The Roadmap to Redesign (R2R):
Instructions for Final Application Preparation

1) Final applications are due August 1.

  • Your application must stand alone (i.e., assume that the reviewer has not read your preliminary application, the responses to the readiness criteria.)
  • Submit both an electronic version (Word and Excel formats only) and 4 paper copies to Pat Bartscherer, 17 Cramer Path, Gansevoort, NY 12831.
  • Please submit one Word file for all pieces of the application other than the one Excel file for the course planning tool and the course structure form.
  • Please name all files: (Word) INSTITUTIONNAME APPLICATION, (Excel) INSTITUTIONNAME CPT and CSF. Include your institution's name on each spreadsheet page.
  • Re: length of application - be thorough and complete but succinct.
  • You may submit your final application before the deadline if you wish.

2) You may submit pieces of your application for review by program staff and/or you may ask the staff for assistance in developing your application. We encourage you to do so!

Please contact the staff member by email; a phone conversation can be scheduled if needed.

Please feel free to contact any of the academic practice contacts or any of the Program in Course Redesign contacts for information or assistance.

3) Final Application Format


Following a title page, write a one-page, double-spaced abstract. The abstract should conform to the following format:

  • Paragraph 1 - summarize the current (traditional) course including numbers of students enrolled.
  • Paragraph 2 - summarize the academic problem that you are addressing.
  • Paragraph 3 - summarize the planned course redesign.
  • Paragraph 4 - summarize how the redesign will enhance quality.
  • Paragraph 5 - summarize how you will assess the impact of course redesign on learning.
  • Paragraph 6 - summarize how the redesign will produce cost savings.

(For sample abstracts, please see the Program in Course Redesign projects. )

Application Narrative

1. Select a redesign model and explain why you chose it and how you intend to embody the Five Principles of Successful Course Redesign within it.

2. Describe the learning materials developed by the core academic practices that you intend to use. Describe any additional materials that you will use to fill in gaps.

3. Select and describe a cost reduction strategy. Explain why you chose it and what you will do with the savings.

4. Include a brief timeline for your redesign project. You must plan to conduct a pilot during the spring 2005 term and a full implementation during the fall 2005 term.

Tools and Forms

5. Complete the Assessment forms (2) for the pilot and full implementation of your redesign project.

6. Complete the Course Planning Tool (CPT) and the Course Structure Form (CSF). Provide a brief narrative that explains the entries in the planning tool where necessary.

A draft of the completed course planning tool, accompanied by the Course Planning Tool narrative and the Course Structure Form, must be submitted to Carolyn Jarmon by 7/19/04. She will identify and discuss with you any problems that need to be corrected for your final submission.

Some additional tips and information about the Course Planning tool:

  • You must fill in all 3 spreadsheets.
  • You must translate your data to cost per student.
  • Please explain the spreadsheets in the course planning tool narrative. This is the place to elaborate any aspect of the planning tool that is not self-evident, to explain variations among personnel (e.g., 2 TAs teach 1 section, 1 TA teaches 2 sections), etc.
  • Please do not add spreadsheets to the tool. Include additional data or comments in narrative.
  • Please be clear about whether you are showing a section or the whole course or whether you are showing one term or the whole year.
  • Be sure to include benefits costs in personnel costs.
  • In calculating the %s for faculty time on Spreadsheet 1, "Instructional Costs per Hour," remember that the third calculation asks, "What percentage of his/her instructional time is devoted to this particular course on an ANNUAL basis?"
  • In displaying personnel costs on Sheets 2 and 3, use an average by type rather than showing each individual person involved.
  • The number of hours (in-class plus out-of-class) on sheets 1 and 2 should match.

Remember to submit one Word file for all pieces of the application other than the one Excel file for the course planning tool and the course structure form.