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Abstract Title: Investigation of physics departments' assessment and change practices
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: It is important that change in physics programs is deliberate, evidenced-based, and engages multiple stakeholders. To assess the state of departmental change practices, the Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Initiative regularly runs a survey of department chairs to measure departmental cultures of assessment. The 2023 survey received 163 research-consenting responses. This paper presents two claims based on these survey results: (1) assessments are largely not seen as leading to change, although chairs aspire for them to do so, and (2) chairs see substantial room for improvement in how they go about changing the undergraduate physics program, especially when it comes to engaging multiple stakeholders and using data effectively. The significant difference between current and ideal points to areas where shifting the culture within departments could have support from departmental leadership.
Session Time: Poster Session 2
Poster Number: B24

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Nathalia Sarai Martinez Garcia
University of Maryland College Park
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland

Robert P. Dalka, University of Maryland

Joel Corbo, University of Colorado Boulder