Overview

Responsibility:  Office of Academics

Key Stakeholder(s): Faculty, Students, Staff

Goal and Rationale

Goal: To measure the extent of development of a funded, nationally-recognized, application-oriented undergraduate research program.

Rationale: Participation in undergraduate research has been shown to have significant impact on student success through a number of mechanisms including, but not limited to, student engagement, increased knowledge, encouraged exploration, and critical thinking. Therefore any level of undergraduate research will be deemed valuable and count of unique students participating will be determined. Engagement of faculty is necessary for diverse participation and curriculum integration.

Definition and Collection Plan

Formal Definition: Participation in undergraduate research will include any faculty and student who participates in one or more research activities outside the classroom, within an undergraduate research or independent study course, or curriculum integration.

Frequency:  Quarterly

Comparison Group(s): 5-year Historical Trend

Analysis

Variables: Unique Student Participants / Unique Faculty Participants / Participation Distribution (Year, Program, Type)

Audiences:  Faculty, Staff, Students / General Public