"The Grants for Engaged Learning (GEL) Program supports projects that promote collaborative learning and problem-solving resulting in solutions and benefits to the communities served by the university."
This statement embraces the Carnegie Foundation premise that the term “communities” is used with a broader perspective with understanding that there must be “a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.”
The new structure includes three funding categories:
The seed projects are the standard category and will be funded for one to two years dependent on continued approval in relation to other grant submissions. Phased grant projects will be multi-year, high profile projects in which colleges and schools partner with GEL in a collaborative funding model over a three-year period. Each unit will have the opportunity to receive funding for their top engaged learning initiatives, which may or may not include previous seed grant projects within their areas.
Project title, and a one sentence project description, project lead and participant names including contact information, and requested amount of funding.
What opportunity or need is being addressed? How will this proposal further community-engaged learning and scholarship?
Briefly demonstrate alignment with the university’s mission and core values. How will this proposal improve student success and meet the needs of the community?
Detailed description of what will be done by whom over what time line. What strategies will be used for utilizing students and identifying community partners? What role will students and potential community partners have in the planning and project organization?
Outcomes and Assessments
Detailed description of desired outcomes and benefits to students and community partners. Include specific methods for assessment and accountability.
Note of acknowledgement from the dean, vice president, department chairs, and community, as appropriate. See website for form.
The five central evenly-weighted criteria effecting potential funding of proposals are as follows:
the depth and breadth of student involvement with significant learning conditions
the depth and breadth of impact and value to the community being served
Application of Academic Learning
the extent to which the project connects academic theory and learning to practical applications
Outcomes, Benefits and Measures
the extent to which potential student and community outcomes will be measured—Potential success/outcome measures include: number of students engaged, impact on learning outcomes, impact on community or issue, number of faculty engaged or courses taught, and number of projects completed
Making the Case
the extent to which the grant is complete and well-written with sound arguments that address the stated criteria
The GEL program is a competitive process emphasizing quality, transparency, and accountability.