The Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) seeks to advance knowledge about the use of standards and self- assessment processes in enhancing programs and services to students and in developing designated student learning and developmental outcomes.
Proposal Focus: Research proposals should address some dimension of the question: Does the use of the CAS Standards and Guidelines in a self-assessment process enhance programs, services, or student learning outcomes?
- Proposals with a specific focus on uses of the CAS standards in a Self-Assessment process are preferred.
- Proposals may be at the department, division, and institutional or multi-site level.
- Proposals may study a particular functional area.
- Proposals should not be for the individual use of a standard for campus self-assessment as grants are intended for research purposes.
- Dissertation research will be considered and is encouraged.
Proposal Content: Proposal should be 5-7 pages with a separate one page summary and should include:
- Name and contact information for the project director
- Background and related literature
- Research questions and significance of the proposed study
- Methods (any appropriate methodology [e.g. case studies, longitudinal designs] will be considered)
- Time frame (projects must be completed in three years or less)
- Brief biographies of researchers
- Budget (no overhead charges may be submitted; funds may not be used for equipment or software, salaries or tuition; proposals should indicate if funds are being sought or are provided by other sources.)
Grant: Typically, grants of up to $3000 will be considered. More than one grant may be awarded.
Deadline: Proposals must be received by October 14, 2011.
Review Process: Proposals should be submitted electronically to CAS Research Chair, Dr. John Zacker, firstname.lastname@example.org. The review committee is comprised of the chair and research committee members who are members of the Board of Directors of CAS.
Agreements by Recipients: Recipients of grants will receive additional information on the dispersal of funds, return of funds in the case on non-completion of a project, annual project reports and accounting, and expectations of dissemination of findings. CAS acknowledges full authorship rights to the project researchers. In general CAS will expect a summary report of findings to post on the CAS website, researcher publication(s), and presentations at appropriate conferences including a possible invitation to the CAS Symposium. CAS support must be acknowledged in all dissemination of findings.