The Environment for Scientific Research by Undergraduates: Some Thoughts on Reading the Academic Excellence Study. Academic Excellence: A Study of the Role of Research in the Natural Sciences at Undergraduate Institutions. SpecialReport as inadecuate




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The Academic Excellence (Research Corporation, 2001) study contains quantities of interesting data. The findings of this study make it apparent that all institutions profess undergraduate research as a value, and that all institutions put resources into research. Science activity has increased in the 1990s. In general, institutions tend to fund startup and facility costs, while the government and foundations fund equipment and research projects. Many of the conclusions reached by this study might have been predicted before the study was done, but others were somewhat surprising. One item that was a pleasant surprise was than 25% of the published papers included student coauthors. Another surprise was that there are no clear, unambiguous trends in the perception of what is most needed in funding. Also surprising was that the presence of graduate programs does not generate significantly more research grants or lead to great enhancements in faculty publication profiles. Data from the study make it possible to calculate such things as the average cost of producing a paper or the productivity of different academic ranks. The study leaves unanswered many questions, but overall is a thought provoking and useful examination of faculty roles and research at predominantly undergraduate institutions. (SLD)

Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Environment, Grants, Higher Education, Publications, Research, Undergraduate Students

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Author: Tritton, Thomas R.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6165&id=ED469491







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