This program provides an opportunity for a team of two or more faculty members from a department, or across departments, to develop, improve, transform, and examine core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. The grant is a means to engage in a systematic, forward-looking project expected to render fundamental and breakthrough ideas which will enhance and transform Berkeley's undergraduate experience. Preference will be given for faculty designing or redesigning courses that meet Undergraduate Initiative curricular goals (see page 3 of linked pdf). The grant program funds projects up to $20,000 over the one-year grant period.
The purpose of this grant program is to make available funds to carry out curriculum enrichment efforts that are meaningful and achievable. Funds are intended to make curriculum enrichment projects possible at the department/program level that may involve curricular revision or the introduction of new curricular components that address a specific need or opportunity. The grantees will be able to “close the loop” on their curriculum planning and innovation in the program, supported by gathering evidence of student learning and experiences across courses or at the end of a degree program, and guide further improvements in the curriculum by using the evidence gathered. The grant program will also focus on developing strategies that lead to a sustainable enrichment process to be continued by the department or program, and will lead to an examination of genuine questions about curriculum through these one-time, “start-up” funds. For the work involved, the budget must include funding for at least one Graduate Student Research Assistant; up to 20% ($4000) of the total award may be used as research stipends for the faculty team supervising the project. In order to seed the broadest number of sustainable efforts, we will provide no more than one grant per department.