UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FOR ALL: INTEGRATION OF RESEARCH INTO THE CURRICULUM
Entering students are often under-prepared for the rigors of higher education. Our efforts should be to promote the development of skills necessary for their success from the start. A stepwise progression from information literacy to application to analysis through synthesis of ideas, concepts, hypotheses and theories to practice will help develop greater student ownership of their education. These skills can be individually developed through course assignments and projects. Intentionality throughout the curriculum helps to remind faculty and students of the importance of process. In some cases, we must be willing implement a flipped classroom model and/or forfeit lecture content in order to develop process oriented skills. Thoughtful organization and structuring of course offerings will ensure collective development of necessary skill sets that complement and build on each other. A capstone course/experience that draws upon skills developed throughout the curriculum helps to promote a more realistic understanding of the discipline and, therefore, application of knowledge.