In April 2015, Virginia Tech approved Pathways, a new general education curriculum that guides students in integrating ways of knowing across disciplinary traditions and articulates learning outcomes relevant for the 21st century. Students will be able to complete their general education program through a distribution of courses, an interdisciplinary Pathway minor, or an innovative alternative Pathway. Ethical reasoning and global and cultural awareness is integrated across the curriculum. The arts, design thinking, computational thinking, and national issues of identity and equity are emphasized, with an opportunity for more advanced learning especially in discourse and quantitative reasoning.
In support and recognition of the scope of these curricular changes, the Provost’s Office has committed additional base funding to support the transition to Pathways. This Request for Proposals describes the grant process that will be used to invest these new resources strategically to ensure that students have access to innovative and experiential learning across the Pathways curriculum.
Deadline for submission: March 1. The Cycle is Now Closed.
1. To support the development and delivery of courses in areas of need: advanced/applied quantitative and computational reasoning, arts, design thinking, advanced/applied discourse, and identity/equity in the United States.
2. To scale up best practices in general education to reach a greater number of students.
3. To support the incorporation of engaging pedagogies and informative assessment strategies across the Pathways curriculum.
4. To increase the incorporation of high-impact practices such as undergraduate research, project-based learning, education abroad, and service learning (Kuh, 2008) in Pathways courses and minors.
5. To support the development and delivery of Pathways Minors, particularly those that span multiple colleges.
Use the template WORD file to first draft your open responses before completing the Proposal Google Form.
Once the submission is complete, you will be provided a link so you are able to go back in and edit your submission up until the deadline.
Here are supplemental documents you will need to complete your submission:
Pathways Grants will support the work of an individual or a team of faculty members in designing or redesigning courses, minors, or alternative pathways. Pathways Grants for an individual will be awarded at a maximum of $10,000. Pathways Grants for minors will be awarded a maximum of $30,000. However, multiple courses must be included in this level of work and must be offered across AT LEAST two different colleges. Priority will be given to work that aligns with outcomes of greatest need to this point (see goal 1 above).
Just need a bit of money to incorporate an innovative pedagogy or project into an existing Pathways course? You can use this same proposal process to make that request.
Awardees must commit to all of the following to receive funding:
- Participation in the Pathways Summer Institute, June 5-6 OR alternative (see note below)
- Participation in Pathways Grantees Cohort (ten 1-hr meetings per year)
- Submission of a brief report by May 1 following each year of funding
Note: If the applicant is completely unavailable for the Pathways Summer Institute, they will work with Stephen Biscotte to develop an alternative professional development plan to be completed over the course of the year.
Please email Stephen Biscotte with any questions.
Deadline for submission
March 1, cycle is now closed