ERIC Number: ED360157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of the National Science Foundation's 1985-87 College Science Instrumentation Program. Final Report.
Burgdorf, Kenneth; Celebuski, Carin A.
The College Science Instrumentation Program (CSIP) was developed to provide seed money matching funds for the acquisition of laboratory instrumentation in order to improve the quality of undergraduate science/engineering education. This report describes the impact of the program and the program characteristics during the years 1985-87. An introduction provides background information about the number of grants awarded by the CSIP program, how the program evaluation was conducted, and the instrumentation used in the evaluation. Among grantees, 434 projects were sampled and 391 responded. Among unsuccessful applicants, 375 were sampled and 311 responded. Findings showed a 450 percent return on the CSIP investment and an increase of 130,000 square feet of laboratory space at grantee institutions. Three-fifths of the unsuccessful applicants reported that they obtained funding for equipment they had hoped to receive through CSIP funds. Further findings related to CSIP impact on students, faculty, departments, and institutions. The second part of the report describes CSIP program characteristics. The program attracted a total of 3,226 proposals from 811 undergraduate colleges and universities. Overall, 86 percent of the 1985-1987 grantees reported near or full implementation of the program. Program administration was considered fair by questionnaire respondents. Appendices include a list of CSIP site visit consultants and copies of the questionnaires sent to grantees and unsuccessful applicants. (Contains 41 tables/figures). (MDH)
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Engineering Education, Equipment Utilization, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Higher Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Science Education, Science Equipment, Technical Assistance
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC 20550.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Science and Engineering Education.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.