Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
What Works: Serving All Students
Institutions intent upon ensuring the success of all students:
- expect all students to prosper in the study of these fields
- have graduation requirements expressing expectations of the level of scientific/technological/quantitative literacy of their graduates
- provide adequate resources to build and sustain an inquiry-based learning environment
- make a 'full court' press in identifying and addressing problems and opportunities
- reward those whose work attracts student interest and motivates them to persist and succeed.
Departments and programs intent upon ensuring the success of all students:
- understand key questions to ask in designing programs
- know the impact of introductory courses on student persistence or attrition
- have different points for students to enter into their course of study
- monitor impact of existing and experimental pedagogies on student learning
- have a coherent sequence of departmental offerings for majors.
Faculty working to ensure the success of all students:
- are passionate about their vocation and wish for students to understand and share that passion
- take responsibility for serving students with different backgrounds, learning styles and careers aspirations
- respect cognitive science findings as they develop curricula
- engage in research projects easily integrated into the learning experience of majors.
Connections that serve to enrich the success of all students:
- bring faculty from together around issues of what students should know and where and when during their academic career it should be learned.
Spaces that attract and serve all students:
- are open and welcoming at all times to students
- enable flexible scheduling and use by students with different learning styles
- are themselves laboratories for learning
- serve the entire campus community
- reflect an understanding of the central role that science and mathematics play in 21st century educational programs.