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Strategic Plan for Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship

Context For Planning

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship was established in 2010. Prior to 2010, the Office of Integrative Learning in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies housed OURS signature programs such as Student Summer Scholars (S3) and Student Scholars Day (SSD). 


Currently, OURS administers seventeen programs that support either students or faculty who are engaged in undergraduate research and scholarship. These programs include: Academic and Professional Enrichment Fund
  • Academic Conference Fund
  • Academic Professional and Enrichment Fund
  • Alayont Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Mathematics
  • Brooks Supplementary Start-up Funds for New Faculty
  • CLAS Supplementary Start-up Funds for New Faculty
  • GVSU McNair Scholars Program
  • GVSU Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation
  • Michigan Space Grant Consortium
  • Modified Student Summer Scholars
  • OURS Project Supplies Grant
  • Student Scholars Day
  • Student Summer Scholars
    • Koeze Fellows
    • Ott-Stiner Scholars
    • Rowe Fellows
    • Schroeder Fellows
    • Underwood Fellows
  • Sustainable Agriculture Place-Based Project Grants
  • Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program
  • Undergraduate Research Assistants in the Humanities
  • Undergraduate Research Fair

Mission

To facilitate a university climate and culture that embraces and supports faculty mentored student research, scholarship, and creative work.

Vision

Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work provide opportunities for students to apply their disciplinary learning and develop critical thinking through engaging in authentic inquiry. The process of developing an argument, proposing a hypothesis, exploring an idea, or developing a creative work transforms and empowers students’ perceptions of their skills and abilities propelling them towards unrealized dreams and aspirations. OURS creates space for students to engage in these opportunities at GVSU by removing barriers to participation, supporting faculty who mentor undergraduate researchers, scholars, and artists. OURS also invites the campus community to recognize and celebrate the scholarly products of our students.

Value Statement

OURS values: 

  • Excellence: OURS values excellence in all aspects of our work. This includes: the high quality of our students' research, scholarly, and creative work; the balance of support and challenge provided by our faculty mentors; and the assessment and refinement of OURS programs.
  • Integrity: OURS is dedicated to transparency and fidelity in the administration of our programs and service delivery. OURS values integrity as both a component of the research, scholarly, and creative process and the ethics of decision making. We work to ensure that all of our students and mentors have training in ethics, as it relates to their disciplines and methodology.
  • Inquiry: OURS is committed to providing students with the opportunity to engage in the potential and power of inquiry, or creativity. We recognize that inquiry and creativity come in many forms depending on the discipline and the methodology. We recognize and strive to meet the needs of all disciplines, pure or applied.
  • Inclusiveness: OURS is committed to inclusivity. We believe that our mission is realized only when all community members have the ability to openly engage in active research, scholarly inquiry, and creative expression. We also believe part of that path is recognizing and advocating for the removal of barriers that prohibit all from engaging fully with the GVSU community.

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

Increase educational opportunities for students to learn about the various facets of undergraduate research, scholarship, creative inquiry.

Baseline

Establish baseline in report year 2016

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Baseline was established in FY/AY207. Tracking mechanism for office traffic is being updated for FY18 to provide better disaggregated data and reflect new staffing for advising.

Objective 1.A.2

Increase the participation of minoritized and marginalized students in OURS programs by 10%

Baseline

Baseline to be established in 2017.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Baseline for all programs established on 2017 FY.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase the number of opportunities for undergraduate students to actively engage in disciplinary inquiry and research. Sub objective: Increase the number of underrepresented student participating in UGR by 25%.

Baseline

Program numbers from CY2016. Scholar and stipend programs only.

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Descriptive statistics have been employed that collect student applicant demographic information, which is inclusive of social identity.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

Increase level of support for faculty who express interest and/or are currently working with undergraduate students in research/scholarly capacities. Sub-objective 2.1: Increase the number of research assistants (URAs) by 20%, diversifying disciplines.

Baseline

Baseline will be established in 2017 report year.

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
We added the Kindschi Fellows Program which added a STEM element to the URA model. In FY18, we also will be adding URA-SBS (Social and Behavioral Sciences) in FY18. The addition of the Kindschi FP doubled compensated lower division research program capacity. We are developing a comprehensive mentoring training program that will provide support to the faculty mentoring undergraduate researchers. This will be formally launched Summer 18. The OURS Faculty Fellow has been advising as well, beginning FA17.

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
This year, we collected baseline data. As such, no strategic action was taken to meet the objective. This is also a new objective.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Increase level of support for faculty who express interest and/or are currently working with undergraduate students in research/scholarly capacities. Sub-objective 2.2: Increase by 20% the number of professional development opportunities for faculty focused on undergraduate student mentoring and mentoring historically marginalized populations.

Baseline

Establish baseline CY 2017.

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
We established our baseline this year and began to roll out formal support for faculty mentors. The Faculty Fellow is meeting actively with new faculty in CLAS. We have a section of the website which is being prepped for launch. This section has evidence-based best practices for mentoring, as well as mentorship resources. We have developed an IDP (individualized Development Plan) for launch WI18. Population specific workshops are also being offered.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

Develop new ways to communicate undergraduate research as it relates to the mission and strategic plan of Grand Valley State University.

Baseline

Document current outreach for the 16-17 AY.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
OURS launched a formal newsletter in WI18, which was developed in the FA. We also have been working with Admissions to assist in recruitment of prospective students and transfers.

Objective 4.A.2

Increase the number of students who disseminate and celebrate their scholarly work. (Increase the number of student presenting at SSD by 5%. Increase the number of student utilizing the Academic Conference Fund by 5%)

Baseline

Baseline established based off of 2016 SSD and FY17 ACF numbers.

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
158 students travelled on ACF funds for FY17. SSD, 371 presentations, 630 students

Objective 4.A.3

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