An Innovative Approach to Student Learning

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EvaluateUR is a strategy for obtaining an objective assessment of the value of undergraduate research (UR) by documenting student growth in critical academic and workforce-related knowledge and skills without placing a significant evaluation burden on students and research mentors.

Benefits for Administrators, Faculty, and Students

Students

  • Helps students learn and practice the discipline of realistic self-assessment
  • Introduced to a comprehensive list of competencies and skills
  • Gain experience communicating in their discipline
  • Gain confidence and greater self-awareness as they track their academic growth
  • Strengthen their applications to graduate programs or their resumes

Mentor

  • Are able to make more consistent and reliable assessments of their research students' academic strengths and weaknesses
  • Are helped to focus their mentoring efforts on specific areas where students may need extra guidance in order to become more independent researchers
  • Compliments and enhances the research mentoring process
  • Works for new and experienced mentors
  • Documented experience for mentors of record (mentors can be post docs, graduate students, anybody that is primarily mentoring the student)

UR/REU Directors (Dashboard Administrator)

  • Acquire reliable data to support campus assessments of UR (and, often, related funding requests)
  • Obtain information that can support efforts to recruit and retain students
  • Supports all academic disciplines

Implementation

  • Initial reflection where student has the opportunity to share their thoughts about research with their mentor
  • Three assessments given before, mid-point, and at the end of the research
  • Conversations after each assessment
  • Reports that provide the students and mentors scores on the individual assessment components
  • Automated messages and a dashboard provides easy tracking of completion of EvaluateUR

Data Security

  • All responses collected by the institution are readily available in .csv format for easy reporting, use and local data management.
  • All students and mentors set up an account with username and password to ensure privacy. Site administrators have the ability to view student/mentor pairs as part of tracking the implementation of EvaluateUR.
  • Data is stored in the EvaluateUR system only during the active summer research data collection process.

Online Supporting Materials for EvaluateUR Adopters

To Get Started or For More Information

For more information about EvaluateUR and how to include your undergraduate research program, please visit our Contact Us page.