CLOSUP in the Classroom

CLOSUP in the Classroom aims to integrate survey data from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) into undergraduate teaching to enhance and expand student learning.  This project involves the planning, design, and preparation of two new courses, each of which will actively engage with data from one of CLOSUP’s ongoing survey programs.  One course will focus on politics, policy, and governance in the state of Michigan, and the other on energy and environmental policy.  These courses will allow students to formulate and investigate their own research questions regarding current policy issues, and to prepare research papers that will be presented at an end-of-year class conference, with subsequent dissemination through the CLOSUP website.

The Project Team will transform 26 existing survey datasets into classroom-ready versions (including stripping or otherwise modifying identifying variables to protect respondent confidentiality) and will develop the classroom materials and pedagogy to support their use by undergraduates.  In addition to establishing these two courses that can be taught on a regular basis, we hope that CLOSUP in the Classroom’s approach of taking previously unpublished data and transforming it into accessible, usable datasets can act as a model for other researchers around campus, inspiring other UM research centers to expand their efforts to engage undergraduate students in their research.

Project Team

Barry Rabe, Ford School of Public Policy

Debra Horner, Ford School of Public Policy

Sarah Mills, Ford School of Public Policy