RFP - New or Enhanced Undergraduate Classes


Expand and enhance the number, relevance, and quality of undergraduate class offerings that meet the needs of academic programs in the College or the University.  We are strongly encouraging creative thought on how to achieve our shared goals of academic excellence, student success, and student experiences through our curricular offerings (see as an example CAT (Connecting Across Topics) Communities: http://k-state.edu/CAT for more information relevant to interdisciplinary, professional skills development, study abroad, etc.).  University classes may include but not limited to: Honors sections, Baccalaureate Core classes (Difference, Power, Discrimination; Science, Technology, Society; Contemporary Global Issues), and First Year Experience classes (Orientation, Exploratory, U-Engage).


We will work with you to ensure that your proposal addresses the relevant College Preference Criteria for Small or Large Investment Fund awards (http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/deans-investment-fund).

Proposals that incorporate one or more of the following criteria will be favored:

  • The proposed class fills an identified gap in an existing or new undergraduate program, satisfies existing program requirements, or leverages CoF instruction across campus.
  • The class is likely to be approved for Baccalaureate Core.
  • The class uses innovative pedagogy (e.g., experiential, service, and/or interdisciplinary learning)
  • The class engages faculty from more than one department or discipline
  • The class is likely to attract students from multiple disciplines and programs


  • Comprehensive class syllabus
  • Submitted Category II proposal (where required)
  • Class materials (e.g., reading list, website, etc.)
  • Teaching commitment. Faculty commit to offering the class every year for at least 5 years


We anticipate investing up to $5,000 for development of each course.  Individuals/collaborative groups will be able to utilize this investment at their discretion, conditional on approved uses of College funds.  Final budgets will be agreed upon in conversation with the Program Administrator, and take into account the workload and participants involved, and other associated costs (e.g., travel, equipment, labor).

If you are proposing an E-campus course, then you must first seek E-campus support for its development.  If your proposal bridges multiple RFP objectives (e.g., internationalizing curriculum, graduate class components, diversity enhancement), then you should discuss your proposal with the relevant Program Administrators for each of these RFP objectives.


Proposers must submit a detailed budget with justifications; you may upload a budget spreadsheet in the application if you prefer.

Generally, deliverables are due and budget must be expended within 12 months of the start of the project; elements of this agreement will include periodic progress reports.  A timeline will be agreed upon in conversation with the Program Administrator.


During the application process, we recommend that you discuss your plans with Randy Rosenberger, the Undergraduate Program Administrator.

Application deadline is March 15, 2014.  Funding decisions will be made by April 15, 2014.

Department Head support is a required component of the application process.