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Workshop Program

Thursday, February 24

6:00 PM
Reception and Dinner, Alumni House
7:30 PM
Welcoming Remarks
After Dinner Talk: Geoff Feiss, Provost, College of William and Mary, Opportunities and Threats - A View from the Top

Friday, February 25

8:30 - 9:30 AM
Programs and Activities that are Working - Poster Session and Continental Breakfast, University Center, Room Tidewater A
9:30 - 10:45 AM
What Constitutes Success? - Small Group Discussion

Consider the following questions from your individual point of view and then discuss the points of view at your table. Create a bulleted list of critera for success and ways in which success is evaluated that the table as a whole thinks are valid and useful.
  • How do you define success for your program? What are the critical factors, the controlling variables?
  • Has your department set any standards or do you employ any metrics whereby you routinely measure the success of your program? Are there processes and procedures in place to conduct this evaluation on a systematic basis?
  • Has your college/university established standards of success and accountability measures for you? Are these consistent with your own and, if not, how do you deal with this inconsistency?
  • In an ideal world, how would you like the success of your program to be evaluated?

Group One (Acrobat (PDF) 47kB Mar3 05) | Group Two (Acrobat (PDF) 75kB Mar3 05) | Group Three (Acrobat (PDF) 64kB Mar3 05) | Group Four (Acrobat (PDF) 64kB Mar3 05) | Overarching Discussion (Acrobat (PDF) 64kB Mar3 05)
Criteria for Success (Acrobat (PDF) 52kB Mar3 05)

10:45 - 11:00 AM
Break
11:00 - 11:45 AM
Multiple Approaches to Curricula that Meet the Needs of Students - Panel
Diane Doser, UTEP; Steve Good, West Chester (PowerPoint 4.1MB Mar3 05); Tim Bralower, Penn State (PowerPoint 4.7MB Mar3 05)
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Designing Successful Curricula - Small Group Discussion

In the context of your table's expertise on students' goals and needs, departmental processes and strategies for setting curriculum, and institutional contraints, create a list of strategies for creating successful curricula that meet the needs of students.

Group One (Acrobat (PDF) 57kB Mar3 05) | Group Two (Acrobat (PDF) 64kB Mar3 05) | Group Three | Group Four (Acrobat (PDF) 47kB Mar3 05)

12:45 - 2:00 PM
Lunch, University Center Dining Hall
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Jack Hehn, Education Director, American Institute of Physics, Lessons from Physics: The National Taskforce on Undergraduate Physics
3:00 - 4:15 PM
Beyond the Curriculum: Other Aspects of Successful Programs - Break Out Groups
  1. Research Experiences, Teaching Opportunities, and Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  2. Supporting Students' Professional Development: Mentoring, Career Advising and Others
  3. Developing and Maintaining a Supportive Learning Community in the Department (PowerPoint 18kB Mar3 05)
  4. Developing and Maintaining a Healthy Faculty (Acrobat (PDF) 55kB Mar3 05)
4:30 - 5:30 PM
What Have we Learned Today? - Whole Group Discussion
Day 1 Overarching Conclusions (Acrobat (PDF) 59kB Mar3 05) | End of Day Evaluation (Acrobat (PDF) 91kB Mar3 05)
7:00 PM
Dinner as a group, Nawab Restaurant

Saturday, February 26

7:00 - 8:15 AM
Breakfast Buffet at Hospitality House
8:30 - 9:50 AM
Being an Essential Member of the Campus Community - Panel and Discussion, Alumni House
Carl Drummond; Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne; Beth Ambos, Cal State Long Beach; Al Trujillo, Palomar College (PowerPoint 2.3MB Mar3 05)
9:50 - 10:20 AM
Break
10:20 - 11:45 AM
Maintaining the Core vs. Developing Connections: Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Programs - Panel and Discussion
Panelists - Chris Keane, AGI; Carolyn Eyles, McMaster University
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Next Steps - Whole Group Discussion
Mid-day Evaluation (Acrobat (PDF) 37kB Mar3 05)
12:15 - 1:30 PM
Lunch, Alumni House
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Building a Department Team that Makes and Implements Decisions - Panel and Discussion
Scott Bair, Ohio State; Dallas Rhodes, Georgia Southern (PowerPoint 7.3MB Mar3 05); Diane Clemens-Knott, Cal State Fullerton (PowerPoint 1.6MB Mar3 05)
2:30 - 3:00 PM
Develop plan for work time - Whole Group Discussion
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Work time to complete synthesis documents from workshop for website and to plan next steps
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Concluding Session - Whole Group Discussion
7:00 PM
Dinner as a group, A. Carroll's Restaurant

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