Learning Through Research

Consulting Services

CUR Consulting Services

The CUR Consulting Program has changed. For information on Departmental Reviews, please visit the Program Review Services Page

CUR Consulting Services

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) offers consulting and mentoring services to individuals, academic departments, divisions, and entire campuses. We provide these services by calling upon academic professionals who share our vision and goals, and who have thought deeply about undergraduate education. Our faculty and administrative consultants, program reviewers, meeting facilitators, and mentors are experienced in visiting academic institutions where they listen to you and provide the help you need.
Our consultants have a wide range of expertise. They can help you:
  • assess or evaluate your undergraduate research program on various types of campuses,
  • design a faculty-mentored research program,
  • help senior administrators understand how to support undergraduate research programs,
  • enhance your non-majors program,
  • engage diverse students with different needs,
  • devise a program to revitalize mid-career faculty,
  • prepare for an accreditation visit,
  • transform or rejuvenate a department,
  • train faculty research mentors,
  • enhance your grant competitiveness,
  • establish a campus-wide undergraduate research office,
  • institutionalize undergraduate research,
  • set up or review your research compliance programs,
  • review the activities of your sponsored program and/or foundation offices,
  • organize and conduct an effective faculty retreat, or provide a speaker for a retreat,
  • design an assessment strategy or strategic plan,
  • set up community-campus research initiatives,
  • develop a university consortium, or
  • help you design a fundraising program.

On-Campus Institutes

A new type of consultant visit is one in which one or more of the facilitators from our popular CUR institute series visits your campus to:
  • conduct a one or two day on-campus institute for members of your faculty, administration, and staff, or
  • help faculty who have attended a CUR institute implement the plans they made at the CUR institute (e.g., attendees of a CUR Vital Faculty Institute may seek a facilitator for a faculty retreat).

The Process: We work with you.

Because the types of consultancies and the amount of time involved can vary tremendously, those interested in having an on-campus institute or workshop should contact the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org. We will work with you to develop a work plan. We will ask you for background information on your campus and what you expect to gain from the consultancy. This allows us to identify the best people to meet your needs. We will propose the names of several consultants and you can select the one best suited to your needs and schedule. The National Office will then monitor the process as you and the consultants set up a schedule and proceed with the visit.

Scope and Fee Structure

Fees will vary depending on the type and length of the consultancy or institute.
For information on costs associated with on-campus institutes or consulting visits please contact Pamela Dodge directly at pdodge@cur.org.


Institutions wanting to set up an on-campus institute should contact CUR six to nine months prior to the expected date of the visit as scheduling consultants often requires lead time.
Contact CUR Today to Discuss How CUR Can Help You Improve Your Program
Please contact the CUR National Office with questions about a consulting visit.
Telephone: (202) 783 4810
E-Mail: cur@cur.org