SP2.7: Gateways to Success: STEM
This project is aimed at providing seed funding to department soffering large STEM gateway courses. The focus was the reduction in DFW rates for these courses while maintaining a level of student learning consistent with BU quality and expectations. Several departments participated in year-one, trying various approaches.
The goals advanced under this project are:
- Build a dynamic and transformative learning community
- Prepare undergraduates seeking graduate degrees for the challenges of graduate school
- Prepare students to enter the workforce and successfully navigate their own career choices
- Increase four-year graduation rate
The indicators of success for these goals are:
- Increase the four-year graduation rate.
The milestones completed since the last progress report are:
- Provided funding to improve DFW rates and increase student learning in five gateway disciplines.
- Chemistry showed significant and sustained excellence in their gateway Chemistry courses with very low DFW rates while also having their students performed well above average on standardized national chemistry exam. They implemented an excellent early waring and detection system to help identify students in academic trouble and guide them to appropriate support resources.
- Calculus I showed significant improvement in DFW rates having adopted a flipped teaching pedagogy and providing instructors with intensive training and supervision.
Last Updated: 9/12/14