2020 Special FLC Grant: Communities of Inquiry, Practice and Excellence (CIPE)

Sample CIPE Project Reports Click here

Call for proposals (Closed)

Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2020; Additional applications received by May 1, 2020 may be reviewed as funding allows. Community of Inquiry, Practice and Excellence (CIPE).  Successful grant notification date: April 30, 2020.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed the way we teach and serve students. Your district Faculty Development would like to support your collaborative effort in exploring better ways to teach, engage and assess student learning.  New projects created during the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered.

A CIPE is a small group of Seattle Colleges faculty working in collaboration to investigate questions aligned with the district core strategic priorities and Guided Pathways principles. Members conduct an inquiry project during the spring quarter and report findings at the end of that academic calendar year. CIPEs explore and develop diverse interests within and across disciplines, divisions, and programs to promote student achievement and success.


2020 CIPE proposals should address one or more strategies and approaches that promote equity, student engagement and learning, enrollment, retention, and completion.


Each CIPE team may request up to $1,000 for your project with an additional $200 for the poster work. This funding is limited to allowable expenses within Seattle Colleges policy, such as stipend for time spent on creating the products, purchasing books or journals, and or similar purposes. Funds may not be used for food or refreshments. The funds will be awarded upon successful completion of the project.

CIPE teams agree to

  • Work collaboratively as a team during the academic year.
  • As needed, meet with your campus Office of Institutional Effectiveness about data to support the inquiry.
  • Summarize findings and submit a 1-2-page report to Faculty Development by June 14, 2020.  Submit the final report and make the project link available for other faculty to access or to be posted on the FD website by Sept. 20, 2020.
  • Prepare a poster that describes the project, its outcomes and findings, and ideas or practices that could be adopted by others and bring the poster to the District Day, Sept. 22, 2020 for display. Additional $200 will be provided for the poster work.

CIPE proposal review criteria

  • Includes a team of 3–5 faculty
  • Clarity and detail of project description
  • Articulation of how the proposal relates to student learning, assessment, retention, or enrollment and completion
  • Articulation of how the project engages team members within or across different divisions/disciplines
  • Priority will be given to proposals that focus on assessment and innovative instructional design.

How to Submit a Proposal – by Monday, April 27, 2020
Click here to submit a proposal online

Form a team (3–5 members only), submit a proposal that follows the template provided at the FD website. Accepted CIPEs teams may request to modify their projects as needed.

  • Direct questions to the FLC/CIPE Team: Yilin Sun (yiin.sun@seattlecolleges.edu), Kalyn Owens (Kalyn.owens@seattlecolleges.edu), and Hugo Alamillo (hugo.alamillo@seattlecolleges.edu)
  • Submit proposals to Faculty Development by Monday, April 27, 2020.  Successful grant notification date: April 30, 2020.