Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research: Fostering Excellence and Enhancing the Impact
Editors: Mary K. Boyd, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, University of San Diego and Jodi L. Wesemann, Assistant Director for Higher Education, American Chemical Society
Engaging undergraduate students in research, scholarship, and creative activity is a proven and powerful practice for enhancing educational outcomes and expanding frontiers of knowledge. This book is a rich collection featuring institutions that are maximizing the impact of this practice by including:
- underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities;
students with disabilities; females; students of lower socioeconomic status; first- and second-year students, and others not traditionally involved in the development of new knowledge.
Examples of high-quality, inclusive programs from community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, minority-serving institutions, comprehensive universities, and research universities will help faculty, staff, and administrators enhance:
- the lives of their students,
- the direction of their scholarship, and
- the impact of their disciplines and institutions.
Practical strategies for building sustainable programs
Design and Implement Plans
- Include components that influence student and program success
- Engage a broad range of participants, partners, and stakeholders
- Set goals and demonstrate impact
- Integrate programs into the fabric of the institution
- Make a case for expanding participation
- Change assumptions, behaviors, and structures
- Align changes with departmental and institutional goals
- Prepare for further change
- Make sustained commitments
- Foster leadership at all levels
- Help students, faculty members, departments, and institutions achieve their full potential
- Pursue excellence
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