Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education - Research Grant Program 2011

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?

  1. Proposals with a specific focus on uses of the CAS standards in a Self-Assessment process are preferred.
  2. Proposals may be at the department, division, and institutional or multi-site level.
  3. Proposals may study a particular functional area.
  4. Proposals should not be for the individual use of a standard for campus self-assessment as grants are intended for research purposes.
  5. 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:

  1. Name and contact information for the project director
  2. Background and related literature
  3. Research questions and significance of the proposed study
  4. Methods (any appropriate methodology [e.g. case studies, longitudinal designs] will be considered)
  5. Time frame (projects must be completed in three years or less)
  6. Brief biographies of researchers
  7. 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, [email protected].  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.