What would using the ceep curriculum look like in a course?

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As an instructor using the CEEP curriculum, you'll walk students through the research process while emphasizing community outreach. The CEEP program asks students to conduct an original research project about entrepreneurship in their neighborhood. This project can be implemented as a stand-alone project in your course or incorporated into an existing project. The CEEP project consists of five steps with an overarching focus on community outreach:


During this step, our students create meaningful and impactful questions relevant to their hyperlocal neighborhoods.


Students assess how to measure their research question best and choose either to create surveys or an interview protocol.


The third step of CEEP requires students to enter their communities and collect data for their study.


Once students have gathered sufficient data, they work with research assistants to systematically analyze their data to uncover significant findings related to their neighborhoods.


The last step of the CEEP project tasks students with connecting with a neighborhood community group (e.g., church, business association group, community board) to discuss their project and receive constructive feedback about their research. Although students report their findings after the project is completed, we encourage them to make connections with local organizations while they are conducting research for two reasons. First, local organizations may be difficult to contact and multiple emails or calls may be required to ensure that students complete the community outreach step. Secondly, we want students to build relationships with organizations in their community to create a larger impact. Reaching out to an organization early on can provide an avenue for students to foster long-lasting community connections.


We've also provided a CEEP teacher manual with an overview of what the program entails, which can be accessed by clicking on the resource tab in the menu. 



CEEP creates a strong connection for students to their local communities of entrepreneurship. Second, the curriculum and activities offer the opportunity for social change and community impact. Lastly, it fills the pipeline of entrepreneurship researchers with diverse perspectives and new ideas.

CEEP builds solidly on the research-as-teaching pedagogy. The program is funded for expansion by the Kauffman Foundation. Completed research projects with all 5 steps and submitted to the CEEP website will receive a $250 scholarship at the end of the project. The projects can be completed in teams if the faculty would like. Each student on the team would gather data for their question within their specific neighborhood. Faculty who enroll, integrate CEEP into their class(es), and complete the evaluations will receive a $500 scholarship per class (through spring 2024).

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