CUR’s Assessment Task Force is creating an Assessment Toolkit for CUR members to use. The following are available resources:
Open-Source Assessment Bibliography
Prior research assessing undergraduate research can be found in the following Zotero library: Assessment
Use the tags in Zotero, located on the left side of the screen to sort articles by topic. Tags starting with “*CUR_” such as *CUR Student Outcomes are tags created by CUR
Survey Instruments Used to Assess Undergraduate Research
Critical-Thinking Assessment Test (CAT)
: Assesses a broad range of skills that faculty across the country feel are important components of critical thinking and real-world problem solving. Questions are derived from real-world situations, most requiring short-answer essay responses. Designed to engage faculty in the assessment and improvement of students' critical thinking. See this study
for its use in assessing UR.
: A collection of resources for assessment of course-based research experiences.
Evaluate UR: Evaluating Undergraduate Research
: To be administered to both students and faculty mentors before, during, and after the research experience. Intended for arts and humanities as well as STEM. All surveys are available on the website.
Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
: Hosts multiple surveys for students and faculty. The 2016 CIRP College Senior Survey added new sets of questions asking students about their relationship with science, likelihood of pursuing a science-related career, and confidence in their science and research-related skills. See research using HERI surveys
The Project Ownership Survey
: Survey measuring differences in scientific inquiry experiences (Hanauer and Dolan). Contains survey with 18 scales from 30 items to help measure emotions of an experience. It is called the Project Ownership Survey (POS) and helps determine students’ feelings of ownership of a project.
Student Experience in the Research University (SERU)
: The mission of the SERU Project is to help improve the undergraduate experience and educational processes by generating new, longitudinal information on the undergraduate experience at research universities - via an innovative survey - to be used by administrators, policymakers, and scholars. Must be part of SERU consortium. Find research using SERU
Survey of Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE)
and Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)
: Developed by David Lopatto, Grinnell College. Surveys are administered online. SURE is meant for students in summer research programs. The CURE may be used as a pretest-posttest or posttest-only survey to measure student experiences in "research-like" or other science courses. A faculty liaison should contact Lopatto to set up data collection for students in his or her program. See Lopatto, D. (2010) Science in Solution
Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (URSSA)
: Developed by Hunter, Weston, Thiry, and Laursen at University of Colorado, Boulder. Described in the spring 2009 CUR Quarterly
on assessment. The questions are listed on the website, but the actual survey is administered through the Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) website. See studies using URSSA