Part II: 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 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.