CFP: Project Rising Tide Course Innovation Program

In support of retention and student success, the Office for Academic Affairs seeks proposals from UA faculty for funding to assist them in the redesign of large enrollment courses. A goal of the Rising Tide course innovations grants program is to support faculty seeking to redesign large enrollment classes to increase the academic success of our students. The challenges and objectives of the course might dictate redesign activities such as inclusion of experiential activities, adding new technologies and more. Applicants are encouraged to think big.


  • Faculty interested in redesigning an entire course with enrollment greater than 100 are encouraged to apply.
  • Pre-proposals and full proposal submissions must be approved by the appropriate department chair and dean.
  • Faculty are strongly encouraged to work with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Faculty Resource Center, the Center for Academic Success and the Project Rising Tide Initiative in the Office for Academic Affairs to develop ideas and identify evidence-based project goals prior to submitting a pre-proposal and full proposal.


  • Projects redesigning whole courses rather than individual sections
  • Introductory and general education courses
  • Courses with high Drop/Fail/Withdraw (DFW) rates
  • Projects with buy-in and supported by departmental faculty, chair, and dean
  • Plan for sustainability
  • Description of strategies to leverage technology


Pre-proposals that outline initial ideas for the course redesign are due January 30, 2019. Recipients of pre-proposal funding are expected to submit a full proposal that details the redesign activities for a specific large enrollment course, with a target of implementing the redesigned course in the 2019-2020 academic year. Full proposals are due May 1, 2019.

Download program description and proposal guidelines as a printable PDF.