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ERIC Number: EJ1156112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Increasing Student Success in STEM: Summary of a Guide to Systemic Institutional Change
Elrod, Susan; Kezar, Adrianna
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v49 n4 p26-34 2017
For the past 20 years, numerous reports have called for change and reform of undergraduate education to improve student learning, persistence, and graduation rates for students in STEM. Many change efforts have been started but few have reached the transformational level of entire programs, departments, or colleges in the STEM disciplines. In order to facilitate more institutional-level STEM reform, the authors created a model that provides both a process and content scaffold that campus leaders can use to plan, implement, and evaluate change efforts in undergraduate STEM education beyond redesign of a single course or isolated program. This article describes the eight stages of a model for institutional change: develop a vision; review the landscape and capacity; identify and analyze challenges; choose strategies/ interventions/opportunities; determine readiness for action; implementation; measure results; and disseminate and plan next steps. The importance of organizational learning, multilevel leadership, and thoughtful development of the team are described, as are primary assumptions within the model. Information on how to implement the model is provided, including examples from campus case studies. Significant barriers commonly encountered in change projects are described to help campus leaders prepare in advance to address them. Implicit biases that were uncovered during work with campus teams in developing the model are described along with ways to address them for project success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; California (Long Beach); California (Los Angeles); California (San Diego); California (San Francisco)
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