Presentation on theme: "Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) COEUR Co-authorsRoger Rowlett, Gordon & Dorothy Kline Professor of Chemistry, Colgate CollegeLinda Blockus, Director of Undergraduate Research, University of MissouriSusan Larson, Professor of Psychology, Director of Undergraduate Research, Concordia CollegeDownload:
2 Outline of session A bit about CUR and undergraduate research Purpose and motivation for COEUROverview of COEURExecutive summary of the major topics addressed in COEURUses for COEUROpportunity for discussion and conversation
3 Council on Undergraduate Research (www.cur.org) Founded in 1978, is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing more than 900 colleges and universities.Mission of CUR: To support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
4 CUR activitiesBiennial conference & specialized institutes for faculty and administrators, including Undergraduate Research Program DirectorsCUR Dialogues (brings faculty/admin. to DC to interact with funders)Publications and quarterly journalAdvocacy with funding agencies & governmentConsulting and Program ReviewNow responsible for student-centered annual NCUR meeting
5 Defining Undergraduate Research CUR Definition: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
6 Benefits of undergraduate research Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with facultyIncreases retentionIncreases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparationDevelops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independenceDevelops an understanding of research methodologyPromotes an innovation-oriented culture
7 AAC&U 2013: THE QUALITY OF U. S AAC&U 2013: THE QUALITY OF U.S. DEGREES: Innovations, Efficiencies, and Disruptions—To What Ends?Explore a wide range of approaches to quality learningAddress important efforts to increase completion rates and access to higher education, alongside comprehensive efforts to ensure the integrity of college degreesMake sure that all degrees offer students pathways along which they will creatively engage complex, real-world challenges Ensure that these experiences produce assessable evidence of authentic student work and achievement
8 What is COEUR?COEUR is a summary of best practices that support and sustain highly effective undergraduate research environmentsThe purpose of COEUR is to provide a guide for those who wish to build, evaluate, and maintain robust, productive, meaningful and sustainable undergraduate research programsCOEUR is for institutions, programs, academic departments, faculty and administrators as they work to develop and enhance their undergraduate research programs
9 Campus mission and culture A campus culture that values and rewards undergraduate research (UR) is essential.Institutional commitment to URScholarly faculty and faculty commitment to URBroad disciplinary participation by studentsAccessible opportunitiesIntegration with other engaging & high impact opportunities
10 Administrative support Administrative support and commitment are critical for excellent UR programs.Intramural budgetary support and, if appropriate, startup fundingFaculty load credit for supervising undergraduate research and for research-related tasksStudent support, including for travelResearch grants office
11 Administrative support: Office of Undergraduate Research Most successful UR programs have a central office, which oversees campus-wide UR activitiesDirector of Undergraduate ResearchFull- or part-timeSufficient, well-located spaceInfrastructure support, such as support staff, an office and publicity budget
12 Research infrastructure To sustain productive research and scholarship with undergraduates, research infrastructure is needed.Space, instrumentation and equipmentLibrary and computational resourcesResearch oversight structuresSupport, administrative and technical staff
13 Professional development opportunities Professional development should be available for all those involved in UR.Research leavesMentor training for faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellowsOther professional development opportunities, for all involved in UR
14 RecognitionAn institution that values UR as an activity integral to its mission will provide clear, tangible forms of recognition for faculty and students.Acknowledgement of undergraduate research in promotion and tenure guidelines, salary review and campus awardsProminent publicity for research accomplishments
15 External fundingExternal funding is essential for the development of a rich, productive, and contemporaneous faculty-student research environment.Faculty should seek and be supported for seeking external research fundingInstitutional research funding should also be available
16 Dissemination of Research Faculty and students should strive for peer-reviewed dissemination in the form of publications, exhibition or performances.Other desirable forms of dissemination includePresentation at professional meetingsStudent research conferencesOn-campus symposia
17 Student-centered issues UR experiences should incorporate best practices in undergraduate education and UR programs should strive to integrate student research with other engaging experiences, such asCapstone and Writing experiencesStudy Abroad, Global LearningService Learning, CitizenshipLeadership, Student DevelopmentOrientation and First Year ExperiencesPeer Communities and Peer Learning
18 Student-centered issues Other student-centered issuesCreating a community scholars, possibly with peer mentoring/teamworkProgramming to promote professional developmentProviding opportunities for early and sustained involvement in UREstablishing and communicating expectationsProviding developmentally appropriate expectationsFaculty mentor availability
19 Curriculum Research-supportive curriculum Departments and programs should design curricula that expose students to skills necessary to undertake UR and curricula should be designed in ways to facilitate faculty and student involvement in UR.Research-supportive curriculumIntegration of teaching and researchAttention to faculty load managementTraining opportunities and workshopsE.g., Responsible Conduct of ResearchStudent course credit for research
20 Summer research program A robust summer research program is essential to a vibrant UR environment, and includesFaculty and student compensationStudent access to facilities and student services, including housingProgramming, including research symposiaCoordination between multiple programs and attention to issues for hosting students
21 Assessment activities Institutions and programs should have multiple approaches to assessment to recognize successes, illuminate gaps, and collect benchmarking data.Assessment of student learning outcomesProgram assessment and evaluationCollection of participation/outcome data
22 Assessment activities Program assessment and evaluation should includeFeedback from faculty and students on their satisfaction with activitiesSustainable method to collect data on participants (e.g., demographic information) and faculty mentors (e.g., outcomes)Mechanism to track external funding and post-graduate career plans of students
23 Strategic planningInstitutions that aspire to creating and sustaining an excellent undergraduate research environment will have thoughtful and clearly articulated benchmarks and strategic plans.
24 Excellence in URThese 12 characteristics (and their many sub-characteristics ) work together to create excellent UR programs"...a successful undergraduate research program must be embedded in the culture of an institution and thereby supported through multiple organizational structures, policies, and programs. By using COEUR to guide efforts aimed at achieving this goal, an institution is much more likely to achieve this desired result.“Andrea Chapdelaine, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Albright College
25 Faculty support Adequate startup funding Professional development leave opportunities and travel supportResearch grants officeRecognition of undergraduate research in promotion & tenure guidelinesCreating time for faculty
26 Creating time for faculty Faculty load credit for supervising undergraduate researchResearch-supportive curriculum & schedulingIntegration of teaching & researchTechnical support staffReassigned time for research related-tasksUndergraduate Research Office/Coordinator
27 Undergraduate research office Full or part-time coordinatorInterfaces with other campus constituentsPromotes UR to internal and external audiencesOversees assessment activitiesDistributes research funding to studentsCoordinates campus-wide research symposiumCan seek grants, implement strategic planning around UR
28 Summer research program Research-supportive teaching calendarStudent and/or faculty compensationAffordable student housing/servicesStudent programmingStudent peer communitySummer research symposiaFaculty mentoring as professional development
29 DiscussionWill use this a time to learn how others are moving towards excellence in URThe successes you have had at your institution in achieving these characteristicsThe challenges you have hadWhat are some things characteristics of excellence COEUR that particularly resonate with you/your campus?
30 Uses of COEUR Purpose of COEUR To provide a guide for those who wish to build, evaluate, and maintain robust, productive, meaningful and sustainable undergraduate research environmentsServe as a guide to sustain best practices in undergraduate researchMany examples of uses of COEUR in the CUR publication
31 Uses of COEUR Function as a guide for strategic planning Provide programmatic and institutional benchmarking against national standardsCUR in process of developing a system for institutional reviews making use of COEUR
32 Uses of COEUR Outline a structure for UR self-study Utilized in assessment and evaluation of URProvide guidance for resource allocation decisionsEncourage the development of new initiatives related to URProvide a framework for campus discussion and setting priorities
33 Examples of how COEUR is being used General discussion about the document to improve the undergraduate research experienceUsed for integrating undergraduate research in the curriculumUsed to address faculty professional development needsUsed to develop a mission statement or strategic plan around undergraduate researchUsed for improving faculty research productivity/supportUsed in conversations within departments about workload, evaluation and rewards
34 Discussion and Questions How can you use the COEUR document/ framework to improve UR on your campus?How can it be used at different levels in your institution (e.g., by deans or other administrators, faculty, communications, marketing, advancement)?
35 COEUR on-lineDownload or purchase a hardcopy, find executive summary here, too:
36 CUR at AAC&UCUR Session - Developing a Shared Vision to Expand, Sustain, and Connect Undergraduate Research Culture and Practice. 4:15pm, Grand Hall East CCUR Reception – Friday (5:30-7:00 pm) in the Hanover C Room
37 Upcoming Webinar Faculty Support and Undergraduate Research: Innovation in Faculty Role Definition, Workload, and RewardPlease join Nancy Hensel and Elizabeth Paul as they discuss the issues covered in their new publicationWhen: Wednesday, February 6th 2-3pm etRegister here:Pricing:Enhanced – Complimentary (free to first 50, $20 after)Institutional Members -- $30Individual Members -- $50Non-Members -- $75