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Abstract Title: Exploring faculty's explanations of enrollment issues: where does responsibility and control reside?
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: This study aims to understand how physics faculty seeking guidance in making departmental changes related to recruitment and retention frame the challenges in their program. We focus our analysis on one set of applications submitted to the Departmental Action Leadership Institute (DALI) in its first year of operation. DALI is the community engagement activity of the Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) initiative.It brings together a cohort of physics faculty to apprentice into strategies for sustainable institutional change and facilitation practices associated with leading change teams. Through analysis of DALI applications, we find that many applicants attribute their enrollment challenges to sources outside of their immediate control, while those that do propose solutions to these challenges primarily focus on curriculum change. By understanding how DALI applicants frame their enrollment challenges, developers of departmental change resources can better mold their recommendations and community engagement activities to what is needed, whether that be meeting faculty and departments where they are at or pushing departments to explore new strategies and frameworks for evaluating their challenges.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-78
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Robert P. Dalka
Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 2488773873
and Co-Presenter(s)
Joel C. Corbo (he/him), Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado Boulder
David A. Craig (he/him), Department of Physics, Oregon State University
Chandra Turpen (she/her), Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park

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