March Research Brief Reviews Gateway Course Academy

The March edition of Research & Practice provides a review of the College’s Gateway Course Academy.

The Gateway Course Academy established to analyzing courses with high enrollment but low success rates. The goal of the Academy is to provide faculty with the necessary support to develop, implement, and evaluate improvements at the course-level for identified gateway courses.

In addition to conducting course-based research (e.g., analysis of homework grades, test scores, student evaluations), faculty also explore broader issues of student motivation, college readiness, and faculty development. A cadre of Academy consultants are assigned to the team, including an instructional designer, information literacy specialist, skills instructor, and academic research specialist. Financial support is also available to bring in outside experts or for conferences.

Several new Gateway Course Academies are slated to begin at the College in September 2013. Training for faculty participants (ENG 101, ENG 102, MAT 100, MAT 106, HIS 101, HIS 102 & CIS 110) will begin this semester in preparation for fall research and inquiry.

The Academy was modeled on the Faculty Inquiry research method developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

~ by Whitney Etter

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