ACS Grant Program Table

Please see the ACS grant webpage for more information.

Innovative Instruction ACS seeks proposals that re-evaluate traditional methods of teaching, respond to new knowledge about how students learn, and incorporate learner-centered pedagogies and technologies. Our objective is to help faculty incorporate learning-based pedagogy and blended learning.
  • Sustain low-enrolled courses: The grant encourages faculty to think beyond traditional departmental boundaries and work with counterparts on other ACS campuses to combine low enrolled courses.
  • Expand course offerings: ACS invites proposals that expand offerings in order to fill curricular gaps. The grant encourages faculty to identify course offerings on other ACS campuses that could be shared across campus boundaries and/or course development opportunities with other ACS faculty to add value to existing programs.
  • Key elements of a successful grant project:
    • Experimentation
    • Innovation
    • Collaboration
  • Finding collaborators: ACS is providing three search tools on the ACS grant webpage to help faculty and staff find each other across member institutions at various points in the process. We want to make it as convenient as possible to form collaborative partnerships.
Collaborative Curriculum ACS will prioritize multi-campus involvement in projects that, among other things, expand study away opportunities, protect low enrollment courses, benefit disciplines with limited representation, and create collaborative departments or programs. ACS will not dictate the appropriate models for these collaborative initiatives, but we will provide a sample proposal that would likely enjoy funding success and one that likely would not.
  • Create new programs/departments: As course enrollments and offerings expand, possibilities for new major or minor programs may emerge. Collaboration might also inspire the development of multi- or trans-disciplinary programs. Funding for multi-campus initiatives that expedite the development of study away programs as part of collaborative curriculum is also possible.
  • Enhance small departments: ACS encourages proposals that are designed to boost the capacities of small departments. Joining curricula is a creative way to strengthen program offerings and foster professional networking for faculty in small departments.
  • 2017 grant cycle:
    • February-June: ACS outreach via campus visits, grants webpage, and conference calls
    • June 16: Pre-proposals due
    • June-August: ACS guidance on final proposals
    • November 2: Full proposals due
    • December 15: Decisions
    • January 5: Funding
  • An FAQ is available on the ACS grant webpage.
Diversity and Inclusion ACS will support initiatives that have the potential to make a lasting impact on institutional culture. Projects of this sort could be exclusively geared toward diversity and inclusion or could add diversity and inclusion to either of the first two categories above. ACS intends to support proposals that open the campus community to new forms of learning about and engaging with difference. Proposals that reflect cohesive approaches to strengthening the whole-student experience are welcome. Assessment: Grantees must demonstrate the tangible results of all grant projects. High-quality, post-grant reports are the best guarantee for sustained support from both our granting agencies and your institutions.