ERIC Number: ED403117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-22
Physics in Virginia: The State of the State's Public Undergraduate and Graduate Physics Programs. A Report by the Virginia Task Force on Physics. Presented to Virginia's Colleges and Universities and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Revised.
Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
This report, presented in nine parts, contains an executive summary and recommendations, historical background, the national context, a description of physics programs in Virginia for physics majors and those in other majors, a description of students' experiences in physics programs including alumni, an explanation of distribution of faculty responsibilities, a discussion of the recruitment and retention of women and minorities as students and faculty, a description of facilities, an explanation of the costs and benefits of physics programs, and a discussion of partnerships. The executive summary contains five major recommendations that are designed to: (1) preserve the strength of the existing programs while correcting some anachronisms; (2) bring many small programs together to produce teaching and research alliances; (3) and identify special opportunities on which physics departments can focus to attain national status. The recommendations suggest that physics programs should: (1) evaluate their curricula in light of future employment opportunities; (2) form alliances with other programs in physics and related disciplines; (3) communicate more effectively; (4) correct inequities in the enrollment of women and minorities; (5) and keep track of costs and benefits more effectively. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia