Creating Responsive, Equitable, Active Teaching and Engagement Awards Program

The California State University (CSU) endeavors to be a national leader for providing engaging, active learning environments for students. The dynamic faculty of the CSU aim to create enriching, student-centered learning experiences that develop a sense of belonging and support student participation in diverse online and face-to-face courses. At each of the 23 CSU campuses, exceptional faculty are advancing student success and closing equity gaps by reimagining what they can do in their classrooms.

The Office of the Chancellor has issued a call for proposals for the Creating Responsive, Equitable, Active Teaching and Engagement (CREATE) Awards Program. The CREATE Awards Program recognizes the vitally important role faculty play in providing high-quality instruction and underscores the importance of accelerating momentum toward Graduation Initiative 2025 goals. The award will provide a large grant to a faculty member or team of faculty transforming the student experience. The winning proposal(s) will identify a common problem, articulate the ability to advance a solution locally and at scale, have a strong emphasis on equity, and demonstrate the ability to institutionalize the innovation across the system. The award recipient(s) will be those who can creatively increase the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded, shorten time to degree, and dramatically reduce equity gaps.

Tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, and lecturers from all disciplines are eligible for the CREATE award. Award amounts will be up to $300,000. Up to five grants will be awarded in the 2022-23 award year; the number of grants issued will be dependent upon the number of applications received, accepted, and their budgets.

CREATE Information Webinar

CREATE Information Webinar reviews the award’s RFP, proposal guide, online submission form, and answers audience Q&A.

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About the Award

See information about the award, eligibility, selection criteria, and how to apply.

Learn about CREATE

Proposal Details

The proposal narrative should address local and systemwide student success efforts.

See the Proposal Guide

CREATE Awardees

The CREATE awardees have proposed innovative student success projects that will transform the student experience in and out of the classroom.

Meet the Awardees

Selection Committee

Proposals were evaluated on multiple factors including innovation, scalability, and the impact the program will have on student success.

Meet the Committee


For any additional questions, please contact Dr. Chenoa S. Woods, director, Research​ and Student Success Initiatives.