Proposal Title

Developing an Undergraduate Research QEP: SoTL in support of SoTL

Track

Research Proposal / Academic/Professional Development

Proposal Abstract

The Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for 2017-2022, “Cultivating a Culture and Curriculum for Undergraduate Research”, was developed in a process of inquiry that allowed for considerable input from all JCSU constituencies. One key tool was a survey based on the Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR). This QEP is grounded in JCSU’s heritage of innovative application of cutting-edge instructional approaches and is influenced by our SoTL activities. The QEP values all forms of scholarship by undergraduates, including SoTL. Programs are currently aligning instruction and assessment activities with the Research Skill Development Framework (RSDF).

Proposal Description

The JCSU QEP for 2017-2022, “Cultivating a Culture and Curriculum for Undergraduate Research”, was developed in a process of inquiry that allowed for considerable input from all JCSU constituencies. This QEP is grounded in JCSU’s heritage of innovative application of cutting-edge instructional approaches. In many ways this QEP traces its heritage to the 1990 implementation of a Senior Investigative Paper (SIP) requirement. A major challenge is accommodating and assessing the variety of forms Undergraduate Research can take across campus. The presenters are drawn from a variety of disciplines and will provide perspectives from the spectrum.

Two resources guide the design of this QEP: the Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) published by the Council on Undergraduate Research, and the Research Skill Development Framework (RSDF), developed at the University of Adelaide in Australia. The COEUR has been used an assessment tool for the current state of the JCSU culture for undergraduate research and as a planning tool for activities and budget of this QEP. The RSDF is the basis for program-level curricular planning and assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at JCSU.

The curriculum at JCSU will be modified to focus on the development of basic research skills in foundation courses. Continued development of these skills will be effected by scaffolded research experiences in the major courses, leading to improved SIPs. Faculty development will include workshops on developing research skills, classroom-based research project development, and proposal development. The culture for research will be enhanced by a process audit of barriers to undergraduate research effectiveness, additional support for mentored undergraduate research, and staff training. A positive benefit of these activities will be an increased number of externally funded research activities on campus, which will lead to a perpetuation of the achievement of the goals of this QEP beyond its five-year timeframe.

Session Format

Presentation Session

Location

Room 4

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 31st, 12:00 PM Mar 31st, 12:45 PM

Developing an Undergraduate Research QEP: SoTL in support of SoTL

Room 4

The Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for 2017-2022, “Cultivating a Culture and Curriculum for Undergraduate Research”, was developed in a process of inquiry that allowed for considerable input from all JCSU constituencies. One key tool was a survey based on the Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR). This QEP is grounded in JCSU’s heritage of innovative application of cutting-edge instructional approaches and is influenced by our SoTL activities. The QEP values all forms of scholarship by undergraduates, including SoTL. Programs are currently aligning instruction and assessment activities with the Research Skill Development Framework (RSDF).