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Assessment - Funding: CQI Fund

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Fund

students in robotics lab

(CQI) Fund – data driven and requires evidence of a gap in student outcomes collected through direct or indirect measures and/or observations in the classroom. Awarded faculty are expected to collect further data and report their findings in order to be considered for further funding. (Fast Track fund available for smaller/quick access projects.)

Sample Project

Professor L. finds that incoming CIT students do not have a solid understanding of how to sequence logical steps for the end goal of basic programming.  She finds a personable, gender-neutral robot for $200 that can be programmed through the computers that already exist in the lab.  Through this fund, she orders six robots for her lab groups and reorganizes her syllabus to use them in the first week of the next semester.  After summative assessment indicates students – especially those traditionally underrepresented in computer science – demonstrate increased understanding of logical sequencing Professor L. presents the results at a division meeting.  Her division then requests additional funding in their next program review to buy more robots for the other three campuses.

Samples accepted for funding, Spring 2019:

Sample: Anatomy Coloring Books
Sample: Medical Examiner Cadaver Autopsy Field Trip

Samples accepted for funding, Fall 2018:

Sample 1: Classical Knife Cut Improvement
Sample 2: Incorporating Games & Laughter
Sample 3: Scope of the Solar System


Standard: Faculty can request up to $2000 of materials for classroom innovations to be delivered the following semester. $22,000 available each semester.

Fast Track: Faculty can request up to $500 of materials to be delivered in the current semester. $3000 available each semester.

These funds cannot be used to compensate for faculty time or curriculum development.

Left over funds at the end of a fiscal year will be used to pay any overages from the previous year. Funds are nontransferable and unused monies must be returned to the CQI fund.

In accordance with CCAC travel policies, CQI reimbursement shall not exceed the actual cost of any authorized travel and must be documented appropriately.

The decision of A&R regarding funds is final and cannot be overturned.



Documentation of learning gap and proposal to address that gap. Description of data collection process and plan to report findings. See application for details.

The applications need to contain data and not rely only on anecdotal evidence.

Faculty using CQI money to travel must report their findings to A&R upon their return.


All applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For Priority Consideration: Please submit applications to Kalina White, KLI 330, Allegheny Campus, by the first Thursday of March and October.

  • $500-$2000 – reviewed by Assessment and Research according to their schedule.
  • Less than $500 - reviewed by Assessment Team at first available opportunity.
If appropriate with College Fiscal Year Closing Schedule and purchasing process, funds will be available in same semester.


Once approved by A&R or Assessment Team, applicants will be notified. Assessment Team administrative assistant puts in requisitions, but it will take about a month in best-case scenarios for approvals to go through. Purchasing will cut the purchase order.

In the event of limited funds and identical rubric scores, the following list will be used to break ties: First-time requests from an individual or department, Classroom Innovations and Tools, Assessment Tools, Travel, Professional Development Speakers and External Expert Consulting.

If a member of the Subcommittee has submitted a proposal they should recuse themselves from the decision making process.

CQI Application: PDF | Word

CQI Travel Application: PDF | Word

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