THE SCHOLAR EDUCATOR COMMUNITY
Goal 4: Increase support for faculty, staff, and students to engage in research, creative, and scholarly activity.
Leaders: Denise Ehlen, ORSP; Catherine Chan, Director of Undergraduate Research
A committee met to operationalize "support for research, creative, and scholarly activity," which consisted of conducting a literature review to identify common definitions and seeking feedback from researchers (faculty and staff) and administrators.
The committee conducted an inventory of "support for research, creative, and scholarly activity " based on those definitions, and began to review literature, previous grant programs, and best practices to determine model support mechanisms.
Best practices can then be compared and contrasted to the existing UWW inventory.
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) developed the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) to provide freshmen and sophomore students, especially those considered students of opportunity, a paid research opportunity to work with faculty members pursuing their own research.
Plans for 2013-14:
The goal group intends to develop outcome measures, determining appropriate outcomes metrics based upon the definition, inventory, literature, and best practices associated with a goal to benchmarking department/unit, college/division, and/or institutional activity to similar department/unit, college/division, and/or institution.
They will then develop recommendations to increase capacity and include clear assessment strategies based upon their chosen tasks and measures.
In 2013-14, URP is expanding RAP from the College of Business & Economics and the College of Education & Professional Studies to all four colleges. They will restructure the program to accommodate 50 student; the "Research Methods and Ethics" course has been modified to be on-line to serve more students with varying needs and schedules, and to meet the needs of diverse student disciplines and interests.
Fall 2013, URP is combining STaRT, a program designed to promote undergraduate research in first and second year students by providing paid mentored research opportunities, with RAP to offer more and improved support services to all young UR students and create more undergraduate research opportunities.