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Gateways to Completion: Course Redesign Faculty Learning Community

The Provost invites applications from faculty for the AY2017-2018 Gateways to Completion Course Redesign Faculty Learning Community (G2C FLC). This FLC is part of a national effort led by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to improve student success in large enrollment gateway courses that traditionally have high failure rates. Kennesaw State University is one of over forty institutions internationally participating in the Gateways to Completion initiative, and one of ten in the University System of Georgia cohort.  

As part of this initiative, the purpose of the G2C FLC is to bring faculty together during the Spring 2018 semester to discuss the literature and share ideas on best practices in teaching and learning in large enrollment introductory classes, with a view to improving student success and reducing D/F/W/I rates. These discussions will inform a course redesign plan that will be created during a culminating five-day Course Redesign Lab in June and July, 2018. Participating faculty will then implement their course redesign in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, work with the KSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to assess the effectiveness of their redesign, collect data on implementation when they teach, and present their redesign plan and outcomes at the Gateways to Completion Faculty Annual Colloquium in Fall 2019.

The KSU G2C website will feature the teaching innovations of participating faculty. In addition, their work will be spotlighted by the KSU Complete College of Georgia initiative and will be reported to the University System of Georgia for possible spotlight.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:59pm


Each faculty member who completes all expectations of the three program modules, as outlined below, will receive a total stipend of $4000. Disbursement will occur for a given module following satisfactory completion of all attendance and deliverable expectations for that module, as follows.

  • May 2018 disbursement of $1000, following completion of Module 1
  • August 2018 disbursement of $2000, following completion of Module II
  • December 2019 disbursement of $1000, following completion of Module III


Module I. Spring Faculty Learning Community Meetings

When: Fridays, 11:00am – 12:15 p.m. on the following dates in Spring 2018.

  • January 19
  • February 2 & 16
  • March 2, 16 & 30
  • April 13 & 27

Where: CETL, Kennesaw Campus


  • Attendance: Participants must actively participate in 80% of all Spring 2018 G2C FLC meetings.
  • Self-Study Deliverables for the course that will be redesigned:
    • Collect benchmark data on learning outcomes and D/F/W/I rates, with CETL guidance during one semester in AY2017-2018.
    • Post all course grades in D2L.
    • Administer the Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG).
    • Work with a CETL consultant to collect data on teaching via classroom observations and Small Group Instructional Diagnoses (student focus groups) in AY2017-2018.

Module II. Course Redesign Lab

When: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the following dates in Summer 2018.

  • June 13: Backward Design for Learning Centered Teaching
  • June 15: Assessment Design
  • June 18: Learning Activities Design
  • June 20: Finalizing Sample Modules and Peer Feedback
  • July 16: Faculty Participants Complete Redesign Presentations, with Peer Feedback

Where:  CETL, Kennesaw Campus

Prerequisite: Module I


  • Attendance: Participants must actively participate in 100% of the Course Redesign Lab meetings.
  • Course Redesign Deliverables:
    • Submit a written course redesign plan, including the course syllabus, schedule, and sample modules with sample class activities, assessments and rubrics by June 20, 2018.
    • Submit a written assessment data plan to measure student learning outcomes for the redesigned course.
    • Submit all class activity and assessment plans for the redesigned course by July 16, 2018.

Module III. Implementation, Self-Study, and Scholarship

When: AY 2018-2019 and Fall 2019 the first time the course is taught following completion of the G2C FLC Course Redesign Lab

Prerequisite: Module II


  • Attendance: Attend and present posters at the Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 G2C Faculty Annual Colloquiums
  • Deliverables:
    • Teach the redesigned course, the first time the course is taught following completion of the G2C FLC Course Redesign Lab (no later than Summer 2019)
    • Participate in the Education Advisory Board Student Success Collaborative Grade First early Alert System.
    • Post all course grades in D2L
    • Students should complete graded assignments and global assessments of student performance by week four of the semester and team with an advisor to intervene with students who are flagged in the system.
    • Collect data as part of the redesign data collection plan and collaborate with CETL for a class observation and Small Group Instructional Diagnosis.
    • Continue to collect data on the redesigned course as they teach it thereafter.


Full-time and Part-time KSU faculty who teach one or more of KSU’s gateway courses (which include all 1000 and 2000 level high enrollment courses with a D/F/W/I rate of 20% or more) are eligible for this program. Faculty who participated in the College of Sciences and Mathematics Student Success Initiative Faculty Learning Community are not eligible for this program.

The following is a list of courses with enrollments in the thousands each year and DFWI rates that KSU would like to target.  However, the G2C committee would be interested in knowing of other courses that reach the target DFWI threshold and are large, even if not in the thousands. Please make a case for inclusion of your course when filling out an application if it is not in the list below.
Acct 2100
Acct 2200
Chem 1211
Chem 1211L
Econ 2100
Econ 2300
Engl 1102
Hist 1112
Hist 2112
Math 1106
Math 1107
Math 1111
Math 1112
Math 1113
Math 1190
Musi 1107
Phil 2200
Pols 1101
Psyc 1101
Sci 1101
Well 1000

Selection and Application Process

The selection committee will consist of persons from the Office of the Provost and CETL. Selection is based on eligibility and answers to the application questions. The complete application must be submitted electronically. If accepted, a commitment to participate must be sent within a week of notification. If the commitment is not received in this timeframe, your spot will be awarded to the next qualified applicant. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Participation in the G2C FLC may impact the limits of participants’ workload. Compensation for a given module will only be released following the completion of all attendance and deliverable requirements for that module. Acceptance to the G2C FLC does not guarantee future employment at Kennesaw State University. If you are interested in applying, but have questions about your workload limits, please contact Faculty Affairs.

Application Process 
Individual applicants must complete the application fields below and upload the following supporting documentation:

  • A letter of application (2500 Characters Maximum not including spaces) that addresses each of the following:
    • Why you are interested in participating in this G2C FLC?
    • Describe any special knowledge or experience you may have with innovative instructional practices and or conducting research on teaching and learning (including research methodologies).
  • An application cover sheet signed by your department chair. 

Submission Instructions
1. Fill out the required fields and text areas below.
2. Upload the Letter of Application and the Application coversheet merged into one PDF in the fields..

    • Select the “choose the file” button and select your document
    • Select the upload button

3. Click "Submit" when you are ready to submit your application.
4. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, you should immediately contact CETL in case there was an "electronic glitch." It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the proposal was received by the deadline.

Application Documents