FSU’s undergraduate program in physics recognized as a national model in APS/AAPT joint report

Florida State University’s undergraduate program in physics has been featured in a new report on the future of undergraduate physics programs assembled by the Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs (J-TUPP). The “Joint” indicates that the task force was a joint project of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers.

The lead paragraph from the section on FSU’s program:

As a large research university, the physics department at Florida State University must balance competing priorities, including graduate and undergraduate education and research productivity, among a diverse faculty. A strong undergraduate committee and a focus on preparing all students for success have led to a number of successful curricular interventions that prepare students for several key transitions in the major, including entrance to the major and the transition to the upper division, and support students in developing communication and computation skills within the context of the discipline.

The report cites Susan Blessing’s leadership in making what the undergraduate program what it is today.

The full report can be found here.  The section on FSU starts on page 55, and the university was mentioned in several other places in the report.

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