CCURI Partners

CCURI Partners are currently constructing their own pages. Explore their programs. Check back soon (and often) to see what they have been working on!

Project Team

The faculty and staff that comprise the CCURI project team are committed to bringing the CCURI undergraduate research model to community colleges across the nation. Lead by James Hewlett, the Co-PI's and professional staff provide support and guidance to

Inquiry-Based Teaching Model

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

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. 

Reform

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.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 11/20/2014 - 6:00pm

    CCURI will be hosting a poster session and Bio-Link conference in November in Charolotte, NC. The poster session will be held at Gaston College and CCURI partners may bring up to 5 students and 2 faculty. Registration is open until October 24th. Please...

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video featuring James Hewlett at the CCURI Regional Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona

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