The California State University
Call For Proposals: 2004
Information Competence Initiative

The California State University is making grants available to academic departments for the purpose of integrating information competence into the learning outcomes of their programs.


Since 1995, the CSU has been committed to developing a program of information competence for both its undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose is to ensure that all students graduate with a mastery of this important lifelong learning skill.


Department chairs, directors, or coordinators of major, minor, interdisciplinary, or professional programs; chairs of departmental curriculum committees, or faculty with departmental programmatic responsibilities. Please also consult with a liaison from the library.


Proposals due: April 23, 2004 (only e-mail submission will be accepted. Send by 5pm on April 23, 2004 to

Applicants notified: May 21, 2004

Funds are to be used in the 2004-2005 academic year. Previous information competence grant awards have averaged around $5,000.

  1. Develop assignments in core courses taken by all students (e.g. entry to major, capstone experience) in which they will demonstrate their information competence skills and abilities.
  2. Hold a department retreat to learn about the place of information competence in the program's curriculum; reflect upon, and reinvigorate, curriculum content by integrating information competence principles into course learning outcomes; revise syllabi to include information competence learning outcomes, and/or to develop problem-based learning activities which will promote information competence skills and abilities. (Please note that retreat meals/refreshments are not a permissible expense).
  3. Create and implement and assessment strategy to evaluate how well students acquire and are able to transfer their information competence skills and abilities throughout their coursework (from lower to upper division, or within a graduate program).
  1. A list of the department's student learning outcomes that include the skills of information competence.
  2. Assignments indicating that students are being asked to demonstrate the various skills of information competence throughout the curriculum
  3. Syllabi for courses that specifically identify assignments that promote information competence
  4. Web pages that provide the proposal, the activities, and the deliverables (see for previous examples).
  5. Willingness to share grant outcomes within and beyond the CSU
  1. Activities must result in a statement of information competence as a required learning outcome for the degree program. Articulate exactly what information competencies will be achieved as part of the program's learning outcomes.
  2. An appropriate member of the library faculty must play a role in project activities.
  3. Specific learning outcomes must be consistent with the ACRL Information Competency Standards for Higher Education (

Length: Excluding the cover page, the proposal should be no longer than five (5) pages, and must include the following:

  1. Cover page: Title of Proposal; Name of department chair, director, coordinator, or curriculum committee chair; Department or program name; Campus; Full and complete mailing address; Email, phone and phone of requestor; Amount of funds requested; Date of submission.
  2. Abstract: Briefly describe the project and its goals.
  3. Project Activities: Describe the activities through which you will implement an information competence requirement into your department's educational program. Describe the role of the library faculty in the department's planning.
  4. Timeline: Prepare a timeline showing when these activities will occur.
  5. Population: Describe the population that will directly benefit from this project.
  6. Budget: Prepare a budget that estimates and explains the cost of the project. Grant funds cannot be used to purchase equipment, technology, or refreshments.
  7. Qualifications: Include a brief statement of the participants' knowledge of, and experience with, information competence.
  8. Letter of support: Include a brief letter from the Dean attesting to institutional willingness to participate in this project.

Proposals will be reviewed by a group of CSU faculty, librarians, and administrators. Proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  1. Connection between information competence learning outcomes and the discipline's learning outcomes.
  2. Conformance with project requirements listed above.
  3. Specificity and soundness of project timelines.
  4. Specificity and congruence between budget and proposed activities.

Encouragement is given to those disciplines and programs which attract a large number of transfer students, or from the following disciplines which have not applied for information competence grants in the past: Criminal Justice, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Music, Physics, Political Science, Statistics, Teacher Education and Theatre Arts.


Dr. Ilene F. Rockman
Manager, Information Competence Initiative
Office of the Chancellor
The California State University