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 courses and programs. 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 second year of the program underscores the critically important role faculty play in providing high-quality instruction, preparing students for the rest of their educational journey, and ensuring that students are career-ready. CREATE awards are designed to highlight the importance of accelerating our collective momentum toward closing equity gaps and ensuring a high-quality, engaging learning environment for all students. The program aims to energize faculty commitment to meeting student success milestones by increasing a shared sense of responsibility for helping students achieve their academic goals.

The program invites individual faculty and faculty teams to propose plans that will transform the student experience. 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 innovation across the CSU 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 Aw​ard. Recipients must demonstrate innovative teaching practices, course design, course redesign, or the development of exemplary supplemental support programs to promote student success. Additional eligibility information can be found in the Request for Proposals, the Frequently Asked Questions document, and the Proposal Guide (links below).

This is a competitive grant process and not all proposals will be funded. Proposals should be submitted to fit into one of three funding tiers: up to $50,000; $50,001 to $100,000, and $100,001 to $150,000. The number of grants issued will be dependent upon the number of applications received and accepted, and their budgets. This program is made possible through the generous support of the College Futures Foundation.

CREATE Awardees

The CREATE awardees will engage in innovative student success projects that will enhance student learning, engagement and success in and out of the classroom.​​

Thank you for your interest in the CREATE Awards Program. We are not accepting proposals at this time

See Past Awardees​

Q&A Webinar

For more information and answers to common questions, please see the 2023-24 CREATE Award Q&A webinar recording  

Watch the Webinar Recording​

About the Award

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

Learn about CREATE

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ document provides answers to additional questions about the proposal process.

Read the FAQs

Proposal Details

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

See the Proposal Guide

Proposal Submission Portal

Submit your proposal in the online submission portal by April 19, 2023.

Submit Your Proposal


Selection Committee

Proposals were evaluated on multiple factors including innovation, scalability, and the impact the program will have on student success. The selection committee was comprised of faculty representatives from multiple campuses across the system.


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