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 38 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.