FIU's standing as a majority-minority institution provides a unique opportunity to build a nationally recognized model of how to best support the learning and academic persistence of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. To achieve our goal, this project will realize four interacting objectives: 1) Expand the number of science and mathematics faculty utilizing evidence-based strategies, 2) Integrate effective measures of classroom learning into all science and mathematics courses, 3) Solidify a culture of evidence-based instructional strategies across the institution, 4) Develop and deploy a research framework for analyzing institutional change in STEM education.
By the end of the project, we will have facilitated lasting change in the classrooms of 15 additional science and mathematics faculty. Combined with the 19 Scholars in the existing project, results in a total of 34 faculty engaged in evidence-based strategies. This represents 19% of the science and mathematics instructional faculty, consistent with the PCAST recommendations for sustaining change. We will also have created a professional development model that will foster ongoing faculty course transformation. The CISL Project bridges the faculty and administrative domains, integrating multiple change agents including faculty, science and mathematics department chairs, the STEM Transformation Institute, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Office of Academic Affairs.