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Abstract Title: Improving education through departmental change: a comparison of approaches
Abstract: Those seeking to change the policies, practices, and cultures of universities to support effective educational practices often find it a challenge. To navigate this work, change efforts are increasingly being focused at the department-level, including two models for departmentally-based change: the Departmental Action Team (DAT) Project and Teaching Quality Framework (TQF) Initiative. In the DAT Project, externally-facilitated working groups, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, pursue collectively-determined projects aimed at improving the undergraduate experience in their department. In the TQF Initiative, externally-facilitated working groups of faculty (modeled on the DAT Project) focus on transforming teaching evaluation practices in their department. To better understand these related models of institutional change, we conducted interviews with individuals from the DAT Project and TQF Initiative, including facilitators and grant PIs. We present results that give insight into outcomes of these models, impacts of differences between the models, and avenues for growth in the models.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.E2

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alanna Pawlak
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 6308631032
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kristin Oliver, University of Colorado Boulder
Sarah E. Andrews, University of Colorado Boulder
Dena F. Rezaei, University of Colorado Boulder
Mark Gammon, University of Colorado Boulder
Joel C. Corbo, University of Colorado Boulder
Noah D. Finkelstein, University of Colorado Boulder