Co-published with the Council on Undergraduate Research.This book aims to highlight the exciting work of two-year colleges to prepare students for their future careers through engagement in undergraduate research. It emerged from work in five community college systems thanks to two National Science Foundation grants the Council for Undergraduate Research received to support community colleges' efforts to establish undergraduate research programs. Chapters one, two, and three provide background information about community colleges, undergraduate research, and the systems the author worked with: California, City University of New York, Maricopa Community College District - Arizona, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Chapter four examines success strategies. The next five chapters look at five approaches to undergraduate research: basic/applied, course-based, community-based, interdisciplinary, and partnership research. Chapters ten, eleven and twelve discuss ways to assess and evaluate undergraduate research experiences, inclusive pedagogy, and ways to advance undergraduate research.Today there are 942 public community colleges in the United States, providing affordable access to 6.8 million students who enrolled for credit in one of the public two-year institutions in the United States. Students are more prepared for the next step in their education or careers after participating in quality UR experiences.
Highlights the exciting work of two-year colleges to prepare students for their future careers through engagement in undergraduate research. The book emerged from work in five community college systems and thanks to two National Science Foundation grants.
ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart One: Background1) Access Equity2) Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges3) Overview of Five Systems4) Ensuring Student OpportunitiesPart Two: Examples of Undergraduate Research5) Basic Research and Applied Research6) Course-Based Research and Educational Equity7) Community-Based Research8) Interdisciplinary Research9) Community College PartnershipsPart Three: Next Steps10) Inclusive Pedagogy11) Assessing Undergraduate Research12) Advancing Undergraduate ResearchReferencesAbout the AuthorIndex