Frequently Asked Questions about Request for Proposals and Nominations for RC20/20

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Question:  I am interested in the work of one of the Reinvention Collaborative’s Specialized Networks.  Have those networks provided suggestions for topics that might be of particular interest?

Answer: Yes, the co-chairs of each of the specialized networks have provided the following suggestions for topics for case studies of research-based initiatives that would be of particular interest to members of each network.

The Network on Curricular/Co-curricular Engagement & Integrative Learning

  • Effective institutional structures and/or strategies for providing, managing, tracking, and/or recognizing meaningful engagement in beyond-the-classroom experiences and related learning
  • Definitions and measures for assessing engagement and learning
  • Evidence of the impact of student engagement and/or integrative learning
  • Academic program models that demonstrate a balanced approach to within- and beyond-the-classroom experiences and learning
  • Models of institutional organization that support the integration of within- and beyond-the-classroom learning (e.g., positions, reporting structures, financial support)
  • Institutional challenges (and potential solutions) to implementing comprehensive integrative learning
  • Innovative technologies to support student engagement and integrative learning

The Network on Student Success Data & Analytics

  • Implementation of data governance or ethical standards related to the collection and use of student data
  • Successful implementation of data sharing that supports strategic change
  • Supporting student success by sharing analytical knowledge with students to support behavior change
  • The process of supporting institutional change via empirical analysis

The Network on Advising & Academic Guidance

  • Curricular structures/practices that result in students being more self-directed and self-regulated in their educational planning and out-of-class preparation
  • Examples of research used to establish and evaluate innovative advising initiatives
  • Research on advising practices and policies that enhance student engagement, learning, or persistence to graduation
  • Research on the impact of self-reflection about educational experiences on self-regulated educational planning, learning, persistence, and post-graduation preparation
  • Research on the utility and risks of analytics designed to inform advising interventions

The Network on the Science of Learning & Pedagogical Innovation

  • Specific curricular innovations and their effects on learning, student engagement, academic achievement, or other relevant factors
  • Approaches to course/curriculum redesign and/or professional development that promote the design and implementation of research-based courses and pedagogies, particularly those using active learning and other student engagement approaches
  • Approaches to engaging disciplinary faculty members in the science of learning (SoL) and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and to incentivizing/rewarding disciplinary faculty for such work
  • Approaches to linking assessment, analytics, institutional research, program review or other relevant data and processes with course/curriculum redesign and/or professional development in ways that promote the design and use of research-based courses and instruction
  • Approaches to linking curricula and instruction with peer learning and/or other co-curricular endeavors in ways that deepen learning

Question: I am interested in submitting a proposal or nomination.  How do I submit it?

Answer: Proposals and nominations should follow the template described in the Request for Proposals and emailed to in PDF format by December 1, 2017.

RC20/20 Project Description

Request for Proposals