Faculty‐Led Curricular Design for Student Achievement in the CSU Fall, 2019

Call for Proposals


With generous financial support from the Teagle Foundation, the College Futures Foundation,
and the CSU Chancellor’s Office, six California State University campuses are concurrently
implementing an initiative to review and redesign undergraduate majors for greater student
success. This initiative will provide grants to fifteen programs at each of the campuses,
between January 2020 and December 2021. The six participating campuses are Chico, San
Francisco, and Sonoma in northern California, and Los Angeles, Pomona, and San Diego in
southern California. Your undergraduate degree program is invited to be a part of this pivotal

The Division of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Planning is issuing to academic units this
Call for Proposals for grants of up to about $8,500 that enable degree‐granting programs to
undertake curriculum reforms in their majors that structure student learning and academic
progress in coherent and intentional ways. The grants may fund many activities that support
curriculum review and reform, such as:

  • faculty retreats to analyze their students’ work and progression in the curriculum;
  •  support for a faculty coordinator;
  •  deep assessment (such as student focus groups or alumni surveys) to supplement and interpret institutional research;
  •  redesign of a set of core courses;
  •  faculty learning community focused on high‐impact curriculum design;
  • development of curricular structures and pedagogies that create inclusive learning environments and aim to close achievement gaps for Pell Eligible or un1derrepresented students;
  •  curricular changes to the major that better integrate the major with the campus general education program;
  • curricular redesign to increase persistence and lower barriers to graduation.

Participating programs should define the driving goals of their major, along with the curricular
pathways that will lead students to meet them; consider evidence of student learning in their
broader discipline and local contexts; engage data on student achievement in their program
and the university; and follow their curricular revisions with careful plans for implementation
and assessment, focusing on student progress, engagement, retention, and learning.
Representatives of participating programs will join a campus‐wide learning community on
student learning and curriculum design. The campus faculty learning community (FLC) will
regularly meet during the grant year to share progress and challenges of their programs’
experiences in curricular redesign. The FLC will also share their work with colleagues across the
California State University system, in regional zoom meetings and two statewide meetings
scheduled for 2021 and 2022.

Participating programs will submit two deliverables. The first is a roadmap for the major that
includes student pathways keyed to learning objectives that are clearly articulated and
meaningful to both faculty and students. Programs should describe the changes in the
roadmap that resulted from their redesign, and schedule the redesign through the campus’s
curricular approval process. The second is a reflection on the process, goals, and outcomes of
their curricular redesign, and their plans for assessing the student impacts of the redesign.

Five grants will be awarded in November 2019 (for projects beginning in January 2020), and ten
more will be awarded in the 2020‐2021 academic year: five awarded in May 2020 for projects
beginning in August 2020, and five awarded in December 2020, for projects beginning in
January 2021.

Before submitting a proposal, the program’s faculty must approve the proposal by a vote, and
the submitted proposal should document that vote. Proposals should be sent to the program’s
College Associate Dean for endorsement. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a
committee of campus faculty and administrators with expertise in curricular design.

In five to ten pages, proposals should address the following questions on the problem, purpose,
and plan for your program:


  1. What specific issues or observed challenges (i.e., student learning, enrollment, academic progress) would this curriculum redesign aim to address, and how?
  2. Purpose

  3. What changes do you seek in your students’ experience in your major? These may include curricular, co‐curricular, and extra‐curricular experiences.
  4. Describe the general curricular revisions you aim to address. Examples of these include the following (not all of these will be applicable to your program):
    • Why would curriculum redesign benefit undergraduates in your program at this stage?
    • How could your curriculum redesign address the needs of students transferring with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)? Highlight expected changes in transfer students’ experiences.
    • What degree learning outcomes would your curriculum redesign hope to achieve, and how will you assess their attainment?
    • How does the proposal support liberal arts learning outcomes along with the intentional pedagogy that underpins them: writing and communication, critical analysis, cross‐disciplinary and big‐picture thinking, and values‐based inquiry?
  5. Plan

  6. How will you use the proposed grant to enable your program to undertake this curriculum redesign? (Please provide a rough budget, which should include $500 to seed travel to the statewide meetings, and $500 for stipends for Faculty Learning Community members)
  7. How many faculty members in your program will be involved in the redesign project, and what will be the extent and nature of their involvement? Please name two faculty members who will participate in the Faculty Learning Community
  8. What levels of campus approval will be required for your resulting curricular redesign? Describe your schedule for those approvals.
  9. What indicators will determine the success of your curriculum redesign?
  10. How will your program contribute to a campus‐wide community of practice to share the process and results of your redesign project?

Please send completed proposals to your Associate Dean by November 1, 2019.
Decisions on proposals will be sent by November 15.

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Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning
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