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.