Columbus State University Print Logo

Application for Course Development Grant (formerly Category B-C)

This article has information on:


The purpose of the Online Course Improvement Grants is to facilitate the redesign of online and hybrid courses that will enhance the overall quality, scope, and reach of teaching and learning at Columbus State University. This will be accomplished by providing financial incentives, expert instructional design assistance, and technology support to faculty. 


Maximize the number of QM certified online and hybrid courses offered by CSU.


  1. All full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty at CSU are eligible to apply for an online course improvement grant.
  2. Faculty must successfully complete the initial Quality Matters (QM) course Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) and maintain their APPQMR training by completing any subsequent updates set forth by QM.
  3. Course must have been taught (either face-to-face or online) at least 2 times in the past 36 months.
  4. The proposer does NOT need to have taught the course previously, but preference may be given to those who have.
  5. Grants are limited to course improvements.

Back to Top Button

Grant Criteria

This grant is intended for courses that meet at least 75% of the QM essential standards or have a self-evaluation score of at least 60%, but are in need of significant work to meet the full standard for QM certification. These courses will go through an official QM course review with the goal of receiving the QM certification mark, recognizing that the course has met all of the essential standards and receives at least 85 of the possible 100 points on the rubric. The award for this category is a $1500 stipend.

Back to Top Button

Stipend Payment

Stipends will be paid upon completion of QM certification or internal review as specified in the corresponding award category.

Back to Top Button


Grant recipients must agree to present, if selected, at a CSU faculty forum during the next regular academic year (fall or spring) following the one in which the work was done, provided they successfully completed the course improvement grant process.

Back to Top Button

Grant Cycle

Application for Course Development Grant

Only one grant cycle per year will be available for course development proposals. The proposed timeline for 2019 is as follows (actual dates to be scheduled):

Announcement of Request for Proposals February 4, 2019
Grant applications due April 1, 2019 - PLEASE NOTE: The deadline has been extended to April 30th, 2019
Announcement of grant awards May 6, 2019
Course Improvement Period May - August 2019
Deadline for Course Submission for Peer Review August 12, 2019
Course amendment work (if applicable) August–December, 2019
Reviews Complete/Grant Stipends Awarded December 2019 / January 2020

Proposal Requirements

  1. A QM Self-Review of the course as it exists at the time of the proposal must be produced using the online tool available through MyQM. This should be attached to your online submission form in PDF format. For instructions on how to access this tool view the video.
  2. The proposal should indicate which unmet standards in the self-review are to be addressed so that the standard is met and the methods that will be used to accomplish these improvements. Note: Not all unmet standards need to be addressed, but proposals must indicate a need to meet any sufficient standards in order to meet QM standards for certification. 
  3. Proposal restrictions:
    1. Grantees may only have one grant award active at the same time.
    2. Only one instance of a course (e.g., ENGL 1101) may have an active grant award at the same time.
  4. Proposals must include the impact the course has on student programs and how it contributes to your program, department, and/or student needs. The proposal might include, for example, how frequently the course is offered, course enrollment data, which programs are served, and similar information.

Back to Top Button

Submission Steps

Application for Course Development Grant

  1. Complete the QM Course Review Application (will be forwarded to chair for approval):
    1. Log into CougarNET
    2. Log into ISIS
    3. Click Faculty + Advisors
    4. Select the Faculty Services Tab
    5. Select Online Course Improvement Grant Application
    6. Fill out and submit
  2. Attach the QM self-review of your course.

Back to Top Button

Online Course Improvement Grant Proposal Scoring Rubric

The following scoring rubric is used to determine the priority of awards for applications for course development grants.

Criteria Score Out of Comments
Impact on student programs.   10  
Comprehensive self-review identifying deficiencies and plans for improvement.   15  
Proposed course changes will significantly improve the course.   15  
Proposed course content curated by faculty (vs. outsourced to publisher course packs or other LMS's).   10  
Total Score   50  

Back to Top Button