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 44 institutional partners including introductory workshops/conferences that are building regional and national collaborations, start-up supplies and a wide variety of faculty development opportunities.
Throughout its history the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) has allowed its community college partners to define its mission and determine the services it offers.
This philosophy carried over to the strategic planning meeting that CCURI convened April 30 to May 2, 2019, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Conference Center. As CCURI Principal Investigator and Executive Director James Hewlett explained to the 18 meeting participants, the meeting sessions were designed to provoke participants’ thinking and capture their insights to inform CCURI’s effort to explain its work to potential funders and potential partner institutions.
Throughout the small group and large group discussions the meeting participants remarked on CCURI’s unparalleled knowledge of undergraduate research at community colleges and reached consensus on several points.
After mapping how CCURI could continue its operations at four funding levels, the participants wrote value propositions to help CCURI promote its work with potential funders and community college partners. Hewlett has selected this as CCURI’s value proposition:
Education Redefined, Reinvented, Reinvigorated
CCURI provides a new model for the classroom experience at community colleges through the incorporation of course-based undergraduate research as a teaching tool. CCURI educates faculty in new pedagogical methods, provides presentation opportunities to students, and provides a model for growth and success in developing a culture of innovation at community colleges.
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