The Army University Research Program
(January 2020 – December 2022)
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The Army University Research Program (AURP) is a learning sciences research program with the aim of improving education across the Army Learning Enterprise with innovative projects that address specific needs. The AURP was created by the vice provost of academic affairs (VPAA), Army University (ArmyU), in 2019 to support evidence-based innovation in the learning enterprise. It is an inclusive program: one needn’t be a researcher by trade to contribute. Practitioners can be faculty/instructors, curriculum or faculty development staff, students, or research staff.
The AURP uses the Army Learning Coordination Council (ALCC) structure to drive solicitation, selection, and oversight of research projects. The administration of the program rests in the Institutional Research and Assessment Division (IRAD), VPAA, ArmyU. AURP activities are managed by the Learning Sciences Committee (LScC), which is a standing committee of the ALCC.
The strengths of AURP projects rest with the opportunity for topics to be proposed by anyone, and the research is done in a collaborative environment with investigators from organizations as varied as IRAD, the Center for the Profession and Leadership, the Army Research Institute, the U.S. Army Institute for Religious Leadership, the Sabalauski Air Assault School, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command-Soldier Center, the Sustainment Center of Excellence, and U.S. Northern Command Gender Advisors. This makes certain that products or policies developed through this process have had input from potential user groups and subject-matter experts.
Current AURP Projects and Status
Since its introduction at the November 2019 meeting of the LScC, the AURP has resulted in seven supported research projects. The Table provides an overview of these projects.
AURP Way Forward
As the AURP grows, additional programmed funding will be required for contracted research support and to transition products to the operational force. Every year, new, varied, and relevant research ideas are proposed to the LScC; we hope that collaborations and support through the LScC continue to grow, and the Army Learning Enterprise is able to produce better educated soldiers through these efforts.
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