Monthly Archives: September 2018

FSU’s DFW rate metric: What I told my Physics Department colleagues

FSU’s Physics Department faculty reacted strongly (and negatively) to the announcement by the university that academic departments and courses would be evaluated in part by the rate at which students earned grades of D or F or withdrew – the … Continue reading

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Improving student learning through research in a time of institutional distractions

The FSU Physics Department’s Studio Physics Program has been the university’s leading evidence-based teaching initiative for the entire decade of its existence. But we are still trying to get better at helping our students learn physics with the understanding they … Continue reading

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Dual enrollment, early college, and the engineering and physics pipelines: A map of the eight years from 9th grade to bachelor’s degree

As a state, Florida is doing a lousy job of preparing students for bachelor’s degree programs in engineering, physics and other high-income STEM fields. Students in Florida’s public high schools take physics at a rate only about half that of … Continue reading

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Dual Enrollment vs. Advanced Placement: Which college credit option is attracting more students in Florida’s public high schools?

While dual enrollment has proven to be a popular option for Florida’s college-bound high school students who want to satisfy their college freshman English requirements before graduating from high school, few high school students are using the dual enrollment route … Continue reading

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The Florida College System’s dual enrollment program: Which college courses do high school students most often sign up for?

More than 25,000 Florida high school students took a first-semester college Freshman English course at Florida College System (FCS) institutions during the 2017-18 academic year via the system’s dual enrollment program, according to data supplied by the Florida Department of … Continue reading

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