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Creating a research-rich curriculum at Miami University
William Rauckhorst
Miami University has attempted in recent years to build upon a collection of student research participation opportunities at the University, and develop a comprehensive "research-rich” undergraduate curriculum. A major step in this direction was the creation in 1995 of the Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS) program.
Key findings - Occidental College undergraduate research assessment
Chris Craney
In their assessment of undergraduate research, Occidental College has examined two questions: who participates and what are the outcomes.

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Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Evaluating, and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics offers a vision for systematic evaluation of teaching practices and academic programs, with recommendations to the various stakeholders in higher education about how to achieve change.


A Novel Strategy for Assessing the Effects of Curriculum Reform on Student Competence
Susan B. Millar, Paul H. Williams
Credible assessment is crucial to the success of any curricular reform efforts whose goals are to improve student learning and skill development. A new strategy designed to determine whether changes in student learning and skill development are measurable.
A Recent History of Curriculum and Assessment in Undergraduate Psychology Programs
Charles L. Brewer, Jane S. Halonen
This brief review documents how curricular and assessment issues have evolved over the last 20 years in undergraduate psychology
Anne McElwee Reeve
Many colleges and universities have initiated a program of institutional assessment. These efforts are driven either by internal interest or by external accrediting agencies and have the overall goal of determining if the institution is doing an effective job of educating students. In principle, this is an important and laudable goal.
Assessment of Student Learning in Introductory Science Courses
Richard R. Hake
Presented at the 2002 PKAL Roundtable of the Future, Richard R. Hake discusses the roundtable topic of Assessment in the Service of Student Learning.
Creating a Community Dedicated to the Assessment of Student Learning
Jeanne L. Narum
One responsibility of leaders in undergraduate STEM is to keep their community focused on the quality of learning of their students- what lasts. Exercising this responsibility calls for discussions and negotiations to take place at many different stages in a long and iterative process...
Experience in becoming learners in the assessment community
Maureen Scharberg
Although I have no formal education in assessment since my graduate degree is in chemistry, I just thought it was an important component as I began my career in chemical education. While teaching this course, I realized that the curriculum and pedagogy seemed to be working well.
Linking departmental & institutional mission: The Morehouse experience
J.K. Haynes
Building a strong department from the foundation of a solid vision that drives all planning and assessment is the key to the success of the biology department at Morehouse College.
Planning, implementing and assessing an integrated math and science curriculum
Charles Allen, Bruce Callen, Donald G. Deeds, Mark Wood
This essay describes the assessment protocols through which Drury University monitored the impact of a multi-disciplinary curriculum for all students developed collectively by their STEM faculty. The full description of the ten-year development and evolution of their curriculum is presented in an essay in the Journal of College Science Teaching. That reformers need to be in it for the long-haul is one lesson learned from the Drury experience.