Provost's Office Seeking Personalized Education Project Proposals

The Office of the Provost is inviting proposals from faculty, staff and students for projects that enhance personalized education for Pitt students. Applications are due Jan. 4, 2019.

Personalized education is defined as enhanced learning through tailored engagement in educational activities that reflect each student's unique identities, experiences, interests, abilities, and aspirations.

Developing more student-centered approaches to education is critical to enhancing Pitt’s competitiveness in recruiting and supporting a diverse population of talented students. In addition to projects initiated in the Office of the Provost and in the schools, the program aims to encourage Pitt faculty, staff and students to participate in many aspects of this initiative. 

Learn more about the projects that were funded in spring 2018, the grant program’s pilot year.

Application Information Sessions

To guide prospective applicants through the proposal application process, three information sessions will be held across campus in the coming weeks:

Wednesday, Nov. 28
3:30-4:30 P.M.
323 Alumni Hall

Thursday, Nov. 29
Noon-1 p.m.
2500 Posvar Hall

Wednesday, Dec. 5
1-2 p.m.
837 William Pitt Union

Personalized education projects enhance learning in three domains:

  • Within the classroom through innovations in teaching methods and technology;
  • In curricular planning by connecting courses, majors, co-curricular activities, high-impact practices (e.g., undergraduate research, service learning, learning communities, study abroad) and the development and attainment of students’ educational goals; and
  • In extracurricular activities by matching students to experiences that encourage them to apply their learning outside of formal classroom settings.

Preference will be given to projects that are:

  • Innovative (that focus on new ideas and pilot programs),
  • Impactful for underserved populations (including first-generation college students and underrepresented minorities),
  • Scalable (approaches that may be applied to many students), and
  • Sustainable (proposals that include plans to seek continuing support from external sources or to support the program internally through existing funding sources or sources that could be developed under the plan).

Proposals will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost in consultation with faculty and staff experts.

Complete proposals should be submitted using the application management tool.

Full details about the grant program’s objectives, eligibility, proposal format and FAQs can be found online. Contact with any questions.