Faculty-Student Research Banking

Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity

» Faculty-Student Research Banking (291/491/682) Program (FSRB)

FRE

The FSRB is a course load model to incentivize faculty participation in undergraduate and graduate research. The program allows a student to enroll in independent research or creative activity credits with a specific faculty mentor (291/491/682 course designations in most degree programs), with faculty mentors accruing those teaching credits over time.  Once accrued credits reach a threshold value of 24 (8:1 credit ratio, so that 24 student credits = one 3-credit course), the credits become a “course equivalency,” and the faculty member can request a reduced teaching load in a forthcoming semester.

+ - Accounting

OURCA, with confirmation of student enrollment from the Office of the Registrar, tracks faculty mentor credits in 291/491/682.  Faculty totals can be viewed in Blackboard to allow both the faculty member and the relevant dean/associate dean/department chair access to the current credit accounting, updated on a semester-by-semester basis.

+ - Course Load Reduction Protocol

Once a minimum of 24 student credits have been accrued, a faculty mentor may initiate a request for a reduced course load in a forthcoming semester. (NOTE: Except in unusual circumstances, no faculty’s course load may be reduced to zero in any given term through the 291/491/682 system, and a reduction through this system is not compatible with teaching overloads.)

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  1. Faculty member confirms banked credits via assigned Blackboard Organization. Credits in progress are not available for use and are not recorded in the Blackboard accounting until the end of the semester/term. Faculty can consult OURCA if for clarification of recorded credits.
  2. Faculty consult with the department chair or associate dean about the course load reduction. If the department chair or associate dean cannot accommodate the faculty’s initial request, the department chair or associate dean will indicate when the course load reduction will be accommodated.
  3. Faculty and department chair or associate dean complete and sign the Course Load Reduction form (link to form) and submit it to OURCA via the online portal. (link to portal)
  4. OURCA verifies the faculty member has sufficient banked credits for the requested course load reduction and forwards to the Provost for final approval.
  5. OURCA returns the final approved form to the faculty and department chair or associate dean.
  6. OURCA deducts the appropriate number of credits from the faculty mentor’s accounting at the start of the semester/term in which the course load reduction is used and updates the current balance for the faculty member and appropriate department chair or associate dean.

+ - System Details and Requirements

FSRB System Details –

  • Course designations (291/491/682) for undergraduate and graduate students, respectively, are available in most participating degree programs as “Student-Faculty Research”; students can (re)enroll in 1-3 credits/semester, requiring a minimum of 5 faculty contact hours during the semester and 3 hours of research per week per credit.
  • Because projects under 291/491/682 are designed as complementary to traditional learning formats, no degree or minor program can require 291/491/682 for all its students, nor should a program use this system to cover a gap in its curriculum or staffing.
  • Faculty members supervising research will have these 291/491/682 student credits accrue under their name through the use of section numbers unique to that faculty number (e.g., CHEM-491-80 and CHEM-491-81 represent research credits with two different faculty mentors).
  • An 8:1 ratio represents the “exchange rate” between student credits and faculty teaching credits.
  • Once accrued 291/491/682 research credits reach a value of 24 (corresponding to 3 teaching credits), they become a “course equivalency”, e.g., the equivalent of having taught a full 3-credit course.
  • The faculty member can then request the course equivalency be applied in a forthcoming semester, with the effect of reducing the faculty member’s teaching load by one course in that semester.

 

FSRB Requirements – Students

  • Students must obtain faculty approval and register for 291/491/682 credits by completing the OURCA registration form (link to form) in its entirety during the standard course enrollment period for the upcoming semester.
  • Students must complete Weekly Progress Reports through Blackboard to document student progress/hours on a weekly basis (student tutorial available). Progress reports will be accessible to the student only for the current week and will become inaccessible after that week. Timely completion is necessary.
  • Each students must submit an individual, unique, comprehensive summary of research and/or creative activity at the end of the semester in a format determined by the faculty mentor (e.g., research report, oral presentation, poster presentation, CUSRD); this final summary (Deliverable) should be uploaded onto Blackboard by the last day of regular instruction in the semester (before finals week begins). If multiple students are working on the same project, EACH must summit a unique end-of-semester report describing the specific individual contributions to the larger project.
  • Students must complete the minimum required number of hours of research/creative activity corresponding with the number of 291/491/682 credits registered as follows (3 hrs./week/credit, 15 weeks/semester):

                · 1 credit = 45 hours

                · 2 credits = 90 hours

                · 3 credits = 135 hours

  • Students must have a minimum of 5 individual faculty contact hours during the semester and must document faculty contact hours by noting them in Weekly Progress Reports in Blackboard.
  • Failure to meet these requirements will result in a grade of “NP” or “F.”

 

FSRB Requirements – Faculty

  • Faculty must be full-time and cannot be on sabbatical or research leave.
  • Faculty must review and confirm student research/creative activity hours via the Weekly Progress Reports in Blackboard and transfer the confirmed number of hours into the Blackboard Grade Center for that particular 291/491/682 course (faculty tutorial available) on a regular basis (recommended weekly). In addition to tracking progress for faculty and OURCA, this allows students to track hours completed during the semester.
  • Faculty must have a minimum of 5 individual (not group) contact hours with each student during the semester.
  • The default grading for 291/491/682 courses will be P/NP; however, students may request a letter grade as part of the registration application with approval of the faculty mentor and submission of a formal grading rubric.
  • Failure to meet these requirements will result in forfeiting teaching credits for the semester; forfeited credits are not banked.

OURCA Deadlines & Events 
Fall 2017

October 2nd-6th
Randall Dining Commons 
11:30am-1:30pm
Meal Voucher Required
 
Campus Wide
October 2nd-5th
  
Tuesday, October 3rd
AF 209C
1:30-2:30pm
  
Tuesday, October 3rd
AF 209C
4:00pm-5:00pm
 
Wednesday, October 4th
BK 404
3:00-5:00pm
 
Thursday, October 5th
AF 209C
1:30-3:00pm
  
Thursday, October 5th
AF 209C
3:30-4:30pm
  
Tuesday, November 7th
Midnight
  
Friday, November 10th
4:00pm
  
Wednesday, November 15th
AF 209C
3:00pm-4:00pm
  
Wednesday, December 6th
Sandhu Conference Center
Poster Sessions- TBA
  
Invitation Only
Wednesday, December 6th
BK 404
12:00-1:30pm