NACA® Research Grants - Guidelines

Selection Criteria

  • Proposals will only be considered from an individual researcher or research team provided the researcher or members of the research team are not current members of the NACA® Board of Directors, the NACA® Research and Scholarship Group, or the NACA® Office staff.
  • Research proposals must focus on issue(s) related to campus activities and student involvement that are relevant to a wide audience and have implications for student success initiatives, as reflected in the NACA Research Agenda. See list below for preferred topics.
  • Proposals must clearly articulate a strong research design that is appropriate for the research question(s).  Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies will be considered.
  • Proposed research must be original work of the research team and must not have been reported elsewhere.
  • Proposals must comply with the NACA® Statement of Professional Ethics and the NACA® Non-Discrimination, Diversity Advancement and Affirmative Action Principles. 
  • Proposals must include an abstract of the proposed research.  The members of the research team must be willing to have this information posted on the NACA® website and/or in NACA® publications.
  • Proposals must include a timeline for completion, noting that research must be completed by December 1, 2020.

Preferred Research Topics

Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing one of the following topics:

  • The influence of student involvement on academic achievement and/or student persistence to graduation.
  • Ties between the development of employability skills and campus involvement.
  • Student learning gains from types of student involvement activities, including student organization membership, positional leadership and event planning opportunities.
  • High-impact practices in campus activities.
  • Preparation experiences for employment in campus activities, including graduate preparation and/or career development activities.
  • The role of student organization advisors in facilitating student learning and/or student success.

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