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Enhancing and Expanding Undergraduate Research: A Systems Approach: New Directions for Higher Education, Number 169

Enhancing and Expanding Undergraduate Research: A Systems Approach: New Directions for Higher Education, Number 169

Mitchell Malachowski (Editor) , Jeffrey M. Osborn (Editor) , Kerry K. Karukstis (Editor) , Elizabeth L. Ambos (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-06136-6

Mar 2015, Jossey-Bass

120 pages

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Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice that sparks students’ interest in learning, and it improves retention, student success, graduation rates, and postgraduation achievement. Many individual campuses have offered these programs for several years, and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has partnered with state systems of higher education and public and private consortia to foster the institutionalization of undergraduate research.

This volume illustrates many of the successes that entire systems/consortia and their campuses have achieved, such as:

  • connecting undergraduate research to the curriculum, student success and completion, especially for underrepresented students
  • creating cross-campus discussions on curricula and pedagogy, research collaborations among departments and campuses, and enhanced interdisciplinary activities
  • addressing the challenges of workforce development and faculty issues—especially workload and tenure/promotion.

This the 169th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Higher Education. Addressed to presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other higher education decision makers on all kinds of campuses, it provides timely information and authoritative advice about major issues and administrative problems confronting every institution.

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Mitchell Malachowski, Jeffrey M. Osborn, Kerry K. Karukstis, Elizabeth L. Ambos

1. Realizing Student, Faculty, and Institutional Outcomes at Scale: Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Within Systems and Consortia 3
Mitchell Malachowski, Jeffrey M. Osborn, Kerry K. Karukstis, Elizabeth L. Ambos

An overview of the project that led to the collaborations between the Council on Undergraduate Research and state systems and consortia is described.

2. The System Effect: Scaling High-Impact Practices Across Campuses 15
Jonathan S. Gagliardi, Rebecca R. Martin, Kathleen Wise, Charles Blaich

State system and consortium offices have unique strengths in assisting member campuses to embed high levels of undergraduate research.

3. Undergraduate Research and Its Impact on Student Success for Underrepresented Students 27
Ken O’Donnell, Judy Botelho, Jessica Brown, Gerardo M. González, William Head

Undergraduate research has tremendous potential to help undergraduate students maximize their educational outcomes.

4. Undergraduate Research and Economic Development: A Systems Approach in Wisconsin 39
Dean Van Galen, Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Karen Havholm, Kris Andrews

Connections between undergraduate research and workforce and economic development are probed in this chapter.

5. Faculty Workload Issues Connected to Undergraduate Research 51
Rhona Free, Suzanne Griffith, Bill Spellman

Recognizing faculty time in working with students on research is a critical need when designing undergraduate research programs.

6. Making Undergraduate Research a Central Strategy in High-Impact Practice Reform: The PASSHE Journey 61
James D. Moran III, Marilyn J. Wells, Angela Smith-Aumen

Initiatives to build undergraduate research as a signature program, especially when coupled with other high-impact practices, can be a driver for enrollment management and student retention.

7. Fostering Resources for Undergraduate Research at the City University of New York 73
Effie S. MacLachlan, Avrom J. Caplan

Strong grant-writing and funding skills are critical to providing support for undergraduate research efforts across entire systems.

8. Developing Research Skills Across the Undergraduate Curriculum 85
Simon Gray, Lee Coates, Ann Fraser, Pam Pierce

The curriculum is an important target for embedding undergraduate research on a campus, and ways to developmentally scaffold research skills throughout the curriculum are considered.

9. Fostering Undergraduate Research Change at the System and Consortium Level: Perspectives From the Council on Undergraduate Research 95
Mitchell Malachowski, Jeffrey M. Osborn, Kerry K. Karukstis, Elizabeth L. Ambos, Shontay L. Kincaid, Daniel Weiler

Key findings from the project, connecting undergraduate research with priorities of state systems and consortia, and a theory of change model for systems/consortia are described in this chapter.