Course Re-design Mini-Grant Application

The College of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) invites all instructional faculty at Cal State LA to submit proposals for course redesign/modification to incorporate and utilize data from LA City Open Data.  We are asking for applications to redesign/modify existing 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level courses to use data from the City’s open data portal and/or GeoHub. Course outcomes contribute to the mission of this project, which is to promote civic action and community engagement through awareness of, access to, and utilization of LA City Open Data, by creating sustainable partnerships between Cal State LA, City of LA, non-profit organizations, and the communities we serve. 

Mini grants will provide for course redesign/modification, which includes working with the LA Mayor’s Data Team and Community Partners, administrating civic engagement activities, and working with the grant team to collect data, provide assessments and identify transformational stories (i.e., student success stories). For civic engagement activities (i.e., data collection, analysis and visualization, and presentations to the nonprofits), students will be matched with nonprofit organizations by Community Partners.

The final syllabus for courses selected must be submitted to the committee for review and approval before the start of the spring semester.

Please send applications to, with the subject line Big Data. Send applications in PDF format by Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 4:00PM.  Selected faculty will be notified by Oct 18th.  

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