The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative
The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) uses an inquiry-based teaching model where students are exposed to real world science through a case study in an introductory course followed by a hands-on research experience resulting from questions about or related to the case. CCURI is providing resources for our 26 institutional partners including introductory workshops/conferences that are building regional and national collaborations, start-up supplies and a wide variety of faculty development opportunities.
Integration and Evaluation
Institutional partners implement the CCURI model using research as pedagogy and over course of four years embed the cases/research into course curricula. CCURI will monitor and evaluate the entire process including workshop effectiveness, institutional preparedness and student learning gains.
The latest available statistics (2007) from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) reported that an estimated 11.6 million students were enrolled at a community college (7.3 full-time). These numbers account for about half of the U.S. postsecondary student population. These large enrollment numbers highlight the increasing impact that community colleges are having on the education of postsecondary students in the United States.
The council on Undergraduate Research has published a monograph on UR programs at community colleges. You can click below to read the full text.
01/25/2014 - 8:00am
CCURI is partnering with University of Califorina San Diago for a workshop that will cover the basics of barcoding in the classroom. Registeration is closed. The workshop website can be found at http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qmlx
02/21/2014 - 6:00pm
CCURI will host a student poster session at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ. This event is now full and registration is closed. The event website can be found at - http://www.cvent.com/d/w4q82w
03/14/2014 - 6:00pm
This workshop is intended for faculty from CCURI partner schools who wish to write case studies for their research projects. As a train-the -trainer workshop, CCURI can support the travel costs of 1-2 participants from your institution.
05/20/2014 - 8:00am
The annual CCURI Lab Methods Workshop will be held May 20-23, 2014 at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK. Registration and agenda will be aviliable in winter 2014.