Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Accelerator Fellows are faculty (re)designing community-based experiential undergraduate courses. Co-enrolled (4XX/5xx) courses are also eligible.
A note on General Education: the Accelerator Review Committee does not decide if the course proposal meets the General Education criteria. If the proposal is for a Gen Ed course it must already be accepted into the UA General Education Program, and you should follow any required processes for changes to Gen Ed courses accordingly. For more information please visit: https://academicaffairs.arizona.edu/gen-ed-proposal-guidelines
The Accelerator Review Committee is not looking for a specific type of course. However, we do encourage proposals that:
- Clearly and convincingly identify the potential of the disciplinary content of the course to catalyze innovative and responsive solutions to a particular authentic challenge facing civil society in today’s world and tomorrow’s future;
- Demonstrate intention and capacity to make sustained, authentic partnerships with community organizations or businesses central to the new or redesigned course experience;
- Articulate how the new or redesigned course(s) fit into department curricular strategy and the department’s commitment to providing experiential learning to its majors and others;
- Support redesign of open enrollment courses in any department, courses that are part of interdisciplinary collaborations among departments, courses required in majors that do not currently have a significant required practical experience, and/or courses with large enrollments.
- Project owner evidence of successful implementation of innovative assessments of student learning, documentation of curriculum innovations leading to improved learning; evidence of faculty teaching excellence.
In response to faculty feedback, we have shortened the application process to focus on a brief (three minutes or less!) video pitch. The purpose is to share your initial course design ideas and how the Accelerator can help you. This should feel low stakes and fun! You can use your smart phone or Zoom to record yourself and you may use slides to illustrate your points, though visuals are not required. If you need more help crafting your video, please reach out to our team.
For courses that will be co-taught, both faculty members must be included in the application along with letters of support from the respective academic departments. If accepted, both faculty would receive summer stipends to participate in the Accelerator Fellowship.
We do consider internships and co-ops to be experiential learning. Co-ops in particular might be difficult to tie to the Accelerator since students typically take time off from studies to work full-time in industry and there is typically no course associated with a co-op to propose for redesign. If you would like to re-design the academic course content for your internship or to design a curriculum that your majors would engage in pre or post co-op to better support a successful experience, we would encourage you to apply.