Assessment Mini-Grants

Assessment Mini-Grant Information

The Office of Assessment has funding available for assessment-related activities in the form of competitive Assessment Mini-Grants. These grants are available to all faculty and staff at SHSU to help fund new or ongoing assessment practices within programs, offices, or departments; or to all faculty and staff to help fund travel to make an assessment-related presentation at a professional conference. Eligible recipients may request up to $1,000.

Application Process

All applicants must complete the Assessment Mini-Grant Application and submit it to thamrick@shsu.edu. Applications will be accepted beginning February 1, 2023, with a deadline of May 26, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by Assessment staff, and decisions regarding grant awards will be made by June 30, 2023. Funds will be available on September 1, 2023. Recipients will be required to submit a final report by August 31, 2024.

For additional information, please review the Assessment Mini-Grant Application below and contact Tama Hamrick at 936-294-1536 or thamrick@shsu.edu with any questions.

2023-2024 Assessment Mini-Grant Documents

Please use the following links to access the application, rubric, and final report template. The rubric can be used as a guide while filling out the application. Application will be available in January 2023.


Assessment Mini-Grants Awarded for 2022-2023

Ms. Bahia Braktia and Shantal Brissette, First-Year Experience
Assessing FORWARD Students' Use of Academic Success Services to Develop Supportive Practices

Ms. Sarah Browning, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Faculty Research Developmental Needs Assessment

Dr. Emma Bullock, Dr. Beth Cory, and Dr. Amy Ray, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Developing a Reliable and Valid Vocabulary Assessment for MATH 1385

Ms. Hannah Burkig and Mr. Jaron Rider, Recreational Sports
Emergency Action Plan Assessment

Dr. Kathleen Gilbert, Food Pantry
Community Perspective Assessment of Improving Culturally Responsive Food Access

Dr. Jacqueline Ingram and Dr. Jill Pagels, School of Teaching and Learning
Development of a Content-Specific Literacy Assessment Instrument

Dr. Minhyun Kim, Department of Kinesiology
Using Technology to Enhance the Motor Skill Assessment in Adapted Physical Activity Course

Dr. Anna Lu, Department of Communication Studies
Assessment of Using Virtual Reality in Increasing Intercultural Communication Competence

Dr. Taylor Martin and Dr. Beth Cory, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Developing a Calculus I Concept Inventory Assessment - Stage 1

Dr. Ling Ren, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
CJC MA/Ph.D. Program Self-Study and External Review: Addressing the Depth vs. Breadth Concer Over the Doctoral Research Portfolio Policy and Practices

Ms. Tracy Pringer Richardson, The Graduate School
Graduate Program Advisor Training

Dr. Valeece Simmons-Davis, School of Teaching and Learning
Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Candidate Efficacy with Cooperative Learning Structures

Dr. Candace Walkley, Dr. Kevin Kalinowski, and Dr. Petra Rocic, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Utilizing Formative Assessments to Provide Differentiated Instruction in an Osteopathic Medical Student Cohort

Dr. Megan Woolford, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Skills Rubric Development and Implementation

Assessment Mini-Grant Showcase

The Office of Assessment has selected the following Mini-Grants to showcase:

Maria Holmes, Honors College - Honors College Admission and Retention Assessment

Jesse Starkey, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy - International Journalism Training Follow-up Assessments

Jaron Rider, Recreational Sports - Student Staff Risk Management Knowledge and Skills Assessment

Michael Sproat, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Sam Houston Memorial Museum Visitor Experience Assessment


  • 2021-2022 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    Jonathan Alvarez, Office of Human Resources
    Human Resources Employee Retention Analysis

    Ulan Dakeev, Department of Engineering Technology
    Neo Technologies Assessment Manual

    Patricia Durham, School of Teaching and Learning
    Increasing Literacy Specialists' Efficacy for Advocacy and Leadership Through Reciprocal Mentoring

    Steve Nenninger, Department of General Business and Finance
    Assessing EMBA Students Using a Banking Simulation

    Deborah Popham, School of Music
    Applied Music Performance Skills and Diverse Repertoire Assessments

    Amy Ray, Emma Bullock, and Mary Swarthout, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Developing Reliable and Valid Vocabulary Assessment for Math 1384

    Keila Tyner, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
    Enhancing Assessment and Student Learning in the Fully Online Fashion Merchandising Program

  • 2020-2021 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    Leslie Anglesey, Department of English
    Assessing First-Year Writing Completion Rates Among Student Populations

    Siham Bouamer, Department of World Languages and Cultures
    Assessing Graduate Students' Oral Proficiency in World Languages and Cultures

    Benita Brooks & Helen Berg, School of Teaching and Learning
    Culturally Responsive Teaching in Teacher Preparation

    Stephen Brown, Department of Population Health
    Post-Graduation Employment Survey

    Emma Bullock & Amy Ray, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Developing a Reliable and Valid Vocabulary Assessment for MATH 3381

    Sheng-Lun Cheng, Donggil Song, & Marilyn Rice, Department of Library Science and Technology
    A Longitudinal Assessment of Students Motivational Processes and Products in an Online Doctoral Program to Increase Student Retention

    Ulan Dakeev, Department of Engineering Technology
    Assessment With NeoTechnologies - ARCADE

    Diane Dowdey & April Shemak, Department of English
    Assessing the English Graduate Certificate and the English MA Program

    Jason Ingram, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    Third-Party Review of the Criminal Justice BA/BS Program

    Geraldine Monjardez, David Thompson, & Rajesh Balaraman, Department of Forensic Science, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Biological Sciences
    Imaging Technology as an Interactive Learning Tool in Undergraduate STEM Courses

    Jannah Nerren, College of Education
    Assessing Mental Health Knowledge of Teacher Educators

    Jaron Rider, Recreational Sports
    Combatting Lack of Exercise, Disconnect from the University and Social Isolations Through Virtual Recreational Programming

    Mahdi Safa, Department of Engineering Technology
    Creating Predictive Models for Business Solutions Using Geoprocessing

    Min Jae Suh, Department of Engineering Technology
    Improving the Scholarship Application Assessment Rubric: Identifying Self-Plagiarism on Scholarship Applications

    Mingkui Wei & Bing Zhou, Department of Computer Science
    Enhancement of ABET CAC Criteria on Program Educational Objectives and Continuous Improvement

  • 2019-2020 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    M.C. Breen and Steven D. Koether, Academic Success Center and College of Science and Engineering Technology
    GUIA: Graduate/Undergraduate Instructor Academy Assessment

    Jin Young Choi and Douglas H. Constance, Department of Sociology
    Aligning the "Writing in Sociology" Mid-level Course Assessment Across Instructors and Formats

    Ulan Dakeev, Department of Engineering Technology
    Spatial Cognition Tools for Future Design Engineering Students

    Juan D. Daza, Rajesh Balaraman, and Patricia Ramsey, Department of Art and Department of Biological Sciences
    Assessment of a 3-day Workshop on SHSU Community Engagement: SHSU Art and Biology Department

    Jennifer J. Didier, Department of Kinesiology
    Using Virtual Reality to Increase the Learning and Assessment of our Students

    Kathleen Gilbert, COHS-Food Pantry
    Food Pantry Awareness Assessment

    Forrest Lane, Department of Educational Leadership
    Impact of First-Year Seminars on Students Placed into Developmental Education

    Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin and Glenn Sanford, Department of Psychology & Philosophy
    Developing a Writing Assessment Instrument for PHIL 2306

    Carolyn Moore, School of Music
    Developing a Comprehensive Plan for Assessing Music Therapy Students' Professional Disposition and Clinical Musicianship SKills

    Lori Rose, Ericka Dupclay, Lixin Wang, and Rajesh Balaraman, Department of Biological Sciences
    Evaluation of Laboratory Assistants in the Department of Biological Sciences

    Temilola Salami, Department of Psychology & Philosophy
    Identifying Human Trafficking Victims: Measurement Development and Validation

    Danica L. Schieber, Department of General Business and Finance
    The Search for Confidence: Analyzing Student Presentation Reflections

    Michael Sproat, Sam Houston Memorial Museum
    Sam Houston Memorial Museum Strategic Planning

    Dana Van De Walker, International Programs
    Best Practice Perspectives on International Student Recruitment from Texas Community Colleges

    Tamara Waggener, Department of Political Science
    Assessing Civic and Political Engagement

  • 2018-2019 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    Sinem Akay-Sullivan, Department of Counselor Education
    Implementing Heart Rate Variability and Blood Oxygen Saturation Measurements in Assessment and Treatment of Trauma

    Min Kyung An and Peter Cooper, Department of Computer Science
    Development of Transition Plans to New Mandatory ABET CAC Criteria

    Jessica Bedore, Department of Agricultural Sciences
    Assessing Knowledge and Skills in Equine Nutrition

    Wyatt Brown, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    MSCJ Graduate Exit Exam Implementation

    Jin Young Choi and Douglas H. Constance, Department of Sociology
    Aligning the Sociology Capstone Course Across Teaching Formats and Instructors

    Lindsay Clark, Department of General Business and Finance
    Scaffolding for Success in Information Literacy

    Dana Grant, Residence Life
    Residence Life Student Satisfaction Assessment Project

    Melinda Holt, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Assessment of Core Mathematics Interventions

    John Jordan, SAM Center
    Attending the NACADA Assessment Institute for Training and Workshops

    Jannah Nerren, College of Education
    CAEP Conference Travel

    Megan Richardson, Office of Health Promotion
    National College Health Assessment

    Jaron Rider, Recreational Sports
    Instilling a Growth Mindset in Challenge Course and Climbing Wall Participants

    William Shepherd, Department of Physics
    Specifications-Based Grading in Upper-Division Physics

    Susanna Shupp, Academic Success Center
    Assessment of State Mandated Co-Requisite Math Models

    Tabitha Tipton, Lowman Student Center
    Safety Certifications

  • 2017-2018 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    Tatiana Artamonova, Department of World Languages and Cultures
    Comparing the Outcomes of Online and Face-to-Face Spanish Courses

    William Blackwell, Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations
    Design and Implementation of a Program Completer Survey to Inform Curriculum Decisions

    Simone Camel, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
    New Accreditation Standards Assessment Workshop

    Christina Ellis, College of Education
    Teacher Preparation Capstone Portfolio

    Dana Grant, Residence Life
    Residence Life Student Satisfaction Assessment Project

    Jannah Nerren, College of Education's Center for Assessment
    Artful Assessment: College-Wide Assessment Mini-Conference

    Ryan Randa, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    College of Criminal Justice Senior Exit Survey

    Megan Richardson, Office of Health Promotion
    SHSU Fights the Flu: Strategies for Increasing the Vaccination Rate at a Large University

    Ashly Smith and Traci Austin, Department of General Business and Finance
    Improving Professional Presentation Skills: Skills Assessment and Peer Feedback with Video Recordings

    Michael Sproat, Sam Houston Memorial Museum
    Sam Houston Memorial Museum Visitor Experience Assessment

    Jeffrey Sullivan, Department of Counselor Education
    Implementing Personality Assessment Inventory

    Candice Wilson, First-Year Experience
    Freshman Learning Communities Assessment

    David Yebra, High Potential Employee Leadership Academy
    Leadership Academy Meta-Assessment

  • 2016-2017 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    William Blackwell, Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations
    Developing Multi-Point Assessment Instruments for Measuring the Knowledge, Ethical and Professional Reasoning, and Growth

    Mae Cox, Julie Herron, Jamie Coyne, and Victoria Hollas, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    Assessment of Teaching Post Bacc Students

    Sarah Fritsch, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Calculus Preparation Project

    Dana Grant, Residence Life
    Annual Residence Life Student Satisfaction Survey

    Lisa Muftic, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
    Assessing Criminal Justice Living Learning Communities

    Jaron Rider, Recreational Sports
    Student Staff Risk Management Knowledge and Skills Assessment

    Michael Sproat, Sam Houston Memorial Museum
    Sam Houston Memorial Museum Visitor Experience Assessment

    Ann Stiles and Linda James, School of Nursing
    Teaching Transcultural Self-Efficacy in Nursing Students

    Mary Williams, Department of Kinesiology
    Assessing Inter-Professional Education in Healthcare Professions

    Kelly Zinn, School of Nursing
    A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Virtual Simulation on Clinical Judgment and Confidence in Pre-Licensure BSN Students

  • 2015-2016 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    Patsy Collins, Student Money Management Center
    Classroom Assessment Utilizing Student Response Systems

    Karla Eidson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    First Generation College Students Perceptions of Study Abroad

    Jose Santiago, Department of Kinesiology
    Development of an Instrument to Assess Pre-Service Physical Education

    James Van Roekel, Lowman Student Center
    Lowman Student Center Student Participation Tracking

  • 2014-2015 Assessment Mini-Grant Recipients

    Julie Albert and Linda Zientek, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Student Success Rates of Developmental Mathematics Students By Student Profiles

    Maria Holmes, Honors College
    Honors College Admission and Retention Assessment

    John Jordan, SAM Center
    Qualitative Program Assessment

    Steven Koether, College of Sciences
    FoS: Online Peer Evaluation of Effort - Improving the Ease of Use

    Valerie Powell, Department of Art
    Assessing Risk-Taking in the Classroom

    Todd Primm, Department of Biological Sciences
    Developing the Microbiology Concept Inventory

    Glenn Sanford and David Wright, Department of Psychology and Philosophy
    Assessing Student Metacognition as an Indicator of Critical Thinking Skills

    Jesse Starkey, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy
    International Journalism Training Follow-up Assessments

    James Van Roekel, Lowman Student Center
    LSC Student Evaluation

    Tamara Waggener, Department of Political Science
    Assessment and Pedagogy in Required POLS Course