessment of actual student performance which demonstrates what students learned and the extent to which students met the learning goals.  Examples include: written assignments, performances, presentations, observations of quality of field work (e.g., clinical, service-learning, internships), reflection on theory and practice, research and capstone projects, exams, standardized tests, licensure exams, and student publications.

Indirect evidence is defined as perceptions of teaching and learning that provide insights on the learning process. Examples include: student self-appraisals of learning, satisfaction surveys, peer review by faculty, and focus groups (e.g., students, alumni, community partners, employers).

Legitimate uses of funding (not exhaustive list):

  • Faculty training.
  • Hiring of staff or consultant to aid in development of assessment methods and/or analysis of student-learning outcomes data.
  • Purchase or licensing of commercially available instruments for pilot testing.
  • Summer or winter stipends to be used for work on program or other assessment.

The Office of Assessment reserves the right to provide full funding for the proposal, to provide partial funding, to request that the applicant offer further elaboration or clarification on specific points, to suggest alternate sources of funding, or to reject the proposal.