The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative
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 26 institutional partners including introductory workshops/conferences that are building regional and national collaborations, start-up supplies and a wide variety of faculty development opportunities.
Integration and Evaluation
Institutional partners implement the CCURI model using research as pedagogy and over course of four years embed the cases/research into course curricula. CCURI will monitor and evaluate the entire process including workshop effectiveness, institutional preparedness and student learning gains.
The latest available statistics (2007) from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) reported that an estimated 11.6 million students were enrolled at a community college (7.3 full-time). These numbers account for about half of the U.S. postsecondary student population. These large enrollment numbers highlight the increasing impact that community colleges are having on the education of postsecondary students in the United States.
The council on Undergraduate Research has published a monograph on UR programs at community colleges. You can click below to read the full text.
08/04/2014 - 8:00am
The annual CCURI Field Methods Workshop will be held August 4-7, 2014 in Canandaigua, NY. Registration is open until July 1st or until the workshop is full whichever occurs first. CCURI Field Methods Registration
09/28/2014 - 5:00pm
Hosted by CCURI and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) this event will bring students from the CCURI network to Washington D.C. to showcase their work. The...
11/20/2014 - 6:00pm
CCURI will be hosting a poster session and BioLink conference in November in Charolotte, NC. The poster session will be held at Gaston College and CCURI partners may bring up to 5 students and 2 faculty. Registration will open this summer.