The Research & Creative Experience builds on the competencies students have developed in the foundation courses. These experiences will not be limited to a student's major field of study and will incorporate a range of authentic experiences from traditional one-on-one mentoring to group Research and Creative Experience courses. Because research and creative projects vary from one discipline to the next, some general guidelines have been developed to determine what constitutes a Research and Creative Experience.


  1. Students experience the process of research and creative experience as a unique intellectual activity and generate a scholarly product.
  2. Student autonomy directs the research and creative experience, while faculty and staff provide the framing concepts and contexts.
  3. Research and Creative Experience courses provide frequent and early benchmarks for student progress to encourage early engagement in the research and creative process.
  4. The research and creative experience component done individually or in small groups constitutes at least 1/3 of the course. The remaining part of the course should provide sufficient information about the subject to enable the student to formulate a project as well as provide the student with the tools to do a research and creative project.
  5. Courses geared toward sophomore level students are particularly encouraged, but Research & Creative Experience courses can be at any level. Research & Creative Experience courses may have prerequisites.
  6. Course must address the responsible conduct of research.

Student Learning Outcomes

Through the Research and Creative Experience students will:

  1. Improve their ability to put concepts and facts into practice.
  2. Increase their understanding of the processes and dynamic nature of knowledge.
  3. Strengthen their habits of critical and creative thinking while seeking and synthesizing information from broad and diverse sources.
  4. Deepen their understanding of the importance of team work and collaboration.
  5. Develop responsibility, competency, and confidence.
  6. Expand intellectual curiosity and interest in the subject area.