Documenting the Aspiration Gap in Institutional Language About Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work

Vicki L. Baker, Jane Greer, Laura G Lunsford, Meghan J. Pifer, Dijana Ihas

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Abstract

We conducted a content-analysis of the websites of 100 institutional members of the Council of Undergraduate Research in order to examine the relationship between messages communicated on websites as compared to messages expressed within institutional procedures and policies. Findings show that public research institutions were more likely than baccalaureate institutions to have an Office of Undergraduate Research. Further incentives and supports provided by such offices are predominantly directed to students. Lastly, our analysis of promotion and tenure policies reveals that only 14 institutions out of the 100 in our sample explicitly mentioned mentoring undergraduate researchers in the evaluation criteria for faculty members. We offer implications for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-143
Number of pages17
JournalInnovative Higher Education
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Content analysis
  • Faculty experiences
  • Institutional websites
  • Undergraduate research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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