Category 1: College and Academic Unit, Multiyear Funding or One-year Funding

Proposals for Category 1: College and Academic Unit: Creating Inclusive Excellence at MSU.  College and Academic Unit proposals should be aligned with MSU’s six strategic imperatives, and incorporate MSU’s value of inclusiveness:  Enhance the student experience, increase research opportunities, expand international reach, enrich community, economic, and family life and university outreach, strengthen the stewardship of MSU, and advance a culture of high performance and full participation.

Please note, while a request may be made for multiple-year funding, a meritorious proposal may be deemed more appropriate for one year of funding. 

Purpose and Goals

Proposals should be based on the objective to create inclusive excellence, enhance student experiences, and contribute to student success. We are particularly interested in proposals that demonstrate collaborative relationships across units that will contribute to student persistence and graduation. In defining what is meant by inclusive excellence, the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) commissioned three papers:

  • Making Diversity Work on Campus: A Research-Based Perspective
  • Achieving Equitable Educational Outcomes with All Students: The Institutions Roles and Responsibilities
  • Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence and Change in Postsecondary Institutions

The AAC&U multi-year effort was designed to help universities:

(a) integrate their diversity and quality efforts
(b) situate this work at the core of institutional functioning
(c) realize the educational benefits available to students and to the institution when this integration is done well and is sustained over time.” (Clayton-Pedersen and Musil 2005).

Proposals for funding can be guided by, but not limited to the following four primary elements advanced by the AAC&U for defining inclusive excellence and are to be consistent with MSU’s six strategic imperatives. 

  1. A focus on student intellectual and social development
  2. A purposeful development and utilization of organizational resources to enhance student learning.
  3. Attention to the cultural differences learners bring to the educational experience and that enhance the enterprise.
  4. A welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning.

Proposals can include, but are not limited to, strategic initiatives in the following areas (Williams, Berger, McClendon 2005):

  1. Access, Inclusion, and Equity – initiatives designed to enhance diversity and success among students, faculty, and staff at the University (e.g., a proposal that identifies as an outcome increased retention of faculty and students).
  2. Inclusion in the formal and informal curriculum – inclusive content in courses, programs, and experiences across the various academic programs and in the social dimensions of the campus environment.
  3. Campus Climate – The development of a campus climate that is supportive of all who live and work here.
  4. Student Learning and Development – The acquisition of content knowledge about diverse groups and cultures and the development of cognitive complexity and enhanced critical thinking.

Proposal Format

Based on the reforms of the annual budget planning process, including the goal to simplify the process where feasible, proposals should not exceed more than six pages of narrative. The following should be included to be considered:

  1. Primary focus or beneficiaries of the proposal (undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, others)
  2. Brief description of the proposed program or activity
  3. Briefly describe the problem or opportunity you seek to address
  4. Summarize the type of work or activities that the request will fund
  5. Evidence of support from dean or department chair(s)/director(s) of the college(s). Please note that a letter of support MUST be included with the proposal submission or it will not be reviewed.
  6. Outcomes and Impacts: what outcomes do you expect, and for each outcome you identify, indicate the following:
    • who benefits
    • what measures will you use to assess impacts, outcomes, benefits
    • what milestones with reference to these measures do you expect and proposed for accountability
  7. Budget and Personnel: provide if the request is for multiple- or one-year funding and good faith estimates on project cost, which at a minimum should include detailed costs for the following:
    • salary and wages (where appropriate)
    • equipment
    • SS&E
    • other costs
    • unit match
    • any external funding sources and the amount
    • total FTE(s) to be hired through this project (include tenure stream faculty, temporary personnel, and FTE GA or RA)

Determination of Funding Type

After review, it may be determined that a proposal for multiple-year funds may be meritorious and warrant funding, but the decision is to offer one-year funding. Under these circumstances, the decision will be discussed with the college or academic unit administrator prior to notice of the award. Factors that influence this decision can include whether the project or aspects of the project should be piloted on a short-term basis and the balance of available Category 1 funds.

Multiple-year funds for FTE(s) in support of the project will be considered. However, as noted in “Determination of Funding Type” above, factors that influence this decision can include whether the project or aspects of the project should be piloted on a short-term basis and balance of grant funds.

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