Assessment Mini-Grant for Academic Programs

Syracuse University’s academic program assessment efforts, focused on student learning outcomes, are a faculty-owned and faculty-driven process. Faculty collaboration is critical to maintaining meaningful student learning outcomes assessment. This mini-grant is designed to support faculty in facilitating program-level assessment activities to enhance student learning. The mini-grant will be awarded to faculty members who are responsible for coordinating program-level assessment and participate in a two-day Assessment Leadership Institute.

Assessment Leadership Institute Learning Goals

  • Participants will gain assessment knowledge and skills (e.g., student learning outcomes development, identifying measures and criteria, curriculum mapping).
  • Participants will identify and demonstrate facilitation techniques that they will use to guide assessment efforts.
  • Participants will develop a sense of agency to inform program-level decision-making.

To learn more, view our summary of the inaugural institute (2019-20).

Eligibility and Award Information

  • All full-time tenure, tenure track, and non-tenure track faculty who are responsible for student learning outcomes assessment are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be available to attend the Assessment Leadership Institute – June 2-3, 2021 from 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Applicants are also expected to:
    • Complete a short reflection at the end of each day of the institute (minute paper)
    • Draft an action plan outlining how participants will engage with their faculty, what topics they will bring to the faculty during the 2021-22 academic year, and what their poster session may entail, which they will present to the group at the end of the institute
    • Implement their action plan during the 2021-22 academic year.
    • Create a poster for the One University Assessment Poster Session (April 2022)
    • Provide a final reflection on experience, progress, and impact of their participation (May 2022)
  • Up to 6 mini-grants are available. Grant award is $750 ($500 awarded after attending the Assessment Leadership Institute, $250 after poster presentation). The mini-grant can be applied to a faculty member’s research account or through payroll.


  • To view this funding opportunity, visit:
  • Log in to the portal using your Syracuse University netID and password to submit an application.

Deadline and Notification

  • Deadline to apply is May 21, 2021.
  • Notification of selection will be sent by May 21, 2021.
  • Selected applicants should confirm their acceptance no later than May 24, 2021.