Approved by College Senate March 7, 1997; see College Bulletin, Vol. XLII, No. 25, March 13, 1997
Approved by President, see College Bulletin, Vol. XLIII, No. 8, October 16, 1997
STATEMENT ON APPLIED RESEARCH: A FRAMEWORK FOR DISCUSSION
OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Applied research is the use of established research methods to address practical questions about policies, interventions, treatments, practices, programs, etc. It constitutes a professional activity that extends the basic characteristics of traditional scholarship into the realm of practical application. It broadens scholarly activity to address immediate real-world problems and provides concrete results or solutions within a reasonable time frame.
Common Characteristics of Scholarlv and Applied Professional Work
Robert M. Diamond's identification of common features of scholarly work in Recognizing Faculty Work: Reward Systems for the Year 2000 (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1993) can be elaborated to provide a helpful framework for evaluating applied professional work:
Criteria for Excellence in Applied Professional Work
Ernest A. Lynton and Sandra E. Elman, in New Priorities for the University (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1987), have identified the following generic questions that may serve as central to the evaluation of applied professional activity:
A process to approve projects in applied research and confirm the outcome of those projects is essential to the integration of this type of scholarship into the faculty reward and review system. An applied research project will be initiated by a descriptive and reflective statement. When the project is completed, a variety of means can be used to assess the outcome.
I. Descriptive and Reflective Statement
II. Assessment of the Applied Professional Activity
Examples of Applied Professional Work
The following are some selected examples of applied research or professional activity from the national literature on this subject:
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