Undergraduate Research as System Mapping the Institutional Landscape of a High-Impact Practice

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Laura E Cruz
Devon Anckle
Lara LaDage
Amy Chan Hilton
Alan Rieck


This study examines the written and visual results of a participatory systems-mapping process used to explore undergraduate research at a large, public research university in the United States. With the university’s transition to a high-impact practice model, the institutional value of undergraduate research has increased, but challenges remain in implementing the practice equitably and inclusively, especially in the complex environment of higher education. The systems-mapping process reveals the subtle, often conflicting dynamics that underlie the undergraduate research enterprise, while simultaneously supporting the emergence of a shared vision, or story, of what the undergraduate research experience could be.


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Cruz, L. E., Anckle, D., LaDage, L., Chan Hilton, A., & Rieck, A. (2021). Undergraduate Research as System: Mapping the Institutional Landscape of a High-Impact Practice. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v21i1.30648
Author Biographies

Lara LaDage, Penn State

Associate Professor, Biology 

Alan Rieck, Penn State

Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Education