Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives

Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives

About the Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives Program

The Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives Program forms part of UNCW’s portfolio of programs, projects, and operations designed to optimize applied learning objectives as outlined in the Chancellor’s Strategic Plan and advanced by campus stakeholders.  Due to the significant successes over the last five years of short-term, individual/small team applied learning projects (e.g., Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiatives, the Summer and Spring Undergraduate Research & Creativity Awards (SURCA)), UNCW has acquired the expertise to optimize applied learning by focusing on the following three areas:

  1. Improving equity in and access to high-impact applied learning (AL) for all UNCW student populations;
  2. Scaling the number and increasing the scope of AL; and
  3. Enhancing the quality and demonstrating the positive impact of AL on student learning outcomes.

The Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives Program will support team-based projects that require increased resources and longer time horizons to implement. Awardees may receive up to $10,000 per fiscal year for up to three consecutive years.  Successful projects (time-limited) will transition into ongoing, operational programs.  Because building toward post-award sustainability is crucial, successful applications will demonstrate alignment between university- and unit-level goals, as well as a commitment by the functional-area leader, (e.g., Dean).

Additional Funding for Community Engagement in Strategic Initiatives
In partnership with the Office of Community Engagement, additional resources are available for Strategic Initiative projects which partner with and involve community organizations, groups, or other partners. These additional funds are available for each of the three years of Strategic Initiative implementation to support the joint efforts of UNCW and Community project members, with particular focus on involving student scholars and undertaking work that positively impacts our Community Partners.  

Applications for Applied Learning Strategic Initaitives

We are now accepting applications for Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives! You can find more information about the application process on InfoReady.

In keeping with the University's ongoing and developing response to COVID-19 and related circumstances, we're extending all application deadlines this semester to Tuesday, March 31st.

If you'd like any additional information about Strategic Initiatives or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Strategic Initiatives Workshop Presentation

You can now view our Strategic Initiatives workshop presentation at any time by viewing the video below. This presentation, combined with the resources on InfoReady, will show you everything you need to know in order to apply for Strategic Initiative Funding!

Applied Learning Strategic Initiative Awardees

Three more Strategic Initiatives were awarded in the Spring of 2019 and alongside the two previously awarded initiatives from last year, there will be five Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives underway in the upcoming academic year! The three new projects will begin their planning, development, and implementation stages while the two projects entering their second year will work in earnest on project implementation, assessment, and furhter development.

For more information about all of the Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives that will be taking place this year, check out our 19-20 AY Strategic Initiatives Announcement below: